[Cite as http://purl.org/au-research/grants/nhmrc/627223]
Dr Peter Zalewski
Prof Hubertus Jersmann
Prof Sandra Hodge
Brief description Zinc is an essential dietary component that serves a number of functions in the lungs. It is both an anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory agent. Some airway inflammatory diseases such as emphysema may involve a critical loss of lung zinc. We believe that cigarette smoke causes the loss of zinc and this prevents the lung macrophages from working properly to clear bacteria and dead cells. This will provide a foundation for our long term goals of better clinical management of emphysema.
Funding Amount $AUD 288,975.22
Funding Scheme NHMRC Project Grants
Standard Project Grant