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MAARA, or the Midlands Asthma and Allergy Research Association, is a registered charity based in the East Midlands. We were founded in 1968 by Dr Harry Morrow Brown to undertake and fund research into the causes of asthma and allergy. During our history we have been involved with well-known treatments which are still widely-used today, for example Beconase and Flixonase the hayfever treatment sprays, and  the first “standardised prick needle” for skin prick testing of allergies developed by Dr Morrow Brown which continues to be used today.

 

What We Do

 MAARA works with Asthma and Allergy specialists in our local East Midlands hospitals to investigate better treatment, promote understanding, sponsor medical staff learning, provide specialist equipment and provide financial support for health specialists in this field.

MAARA also supports and funds the collection, counting and reporting of pollen and fungal spores. MAARA is the only centre in the UK and one of the very few in the world with a long-term pollen and spore databank.

 

Our History

 We were founded in 1968 by Dr Harry Morrow Brown to undertake and fund research into the causes of asthma and allergy.

During our history we have been involved with well-known treatments which are still widely-used today, for example Beconase and Flixonase the hayfever treatment sprays and the first “standardised prick needle” for skin prick testing of allergies developed by Dr Morrow Brown.

 

  • BecotideDr Morrow Brown pioneered the first modern treatments for asthma using inhaled steroids

  • As a result of research and clinical trials at MAARA headed by Dr Morrow Brown, Becotide was first successfully marketed in 1972 and has since revolutionised the treatment of asthma

  • MAARA developed the first standardised prick test needle which is now marketed as the Allersharp needle

  • MAARA supports and funds the collection, counting and reporting of pollen and fungal spores. This makes MAARA the only centre in the UK and one of the very few in the world with a long-term pollen and spore databank. It has the world’s longest running continuous records for pollen and fungal spores

  • AllersharpData collected by the Aerobiology department is used to forecast pollen levels for hayfever sufferers and is used by the media and press. The MAARA data has also been used in collaborations with research institutions on an international scale

  • In 1989 MAARA tested a spray, Flixonase for the nose which proved to be extremely effective in the treatment of a runny nose, a blocked nose, nasal itching and sneezing.  The success of this spray is now well proven and GPs continue to prescribe it to this day

 

MAARA’s work now is as important as it has ever been. In addition to funding research, it is are committed to raising the profile of asthma and allergy conditions, which have seen a significant increase in recent years, as we are aware that the field of allergy receives neither the level of importance nor recognition it so richly deserves. We are also only too aware that many, including health professionals, have a limited knowledge of this branch of medicine.

 

Meet the Committee

As a charity, MAARA needs to be run in accordance with rules from the Charity Commission, who recommend that a committee be used to regulate a Charity’s operations.

The MAARA Executive Committee is responsible for decisions regarding our day to day running and for ratifying major financial decisions. Without their input the charity could not function. We are fortunate to have committee members from all backgrounds, medical specialists, business-people, technical experts and those who have experience of asthma and allergy either personally or from a family member.

The photographs below allow names to be put to the faces of our Committee!

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