A $1 million donation has been made to the Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden, to fund a new research program aimed at increasing the understanding of the most severe forms of asthma.

The donation from the Sandler Foundation USA will be used to develop The Bernard Osher Initiative for Research on Severe Asthma at Karolinska Institutet.

“Difficult-to-treat asthma is currently the major unmet need in asthma care,” says Professor Sven-Erik Dahlén, head of the center for allergy research at Karolinska Institutet. “These patients have a greater risk of developing a wide range of complications, and the underlying causes remain at large. It is clear that there are many different forms of severe asthma and there is a requirement for true translational research to move this field forward.”

The donation was made as an 80th birthday gift from Marion Sandler, an asthma sufferer herself, to her brother Bernard Osher.