Asthma is one of the most common airway diseases in the world. Patients with asthma often have breathing difficulties during normal daily activities or during the night while sleeping. They often suffer from wheezing and coughing attacks, which may be triggered and worsened by allergen exposure or by a viral infection such as the common cold or flu.

 

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Author: Dilara KARAGÜZEL is an MSc. student at the Asthma and Allergy Pathogenesis Laboratory at the Hacettepe University in Ankara, Turkey under the direct supervision of Assoc. Professor Cagatay Karaaslan. She is part of a research group interested in unraveling the protease activated receptor related mechanism(s) and airway remodeling in allergen induced asthma. She is working on her thesis about extracellular matrix proteases and their relations with allergens in the lung.

Mentor: Dr. med. Milena Sokolowska (Head of Immune Metabolism at the Swiss Institute of Allergy and Asthma Research (SIAF), Davos, Switzerland) in the context of the EAACI Junior Member Mentorship Programme.