Current Studies

Title: MAN05 - Effects of ultra-long acting bronchodilator therapy assessed by impulse oscillometry in smoking asthmatics taking inhaled corticosteroids

Description:  Cigarette smoking in asthma is associated with poorer asthma control and a higher frequency of asthma attacks. Asthma in smokers is particularly challenging to manage because it is resistant to the beneficial effects of inhaled corticosteroids, the main treatment for asthma. In view of the above, we propose to assess the effects of two different types of bronchodilators i.e. inhalers which help open up the airways, in asthmatics who continue to smoke.

Entry Requirement:  

  • Current smoker
  • Male or female aged 18-65, with asthma but not COPD

Title: CPET1 Chronic beta-blockade and cardiopulmonary exercise in COPD

Description:  We are assessing if beta blockers (drugs that slow the heart rate down) will improve exercise capacity in people with COPD and also how the beta blockers affect breathing tests. We know beta blockers help heart problems, since the heart and lungs are closely connected, we believe there will be benefit in COPD also.

Entry Requirement:  

  • COPD age 40-80, with a previous or current smoking history