Scientists will be recruited for new positions to direct the research in line with strategic priorities set jointly by GSK, AstraZeneca and The University of Manchester, with the ultimate goal of translating findings into new and improved treatments. Such advances could potentially benefit the millions of people worldwide affected by diseases associated with chronic inflammation, including asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, rheumatoid arthritis and inflammatory bowel disease.
Inflammatory diseases affect millions of people worldwide, leading to pain, disability and, in some cases, premature death. Inflammation is a process by which the body combats infection or trauma and heals itself, but in some diseases this normally beneficial mechanism is present chronically leading to cellular damage, tissue destruction and a range of painful symptoms throughout the body, including joints, internal organs, skin and connective tissue. Further understanding of the mechanisms and cell types governing inflammation, repair and resolution will allow us to develop new therapies for diseases such as asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, vasculitis, inflammatory bowel disease and many other painful chronic conditions.