From February 2017, information about the work of the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, University of Glasgow is available and updated on the University of Glasgow website.

Respiratory Health

There are distinct differences in respiratory health among ethnic minority children, associated with both anthropometric and social factors. 


Projects are examining:

  • the influence of anthropometry, socio-economic disadvantage and ethnic differences in lung function
  • the correspondence of self-reported smoking and salivary cotinine in ethnic minority adolescents
  • the impact of passive smoking exposure on lung function and asthma.



Whitrow M, Harding S. Asthma in Black African, Black Caribbean and South Asian adolescents in the MRC DASH study: a cross sectional analysis. BMC Pediatrics 2010;10:18

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Whitrow MJ, Harding S, Maynard M. The influence of parental smoking and family type on saliva cotinine in UK ethnic minority children: a cross sectional study. BMC Public Health 2010;10:262

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Whitrow M J, Harding S. Ethnic difference in adolescent lung function: anthropometric, socioeconomic, psychosocial factors. American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine 2008;177:1262-7

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  • Anthropometry Refers to body measurements such as height, weight, waist and hip circumferences
  • Salivary cotinine Cotinine is a byproduct of nicotine. Saliva cotinine is used to measure exposure to tobacco smoking as it more sensitive to a low level of exposure to tobacco smoke
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