International collaboration initiative between Trinity College and the WIMR

Dr. Carsten Ehrhardt (Trinity College Dublin) and members of the Respiratory Technology Team at the WIMR have been successful in securing funding for the establishment of a project to study the implications of drug transporters in the lung on pulmonary drug disposition.

As part of a multi-institutional collaboration, Carsten will spend a sabbatical period at the Woolcock studying transporter expression in different lung cell types and their affect on drug absorption after inhalation of current lung therapeutics. This primer grant will support an initial study of healthy and diseased lung tissue from clinical patients and will result in a greater understanding of the mechanisms that underpin disease and the effectiveness of current inhalation medicines. The grant is worth 12,000 dollars under the International Research Collaboration Award scheme at the University of Sydney.