Scientists in Aberdeen will investigate what triggers asthma in preschool children.
The researchers from the University of Aberdeen will follow more than a thousand children from infancy until the age of four to try to discover what factors cause the condition to develop.
For this latest UK-wide study, funded by the Wellcome Trust, around 1,000 mothers from five centres in the UK – including 200 women in Aberdeen – are being asked to get involved, whether they have asthma or not.
The study will see cells swabbed from 1,000 newborn babies and will be carried out in partnership with Edinburgh, Southampton and Queen Mary universities and Imperial College London.
Follow ups will be carried out with the same children up until they reach school age.
Experts at the university have already shown that there is an apparent link between the diet of pregnant mothers and the likelihood of their children developing asthma.
A woman’s diet while pregnant can affect the cells that line babies’ airways. These airway cells are linked to asthma symptoms in young children.