The Bernard Osher Initiative for Research on Severe Asthma
[2008-10-02] Karolinska Institutet has received a donation of SEK 1 million from the Sandler Foundation in the USA for research on severe asthma.
Difficult-to-treat asthma is currently the main obstacle to improving the care of asthma sufferers. These patients have a higher risk of developing many different complications and the causes of the disease are often unknown.
The donation will be used to develop a new research programme: The Bernard Osher Initiative for Research on Severe Asthma at Karolinska Institutet, which will aim to characterise better the symptoms of severe asthma and try to find its underlying causes and mechanisms.
“The success of the Bernard Osher Initiative for Research on Severe Asthma hinges not only on world-leading researchers but also on a management with expertise in both basic and clinical science,” says Marion Sandler, chairperson of the Sandler Foundation. “There are consequently few research institutes in the world with the capacity to drive an initiative of this magnitude, and Karolinska Institutet is very much one of them.”