+Author Affiliations 1National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research, London, UK2Faculty of Medicine, National Heart & Lung Institute, Imperial College London, London, UK3Institute of Environmental Medicine, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden 4Faculty of Medicine, University of Southampton, Southampton, UK
Asthma represents an area of significant unmet medical need, with few new drugs making it to the clinic in the past 50 years. Much asthma research is currently carried out in non-human models. However, as asthma is a uniquely human condition, it is difficult to translate findings from these models to efficacious therapies. Based on the results of a survey of the UK asthma research community carried out jointly between the NC3Rs, Asthma UK, the UK Respiratory Research Collaborative and the Human Tissue Authority, we propose that more emphasis be placed on the use of human tissue studies to provide more relevant models that better translate to the clinic and which reduce the reliance of the asthma community on less predictive animal models.
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