Danish Pediatric Asthma Center
COPSAC is part of the Danish Pediatric Asthma Centre (DPAC), a network aiming to improve quality in management of pediatric asthma.
The network consists of COPSAC and the pediatric allergy and pulmonology research departments in the university hospitals of Kolding and Skejby.
DPAC is an independent humanitarian institution established in 2002. The institution receives governmental funding but is continuously dependent of contributions from funds, private companies and private donors.
DPAC is managed by an unpaid committee and receives advising from a scientific board, an attorney and an accountant.
Her Royal Highness Princess Benedikte of Denmark is protector of DPAC.
Danish Pediatric Asthma Centre, Kolding
Professor S. Pedersen is head of DPAC at Kolding University Hospital comprising 6 employees.
The department is a clinical research unit especially focusing on
- Long term follow-up of childhood asthma in terms of environmental triggers, physical activity, diet, allergies, and genetic susceptibility.
- Aspects of medical treatment of childhood asthma such as dose-response, lung deposition, efficacy, and possible side effects.
Danish Pediatric Asthma Centre, Skejby
Professor P.O. Schiøtz is head of DPAC at Skejby University Hospital.
Characterization of the mast cell and its involvement in allergic inflammation is the main objective of the research carried out at DPAC, Skejby.
The department has its own laboratory and has developed a technique for generating functional human mast cells from CD133(+)/CD34(+) progenitor cells isolated from peripheral blood and cord blood already within 7 weeks.