Treatable Traits Launch Night Presentations

Launch of the Centre of Excellence in Treatable Traits

April 29th we celebrated the launch of The Centre of Excellence in Treatable Traits. Throughout the presentations Directors, Professor Vanessa McDonald and Conjoint Professor Peter Gibson along with Chief Investigator Professor Ian Pavord, explore the necessity of Treatable Traits and how we plan to implement this novel management of chronic airway disease.


Professor Vanessa McDonald is a Professor in Chronic Diseases in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Newcastle University and the Director of the Centre of Excellence in Treatable Traits.

Professor Ian Pavord is a Professor in Respiratory Medicine at Oxford University and a Chief Investigator at the Centre of Excellence in Treatable Traits

Conjoint Professor Peter Gibson is a Respiratory Physician and Clinical Researcher in the Department of Sleep and Respiratory Medicine and Director at the Centre of Excellence in Treatable Traits

Presentation Summary

  • Introduction to the Centre
  • The evolution of treatable traits in airway diseases
  • Treatable Traits the burden and the purpose of this approach

They discuss

Prof Vanessa McDonald discusses the vision and aims of Centre of Excellence in Treatable Traits. Prof McDonald discusses how the Centre will offer; areas of new knowledge resources that are accessible through multiple modes, and finally training and development for research and education affiliates.

Prof Ian Pavord discusses the progression and need to move away from current approach for managing asthma and COPD and move towards an approach that identifies treatable traits for individual treatment which would fundamentally address unmet needs.

Conjoint Prof Peter Gibson discusses the heterogeneity of chronic airway diseases and how mapping the traits allows for targeted therapy resulting in positive outcomes for the patients. Prof Gibson suggests the ABC approach to the Treatable Traits model of care.