Research call-out: pregnant women with asthma for HMRI

The Breathing for Life Trial is a randomised trial of a new asthma management strategy which reduces asthma attacks among pregnant women developed by researchers at HMRI. The trial aims to demonstrate that this strategy also improves outcomes for the newborn baby, and has long lasting benefits into childhood.

Research leaders Professor Joerg Mattes and Dr Vanessa Murphy have confirmed that respiratory risk factors are at play beyond a genetic predisposition.

“A family history of asthma, particularly when it’s the mother, markedly increases the risk for babies to have respiratory disease,” Professor Mattes said.

“We wondered whether giving women better asthma treatment during their pregnancy would have a flow-on effect, and the difference was stunning and somewhat unexpected in its magnitude.”

Newcastle mum Jodi Slinn (pictured), who has taken part in the trial, is excited to think her beautiful daughter Olivia, 4, might not have to endure asthma like she did.

Olivia’s lungs are working perfectly.

The trial is currently recruiting at Newcastle’s John Hunter Hospital.

If you are interested in participating or would just like more information please call Kelly Steel at HMRI’s Department of Respiratory Health at  on 02 4042 0130 or email


Image: HMRI – Jodi Slinn and daughter Olivia have been involved in the Breathing for Life trial

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