MAARA, or the Midlands Asthma and Allergy Research Association as we are also known, is a registered charity based in the East Midlands. We were founded in 1968 by Dr Harry Morrow Brown to undertake and fund research into the causes of asthma and allergy. During our history we have been involved with some well-known treatments which are still widely-used today, for example we undertook the clinical trials for Beconase and Flixonase the hayfever treatment sprays and Dr Morrow Brown developed the first “standardised prick needle” which continues to be used for skin prick testing of allergies. MAARA works with hospitals, clinics and patients with medical researchers and asthma and allergy specialists to provide much needed medical equipment, funding of projects to identify the causes and help to develop new effective treatments.
Maara`s work now is as important as it has ever been. In addition to funding research, we are committed to raising the profile of asthma and allergy conditions, which have seen a significant increase in recent years, as we are aware that the field of allergy receives neither the level of importance nor recognition it so richly deserves. We are also only too aware that many, including health professionals, have a limited knowledge of this branch of medicine.
Asthma and allergy affects the lives of so many people of all ages – in fact it is estimated that a third of the UK population, some 18 million people, will develop an allergy at some point in their lives; yet there are only 6 NHS Allergy Centres in the UK to treat these conditions.
It is our aim to make both a positive and a practical difference by taking action, to ensure that all of those who need it have access to and proper diagnosis and treatment of their particular condition, to implement schemes that educate and to provide practical help and support for anyone who may ask for it.
We are not funded by Government or the NHS and therefore rely solely on the generosity of our members, supporters and the general public for our funds and their subscriptions, donations and legacies are vital to ensure the continuance of our valuable work.
MAARA was founded in Derby over 40 years ago by Dr Harry Morrow Brown to fund and develop research into asthma and allergy
Dr Morrow Brown pioneered the first modern treatments for asthma using inhaled steroids
As a result of research and clinical trials at MAARA headed by Dr Morrow Brown, Becotide was first successfully marketed in 1972 and has since revolutionised the treatment of asthma
MAARA developed the first standardised prick test needle which is now marketed as the Allersharp needle
On 16 July 1981 MAARA sponsored the first comprehensive allergy clinic of its kind in the UK