What we are studying
There are new, very sensitive methods for detecting bacteria. These methods show that hundreds of millions of microbes (organisms that can only be seen with microscopes), especially bacteria, live in healthy people. The collection of different microbes found in a site is called a “microbiome.”
The purpose of this research study is to find out if the microbiome in the lungs is different in healthy people without asthma compared to people with allergic asthma. This study will also find out if the microbiome of the lungs changes when people with asthma take a daily “controller” medication called an inhaled corticosteroid.
Healthy volunteers will receive $460 for completing all study visits; Asthma patients will receive $1060 for completing all study visits