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Newsletter December 2013

Dear Global Asthma Network colleagues and friends, A very warm welcome to you all, to this - the very first Global Asthma Network (GAN) newsletter. As you know, GAN was established in 2012, developing out of two groups, the International Study of Asthma and Allergies in Childhood (ISAAC) and the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union), bringing strengths from both organisations.

Expressions of Interest

We are proud to say we have expressions of interest in GAN from 229 centres from 101 countries already! In the following pages you will find more detail on the centres. We have also included a section on website use-age which you might find useful. This was something we included in the ISAAC newsletters.

ATS 2014

The 2014 American Thoracic Society (ATS) conference will be held in San Diego, USA from May 16-21. Our very first collaborative GAN abstract has been submitted and we are yet to hear about the outcome. The title and authorship is “Asthma management guidelines and strategies – who has them? P Ellwood, E Ellwood, MI Asher and the Global Asthma Study Group”. We have booked a GAN Exhibit Space in the Global Community section of the Exhibit Hall and hope to see you if you are attending the ATS. Philippa Ellwood and I will both be at the GAN booth. I have also been invited to present a lecture at the ATS on “Asthma disparities: A global perspective”

Global Asthma Report 2014

The GAN Steering Group is busy preparing for the Global Asthma Report (GAR) 2014 which will be modelled on the GAR 2011 This will be ready in time for United Nations 2014 Non Communicable Disease Review (UN 2014 NCD Review).

Surveillance Study Protocols

We are finalising protocols for surveillance and will let you know when these are ready.


The GAN website is regularly updated, and we always welcome contributions and suggestions. In addition to the work on GAN, the existing ISAAC website will continue to be maintained by Eamon Ellwood and publications added as they are published.

We are very heartened with the development of GAN so far and very pleased with the number of centres worldwide enrolling.

On behalf of the Global Asthma Network Executive I wish you a very happy Christmas and a safe and prosperous New Year.

Professor Innes Asher ONZM
Chair of GAN

Global Asthma Network Centres December 2013

Africa Asia-Pacific Latin America & Caribbean Northern and Eastern Europe
Burkina Faso Taiwan Chile Turkey
Bobo-Dioulasso Taipei Valdivia Ankara
Cameroon Tainan Colombia
Douala Thailand Cali Oceania
Yaounde Bangkok Bogota Australia
Ethiopia Chantaburi Barranquilla Sydney
Addis Ababa Chiang Mai Bucaramanga Newcastle
Mekelle Khon Kaen Costa Rica Adelaide
Gambia Vietnam Costa Rica Brisbane
The Gambia Ho Chi Minh Ecuador French Polynesia
Ghana Quito Polynésie française
Kumasi Eastern Mediterranean Guayaquil New Caledonia
Accra Iran Esmeraldas Nouvelle-Calédonie
Kenya Ahwaz El Salvador New Zealand
Eldoret Yazd San Salvador Auckland
Nairobi Tehran Mexico Wellington
Malawi Rasht Monterrey Otago
Blantyre Birjand Ciudad de Mexico Hawke's Bay
Nigeria Bushehr Guadalajara Waikato
Ibadan Zanjan Mexicali Valley Christchurch
Ife Jordan Villahermosa Bay of Plenty
Lagos Amman San Luis Potosí Northland
Maiduguri Jerash Querétaro Marlborough
Kano Kuwait Nicaragua Niue
Gusau Kuwait Matagalpa Niue Island
Enugu Malta Panama Samoa
Senegal Malta Panamá City Apia
Dakar Pakistan David-Panamá Tokelau
Sierra Leone Islamabad Peru Tokelau
Freetown Palestine Lima Tonga
South Africa Ramallah Tumbes Nuku'alofa
Polokwane North Gaza Puno Tuvalu
Cape Town Saudi Arabia Uruguay Funafuti
Ekurhuleni Abha Montevideo Vanuatu
Pretoria Alkhobar Port Vila
Sudan Madinah North America
Khartoum Riyadh Canada Western Europe
Gadarif Oman Ontario Austria
Uganda Al-Khod Vancouver Salzburg
Kampala Syrian Arab Republic Saskatoon Urfahr-umgebung
Zambia Lattakia United States Belgium
Lusaka United Arab Emirates North Carolina Antwerp
Egypt Sharjah Fort Wayne Channel Islands
Cairo Madison Guernsey
Alexandria Indian Subcontinent Seattle France
Algeria India Chicago Marseille
Algiers Kottayam Metropolitan Detroit Bordeaux
Bab El Oued New Delhi West Marne
Blida Chandigarh Northern and Eastern Europe Créteil
Benin Bikaner Albania Germany
Cotonou Jaipur Tiranë Munich
Sèmè Podji Chennai Armenia Greece
Congo Dem Rep Mumbai (2 centres) Yerevan Athens
Kinshasa Lucknow Bosnia and Herzegovina Thessaloniki
Libya Orissa Prijedor Ireland
Tripoli Kolkata (2 centres) Bulgaria Ireland
Mali Vellore Sofia Italy
Bamako Bangalore Georgia Roma
Reunion Island Aligarh Tbilisi Palermo
Reunion Island Bijapur Kutaisi Florence 
Togo Bangladesh Hungary Trento
Lome Dhaka Szeged Ascoli Piceno
Tunisia Sri Lanka Kosovo Empoli
Ariana Colombo Prishtina Netherlands
Tunis Peradeniya Latvia Utrecht
Riga Portugal
Asia-Pacific Latin America & Caribbean Macedonia Lisboa
Brunei Argentina Skopje Spain
Brunei Buenos Aires Norway Cartagena
Hong Kong Mendoza Oslo Barcelona
Hong Kong Salta Tromsø Castellón
China Bolivia Poland San sebastián
Beijing Santa Cruz Krakow (1995) La Coruña
Hefei Brasil Poznan Valencia
Tayuan Sao Paulo South Romania Sevilla
Indonesia Porto Alegre Cluj-Napoca Cádiz
Bandung Recife Russia Asturias
Japan Belo Horizonte Novosibirsk Bilbao
Fukuoka Rio de Janeiro Tomsk Málaga
Tochigi Brasília  Serbia Madrid
Korea, South Passo Fundo Belgrade United Kingdom
Seoul Maceió Novi Sad Birmingham
Philippines Curitiba Indjija
Metro Manila Feira de Santana Ukraine
Singapore Santo André Kharkiv
Singapore Pelotas Rural Kharkiv

Global Asthma Network Website Report

The Global Asthma Network website is intended to be the main channel for the dissemination of information. It includes information of use to collaborators in the Global Asthma Network, such as upcoming conferences and symposiums, asthma management guidelines and the latest asthma related news.

The website will be continuously updated in the coming year to include tools and information to support our Asthma Surveillance research.

Website Statistics

Global Asthma Report Downloads

The precursor activity leading to the Global Asthma Network was the Global Asthma Report 2011. After two years it is still being accessed regularly around the world.

Social Media

The Global Asthma Network is on Twitter. All Global Asthma Network tweets are included as an extension of the news section. News items are tweeted, as well as pertinent Asthma related information.

Once the Surveillance study is underway we will include a facebook page as another way for investigators to keep in contact with and support each other.

A Wikipedia page is also in the process of being drafted. It will follow the format of the existing ISAAC Wikipedia page.

Attention GAN Collaborators

Our network has been targeted by an email scam. If you receive any unusual requests for assistance from any of the steering group members, please ignore it.

These emails are a common scam that has also targeted many other organisations. Please note we will never make any request for financial assistance from our collaborators. If you have any questions please contact us at