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Correspondence on the paper by Krauss–Etschmann S, Bush A, Bellusci S, et al.
  1. J Bousquet1,2,
  2. J M Anto3,4,5,6,
  3. J Heinrich7,
  4. T Keil8,
  5. D S Postma9,10,
  6. J Sunyer3,4,5,6
  1. 1Department of Respiratory Diseases, University Hospital, Hôpital Arnaud de Villeneuve, Montpellier, France
  2. 2Respiratory and Environmental Epidemiology team, Inserm, CESP Centre for research in Epidemiology and Population Health, U1018, Villejuif, France
  3. 3Centre for Research in Environmental Epidemiology (CREAL), Barcelona, Spain
  4. 4IMIM (Hospital del Mar Medical Research Institute), Barcelona, Spain
  5. 5CIBER Epidemiología y Salud Pública (CIBERESP), Spain
  6. 6Departament de Ciències Experimentals i de la Salut, Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF), Barcelona, Spain
  7. 7Helmholtz Zentrum München, German Research Centre for Environmental Health, Institute of Epidemiology I, Neuherberg, Germany
  8. 8Institute of Social Medicine, Epidemiology and Health Economics, Charité—Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Berlin, Germany
  9. 9Department of Pulmonology, GRIAC Research Institute, University Medical Center Groningen, Groningen, The Netherlands
  10. 10Department of Pulmonology, University of Groningen, Groningen, The Netherlands
  1. Correspondence to Professor Jean Bousquet, CHRU Arnaud de Villeneuve, Service des Maladies Respiratoires, 34295 Montpellier Cedex 5, France; jean.bousquet{at}

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  • Funding This correspondence was supported by the European Commission's Seventh Framework Programme under grant agreement No 261357 (MeDALL).

  • Contributors Dear Doctor Bush, We have read with great interest the recent paper of Krauss–Etschmann et al published in Thorax this month. We would like to make the following very positive comments for future collaboration. Best regards. JB.

  • Competing interests JB has received honoraria for participation in scientific and advisory boards, giving lectures, and press engagements from Actelion, Almirall, AstraZeneca, Chiesi, GlaxoSmithKline, Meda, Merck, Merck Sharpe & Dohme, Novartis, oM Pharma, Sanofi-Aventis, Schering Plough, Stallergènes, Takeda, Teva and Uriach. TK has received research support from the European Union (EU) and DTG. DSP has received, for the University of Groningen, funding for research from Chiesi and AstraZeneca, and also for consultancies and/or lecturing at international meetings from AstraZeneca, Boehringer Ingelheim, Chiesi, GSK, Nycomed and TEVA.

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