Dr Gary Litherland, Lecturer in UWS’ School of Health and Life Sciences said:
“COPD is now the third biggest killer in Scotland, recently overtaking cardiovascular disease for the first time. Smoking, pollution, genetics, infection and prematurity are among the contributing causes of COPD.
“Areas of Southwest Scotland, Dundalk and Northern Ireland are considered to be COPD ‘hotspots’ and the prevalence of COPD cases is up to 68.8% higher in Ayrshire than the GB national average.
“This event was an important forum to discuss progress, and to highlight the opportunities the BREATH Programme brings to connect people and help accelerate research toward patient benefit.”