Professor Paul Foster, School of Biomedical Sciences and Pharmacy, The University of Newcastle, Newcastle, NSW.
Chronic inflammation plays a central role in many respiratory diseases, which often leads to impaired immunity and poor quality of life. Current therapies are of limited efficacy, and most treat the symptoms and not disease processes. Here I will describe key pathways involved the regulation of inflammation in the setting of asthma and emerging concepts on pathogenesis. The emerging role of non-coding RNA in the regulation of inflammation and innate host defence will also be discussed.