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Investigating Inflammatory and Developmental Pathways Underlying Bronchopulmonary Dsyplasia

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posted on 2021-04-01, 04:46 authored by LAKSHANIE CARMEN WICKRAMASINGHE MUDIYANSELAGE
Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia (BPD) is a debilitating lung disease that affects premature infants. Due to the lack of a cure, novel treatment strategies are urgently required. The primary focus of this PhD thesis was to investigate inflammatory and developmental factors that contribute to the development of BPD. The Immune cell factor, granulocyte colony-stimulating factor was identified as a critical driver of severe lung pathology in BPD, while vascular endothelial growth factor-D, an understudied developmental factor, protected the infant lungs from structural and functional impairment. This research has identified two new disease targets, supporting efforts in therapeutic discovery for BPD treatment.


Principal supervisor


Additional supervisor 1

Evelyn Tsantikos

Additional supervisor 2

Peter van Wijngaarden

Year of Award


Department, School or Centre

Central Clinical School

Additional Institution or Organisation

Immunology - Alfred

Campus location



Doctor of Philosophy

Degree Type



Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences