Professor Judy Bradley has been awarded £72,156 to to find about current airways clearance treatments in adults with bronchiectasis in Northern Ireland
These results will tell Professor Bradley and her team about current practice and provide more evidence to support airway clearance treatments in bronchiectasis. They hope these results will inform a bigger survey Europe wide and a study to improve service delivery for people with bronchiectasis.
Dr Damian Downey has been awarded £60,897 to help design better tests to diagnose and monitor community-acquired pneumonia. The results from this study will help to ensure patients are on the right treatment for them and hopefully help reduce antibiotic resistance in the future.
Dr Murali Shyamsundar has been awarded £40,490 to research the pulmonary and systemic effects of hyperoxia (a state in which oxygen supply is excessive and can be harmful).
Dr Shyamsundar hopes that this project will have a significant impact on clinical oxygen use.
Dr Bettina Schock was allocated £68,500 to analyse samples from airway cells in children with and without asthma to test the effectiveness of drugs, potentially leading to new treatments.
Dr Schock was also allocated £56,078 to examine how gut bacteria and the immune system develop in infants with chronic lung disease, including cystic fibrosis (CF).
Dr Liz Simpson was allocated £116,453 to examine e-cigarette use within NI. This two-stage study employs the theory of Planned Behaviour (theory-driven research) and will provide a better understanding of the personal and social factors influencing e-cigarette use.
Professor Frank Kee received £50,000 towards the Northern Ireland element of a UK-wide research project that will examine the effectiveness of offering financial vouchers to pregnant smokers as incentives to engage with smoking cessation services and quit during and after pregnancy. The local Public Health Agency and Cancer Research UK are also funding this research.
Current Respiratory Research Funded by Northern Ireland Chest Heart and Stroke
|Recipient||Research Project||Amount Awarded|
|Professor Judy Bradley||Airways Clearance Treatment in Adults with Bronchiectasis||£72,156|
|Dr Damian Downey||Designing Better Tests to Diagnose and Monitor Community-Acquired Pneumonia||£60,897|
|Dr Murali Shyamsundar||Pulmonary and Systemic Effects of Hyperoxia||£40,490|
|Dr Bettina Schock||Asthma Inflammation and Drug Repositioning||£77,466|
|Dr Bettina Schock||Mircobiome in Chronic Airway Disease Infants||£56,078|
|Dr Liz Simpson||E-cigarette Attitudes||£116.453|
|Professor Frank Kee||RCT Smoking in Pregnant Women||£50,000|