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National Publications

The following publications used ISAAC data from United Kingdom:

  • Kaur B, Anderson HR, Austin J, Burr M, Harkins LS, Strachan DP, Warner JO. Prevalence of asthma symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment in 12-14 year old children across Great Britain (International Study of Asthma and Allergies in Childhood, ISAAC UK). BMJ 1998; 316(7125): 118-24.
  • Austin JB, Kaur B, Anderson HR, Burr M, Harkins LS, Strachan DP, Warner JO. Hay fever, eczema, and wheeze: a nationwide UK study (ISAAC, international study of asthma and allergies in childhood). Arch Dis Child 1999; 81(3): 225-30.
  • Burr ML, Anderson HR, Austin JB, Harkins LS, Kaur B, Strachan DP, Warner JO. Respiratory symptoms and home environment in children: a national survey. Thorax 1999; 54: 27-32.
  • Priftanji A, Strachan D, Burr M, Sinamati J, Shkurti A, Grabocka E, Kaur B, Fitzpatrick S. Asthma and allergy in Albania and the UK. Lancet 2001; 358(9291):1426-7.
  • Anderson HR, Ruggles R, Strachan DP, Austin JB, Burr M, Jeffs D, Standring P, Steriu A, Goulding R. Trends in prevalence of symptoms of asthma, hay fever, and eczema in 12-14 year olds in the British Isles, 1995-2002: a questionnaire survey. BMJ 2004; 328(7447): 1052-3.
  • Austin JB, Selvaraj S, Godden D, Russell G. Deprivation, smoking and quality of life in asthma. Arch Dis Child 2005; 90(3): 253-7.

United Kingdom, Western Europe

Centres:Phase:PI:Age Groups
Anglia and Oxford1 Professor H Ross Anderson 13-14
North east and Yorkshire1 Professor H Ross Anderson 13-14
North Thames1 Professor H Ross Anderson 13-14
North West1 Professor H Ross Anderson 13-14
Scotland1 Professor H Ross Anderson 13-14
South and West1 Professor H Ross Anderson 13-14
South Thames1 Professor H Ross Anderson 13-14
Sunderland1 Dr Mohammad H Shamssain 13-14, 6-7
Surrey/Sussex1 Professor David Strachan 13-14
Trent1 Professor H Ross Anderson 13-14
Wales1 Professor H Ross Anderson 13-14
West Midlands1 Professor H Ross Anderson 13-14
West Sussex2 Professor David Strachan
North Thames3 Professor H Ross Anderson 13-14
Scotland3 Dr Jane B Austin 13-14
South Thames3 Professor H Ross Anderson 13-14
Sunderland3 Dr Mohammad H Shamssain 13-14, 6-7
Surrey/Sussex3 Professor David Strachan 13-14
Wales3 Dr Michael Burr 13-14

National Coordinator:


  • ISAAC Steering Committee
  • National Coordinator for United Kingdom
  • Phase One Principal Investigator for Anglia and Oxford, North east and Yorkshire, North Thames, North West, Scotland, South and West, South Thames, Trent, Wales, West Midlands
  • Phase Three Principal Investigator for North Thames, South Thames

Professor H Ross Anderson

Professor H Ross Anderson

Division of Community Health Sciences
St George's, University of London and MRC Centre for Environment and Health
Cranmer Terrace
United Kingdom

ISAAC Perspective of National Coordinator – United Kingdom

Representatives from the UK were closely associated with the development of ISAAC (HR Anderson, ML Burr, B Sibbald, DP Strachan, H Williams) and have had a continuing role in the Steering Group and Executive Committee. The UK has participated in all phases of ISAAC including the early study of asthma using the video questionnaire in the counties of Surrey and Sussex .

With funding from the National Asthma Campaign we conducted Phase One in 13-14 year-olds on a nationwide basis by sampling a high school from every county in England, Scotland and Wales. The regions of England were used to define ISAAC “centres” for the purposes of international reporting, but national publications were also prepared using the combined dataset.

Phase One fieldwork was carried out concurrently in the Channel Islands (Jersey and Guernsey) and the Isle of Man. Independently, a survey of 6-7 year-olds was carried out in Sunderland. A special feature of Phase One in the UK was the inclusion of a questionnaire on domestic pollution sources, which was a precursor to the environmental risk factor questionnaire used internationally in Phase Three.

Schools from the West Sussex area of southern England participated in Phase Two.

Again with support from the National Asthma Campaign, the UK successfully completed Phase Three studies in the all of the centres that took part in Phase One, with the exception of England where the survey was repeated only in South East England (London and its surrounding counties).