Project Lead: Lamiece Hassan, University of Manchester
A team of researchers from The University of Manchester, the Royal Society of Biology and the British Society for Immunology have worked with people with seasonal allergies to design a new smartphone app that collects data on when and where allergy symptoms occur.
Seasonal allergies are on the increase in the Western world: approximately one in four people have hay fever or asthma, and the incidence is increasing. The causes are not yet known, although there is evidence to suggest it might be related to changes in our environment, increased exposure to pollutants and decreased exposure to childhood infections. Whilst data exists regarding air quality, pollution and the weather, there is a lack of corresponding data on allergy symptoms.
#BritainBreathing aims to use the power of ‘citizen science’ to investigate these complex relationships to shed light on the causes of increases in allergies, whilst empowering citizens to understand and manage their own symptoms in the process.