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Southampton Recognised for Asthma and Allergy Achievements
Mar 27 2014
The asthma, allergy and immunology service in Southampton has been named a world centre of excellence for achievements in clinical innovation and research.
The endorsement of University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust and the University of Southampton's department of allergy by the World Allergy Organisation means city experts will now help to lead training, research and education internationally over a three-year term.
It is currently the only service in the world to hold this status.
In addition to hosting one of the largest allergy and immunology centres in the country at Southampton General Hospital, the department has an extensive research programme alongside hospital care which aims to discover novel ways to prevent the development of asthma and allergy, as well as finding better treatments for sufferers.
Various projects underway involve studying the effects of both genetic and environmental factors and how changes in the make-up of genes can play a role in altering the risk of allergic disease to see how the process could be reversed.
Professor Hasan Arshad, a consultant at Southampton General and chair of allergy and clinical immunology at the University of Southampton, said: “To be named the world centre of excellence is a tremendous achievement and testament to the magnificent progress in patient care and research by some truly exceptional people.
"These people have kept Southampton at the forefront of allergy and asthma research for more than 30 years and we are extremely privileged to have such an array of expertise and talent within one team in our university and hospital.
"We now have a fantastic opportunity to influence international progress in our field over the course of our term."
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