The Australian Asthma Genetics Consortium (AAGC) was formed in 2009 to promote a more rapid progress towards the identification of the genetic causes underlying asthma.

In the next few years, the AAGC will collect and analyse whole-genome genetic data from >2,000 asthma patients from across Australia, in an effort to identify new genetic variants robustly associated with asthma risk. This project received funding for 2010-2012 from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) of Australia.

The participating institutions are the QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute (QLD), the University of Melbourne (VIC), Monash University (VIC), University of Western Australia (WA), the Woolcock Institute (NSW) and the Royal Children's Hospital (VIC).

We are currently recruiting participants for our QIMR Asthma Study. If you are over the age of 18, have had asthma diagnosed by a doctor and are interested in participating, please visit www.asthma.qimr.edu.au