Wilmore Webley, associate professor of microbiology, presents "A Cure for Severe Asthma: New Hope for the Future."
Asthma is a major public health problem, affecting over 300 million people worldwide. Its prevalence has increased considerably over the past three decades. Almost 50% of all asthma patients have a type that does not respond well to the classic treatment of a corticosteroid inhaler. Webley's research has determined that patients who do not respond well to this treatment most often have Chlamydia pneumoniae bacteria in their lungs which directly leads to lung damage. His research has confirmed that antibiotic treatment can eliminate symptoms in patients with Chlamydia-induced asthma.
Webley's talk presents how his laboratory research provides new hope for patients with hard-to-control asthma.