E-Cigarettes and Vapes have been marketed largely as a healthier alternative to traditional smoking, as well as to assist people in getting over the habit of smoking traditional cigarettes. Is this really the case? And are they really healthier for you?
Dr Jane Bourke is a Senior Lecturer in Pharmacology at Monash University, where she leads the Respiratory Pharmacology Group. Her research focuses on identifying improved therapeutic strategies in chronic lung diseases. She has unique expertise in Australia with an innovative technique in which changes in intrapulmonary airway and artery lumen area can be visualized in situ in precision cut lung slices. With numerous local and international collaborators, she has applied this approach in preclinical studies in animal models of asthma, COPD, infection, pulmonary hypertension and bronchopulmonary dysplasia to study disease mechanisms and test novel therapeutic interventions. More recently, she has commenced studies using human tissues to facilitate clinical translation.
Jane has published her research in specialist respiratory and pharmacology journals (Thorax, European Respiratory Journal, AJRCMB, American Journal of Physiology (Lung), Respiratory Research, Trends in Pharmacological Sciences, British Journal of Pharmacology) as well as multidisciplinary journals (Nature Communications, Clinical Science, Scientific Reports). She is currently an Editorial Board Member for Frontiers in Physiology and Scientific Reports.
Daniel completed his medical training in University College Cork Ireland in 2014. He went on to complete Basic Medical training to gain membership to the Royal College of Medical Physicians Ireland. In 2017 he began working as a General Medicine Registrar in Melbourne. Currently he is employed an Assistant Lecturer with the dynamic team at the Centre for Human Anatomy Education at Monash University. He has a keen interest in Anatomical Pathology, as well as ongoing engagement in research and education development.
- E-cigarettes and Vaping
- Traditional cigarettes
- Respiratory histology
- Upper airway anatomy
Links to related resources
- What we know about e-cigarettes and vaping
- WHO Trends on smoking and nicotine
- Correlates of electronic cigarette use in the general population and among smokers in Australia – Findings from a nationally representative survey
- Macrophage Damage
- COPD vape protein study
- Vaping and cancer
- Vape Pen Explosion
- Pro-inflammatory effects of e-cigarette vapour condensate on human alveolar macrophages
- E-Cigarette Use Causes a Unique Innate Immune Response in the Lung, Involving Increased Neutrophilic Activation and Altered Mucin Secretion
- E-cigarette smoke damages DNA and reduces repair activity in mouse lung, heart, and bladder as well as in human lung and bladder cells