In support of World Asthma Day on 2nd May, Dr Neil Holden of the School of Life Sciences presented a public lecture on ‘The Science of Asthma’.

Asthma is a huge burden on our society. At least 1 in 11 people in the UK receive treatment to try and control the symptoms, and over a billion pounds is spent by the NHS every year on medication and caring for people with asthma. Deaths caused by asthma in Lincolnshire are at a 10 year high.

Dr Holden’s lecture focussed on the underlying science behind asthma, with particular interest on its 3 common aspects:

1) Inflammation

2) tightening of the airways and

3) changes to the structure of the lungs

You can watch the lecture online (approximately 1h30m)

If you would like to find out more about Dr Holden’s work, or find out how you can contribute to his asthma research send an email to or follow his account on Twitter.