University of Queensland Diamantina Institute (UQDI)

Asthma and Allergy Research

Dr Ray Steptoe and his team are developing novel approaches to allergy and asthma treatments using gene therapy - engineered cells that produce new blood cells, targeting specific immune cells, 'turning off' the allergic response.  The eventual goal is a single injected gene therapy, replacing short-term treatments that target allergy symptoms with varying degrees of effectiveness.