Airway Disease Predicting Outcomes through Patient Specific Computational Modelling (AirPROM)

At a Glance
  • Status: Active Consortium
  • Year Launched: 2011
  • Initiating Organization: European Comission Seventh Framework Programme (FP7)
  • Initiator Type: Government
  • Disease focus:
    Asthma, Copd
  • Location: Europe
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airThe Airway Disease Predicting Outcomes through Patient Specific Computational Modelling (AirPROM) consortium is a European Commission–funded consortium focused on developing computer and physical models of the airway system for patients with asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). By understanding how air flows through the lungs, researchers hope to better understand why the lungs become obstructed in these two targeted diseases.


AirPROM aims to create tools that predict how asthma and COPD develop, because current methods can only assess the severity of disease. AirPROM’s ultimate aim is to bridge the gaps in clinical management of airway-based disease by providing reliable models that predict disease progression and the response to treatment for each person with asthma or COPD.

The project is divided into different work packages (WP) to cover the following areas:

AirPROM brings together the existing clinical consortia (EvA FP7, U-BIOPRED IMI, and BTS Severe Asthma), with additional expertise in physiology, radiology, image analysis, bioengineering, data harmonization, data security and ethics, computational modeling, and systems biology


AirPROM is funded by the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) with €11.7 million under the Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) theme. The total cost of the consortium is €15.5 million.

Intellectual Property

As a European Commission–funded effort, AirPROM follows the guidelines and principles outlined within the Seventh Framework Programme.

Patient Engagement

Several patient foundations are involved as formal partners in the consortium.

Data Sharing

AirPROM has a comprehensive data management platform created and managed by BIOMAX Informatics AG. The BioXM system provides a secure and sustainable infrastructure that semantically integrates the clinical, physiological, genetic, and experimental data produced with existing biomedical knowledge from allied consortia and public databases. This resource will be available for analysis and modeling and will facilitate sharing, collaboration, and publication within AirPROM and with the broader community.


The objective of this study of thermoplasty, a treatment for patients delivering heat to lung tissue to reduce the amount of smooth muscle present in the airway wall, is to understand the effects of the procedure and whether it works better for some patients than others. The past 30-40 years has seen no real improvement in the treatment of severe asthma. The bronchial thermoplasty treatment will be further examined in the study.

This study provided 61 randomized patients with placebos and medication. Primary outcome measures were gained through questionnaires. The study was successfully delivered because the drug in question worked for patients.

Another study on ventilation heterogeneity evaluates the various differences between patients in their physical lung defects, which hinder their breathing. Understanding the basis of the problem can potentially indicate reasons for the onset of decreasing lung function, especially in diseases where it accelerates quickly, and can be an early indicator for future airway obstruction. The study considers all asthma outcomes including exacerbations, clinical outcomes, structure and functional imaging, bronchial biopsy outcomes, and ventilation defects.

Points of Contact

European Lung Foundation
442 Glossop Road
S10 2PX
phone: +44 114 267 2875

Sponsors & Partners

Academic Medical Center - Amsterdam

Aix-Marseille University


Biomax Informatics AG

Biosci Consulting

British Thoracic Society

Commissariat à l'énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives

European Commission

European Federation of Allergy and Airways Diseases Patients’ Associations

European Lung Foundation

European Respiratory Society

FluidDA NV

Fundació Parc Cientific De Barcelona

Helmholtz Zentrum München

Imperial College London

Institut Mines-Télécom

Instytut Chemii Bioorganicznej Polskiej Akademii Nauk

Instytut Gruźlicy i Chorób Płuc

Karolinska Institutet

Materialise NV

Objet Geometries GmbH

Országos Korányi Tbc és Pulmonológiai Intézet

Queen’s University Belfast

Semmelweis University


Umeå University

University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire

University of Catania

University of Ferrara

University of Leicester

University of Manchester 

University of Nottingham

University of Oxford

University of Sheffield

University of Southampton

University of Warwick

Last Updated: 06/20/2017

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