"Professor Hansbro is working with his team from the University of Newcastle, as well as the Harvard Medical School, to develop treatments for airway inflammation disorders. He says he is focussing on the role of bacteria. 

"Changes in bacteria might be important in a lot more diseases than we realise, especially diseases that have become a lot more prevalent in the last 10 or 20 or 40 years," he said.

"That's when we've had a big change in diet that may well be altering the microbiomes and bacteria in our guts."

Read more about Prof Hansbro's work.