Bioscience

Researchers to study how dogs decrease asthma susceptibility

October 12, 2009

By Flinn Foundation

[Source: PhysOrg.com] – Researchers at the UA aim to learn more about how the presences of dogs at home seems to reduce the risk of children contracting asthma and its related conditions later in life.

Serrine Lau, professor at the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy, and a team of UA researchers have received a two-year National Institutes of Health Challenge Grant of $937,302 to study how dogs present in the home near the time of a child’s birth decrease his or her chance of developing asthma.

Lau, who is principal investigator on the study, is also director of the Southwest Environmental Health Sciences Center and a member of the BIO5 Institute.

For more information: Researchers to Study How Dogs Decrease Asthma Susceptibility