Asthma Research in China: Introduction

Peter Eastwood, Lieve Bultynck

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Asthma Research in China
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Published: July 2015

Honorary Guest Editor: Chen Wang
Guest Editor: Huahao Shen
Associate Guest Editor: Rongchang Chen


It is with great pleasure that we present two article compilations highlighting current asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) research in China. This project reflects Respirology’s commitment to support and promote respiratory research from the Asia-Pacific region. Manuscript submissions from China are rapidly increasing and more papers are finding their way to publication in international journals. In 2014, 19% of submissions to Respirology originated from mainland China with 16% of those accepted for publication – an acceptance rate that is on par with the journal’s overall acceptance rate. One of those papers1 went on to win the Fukuchi Award for best original research paper published in Respirology in 2014 as voted by a distinguished panel of international experts, and another paper2 featured in the top 10 most cited Respirology papers of 2014.

The articles presented in these two special compilations have been selected from those published in Respirology in 2014 and 2015 following acceptance after the journal’s rigorous two-tier peer review process, and showcase the latest asthma and COPD research from mainland China. With more than 28 million asthmatics and 43 million COPD sufferers, the burden of asthma and COPD in China is high.3,4 China has one of the highest asthma case fatality rates in the world and, with increasing urbanization and associated air pollution, asthma prevalence and mortality is expected to rise further.3 COPD was the third leading cause of deaths in China in 2010 and the high prevalence of smoking in China is of great concern.4,5 The research presented in these compilations of asthma and COPD articles make a strong contribution towards a better understanding of the genetics and pathogenesis of these chronic disease, as well as their diagnosis and management.

We hope that these compilations prove to be of significant interest to our readers not only in China but also in the wider international respiratory medicine community.

Peter R. Eastwood, PhD and Lieve Bultynck, PhD

Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Asthma Research in China
  • Topics in Focus
  • Asthma Research
  • article compilations
  • chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) research
  • chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) research in China


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