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Respiratory Conditions

We're currently researching into Respiratory Conditions

Acute respiratory illnesses are the leading cause of death in New Zealand children. The umbrella term of respiratory conditions includes bronchiectasis, pneumonia, asthma and cystic fibrosis.

In Progress

Bronchiectasis Exacerbation Study (BEST)

A study to determine whether antibiotics are necessary to treat bronchiectasis when chest physiotherapy may be effective with viral infections and which is the most effective antibiotic to use.

Hospitalised pneumonia with extended treatment in young children to prevent long-term complications.

HOPE: Hospitalised pneumonia with extended treatment in young children to prevent long-term complications Associate Professor Cass Byrnes University of Auckland…

Does lack of oxygen help Pseudomonas aeruginosa survive antibiotic treatment in cystic fibrosis?

Does lack of oxygen help Pseudomonas aeruginosa survive antibiotic treatment in cystic fibrosis? Professor Iain Lamont University of Otago, Dunedin…

An oxygenated solution to pneumonia deaths in Pacific children

A pilot project in Tonga to test and refine a 24/7 portable oxygen system, with limited or absence of power, in reducing pneumonia-related child mortality.

A quest to find new antibiotics to fight superbugs

This project, stemming from a seed grant last year, is investigating New Zealand microorganisms from plants to as to their ability to kill the bug staphylococcus aureus.

Vitamin D used to prevent hospital readmissions with acute lower respiratory infections (ALRIs)

A randomised controlled trial to determine whether vitamin D supplementation in children for 12 months reduce the number of hospital readmission for ALRIs compared to the control group.

Recently Completed

Can gamification of chest physiotherapy for children with cystic fibrosis and bronchiectasis improve adherence? 

Can gamification of chest physiotherapy for children with cystic fibrosis and bronchiectasis improve adherence? A/Prof Cass Byrnes University of Auckland &…

Can a novel intervention improve quality of life for children with sleep problems?

Testing the efficacy of a mandibular advancement splint in children who suffer from sleep-disordered breathing, in order to prevent further health issues developing in the future.

Early detection of bacteria in the lungs using a non-invasive breath test?

Laboratory analysis of mucus build up in the cystic fibrosis lung to determine an effective breath testing diagnostic of harmful bacteria.

Ventilator gas flows and bronchopulmonary disease in preterm babies: a randomised controlled trial

A trial into the effects of low ventilator flows compared with standard flows, to attempt to reduce lung injury in extremely preterm babies, thereby improving long-term health.