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Our role is to support the delivery of high quality clinical research in Respiratory disorders and manage participant recruitment to time and target, both for Respiratory studies which are led from Scotland, and studies led from other nations in which Scottish sites are participating. We provide support in the following areas:

  • Managing the study portfolio record
  • Monitoring the attainment of recruitment targets
  • Providing advice on study design and feasibility
  • Troubleshooting issues with poor recruitment
  • Sharing information on new studies
  • Identifying potential sites for studies
  • Facilitating access to resource to support research
  • Raising the profile of Respiratory Research.

Respiratory diseases are a major cause of death in the UK. Asthma affects one in seven children in the UK. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is the fourth most common cause of death worldwide. Cystic fibrosis is the most common single gene disorder of childhood and respiratory infections account for 6% of global disease.

Respiratory Studies

The Respiratory Specialty Group oversees research dealing with diseases of the respiratory system. Through quality research the group aims to develop and monitor new therapies and interventions. Key topics of Respiratory research include:

  • The development of medicines for all respiratory disorders
  • Asthma and COPD
  • Cystic fibrosis and bronchiectasis
  • Lung infections
  • Interstitial lung diseases
  • Lung cancer
  • Pleural disease
  • Sleep disorders
  • Disorders affecting the chest wall and respiratory muscles.

Information for patients, carers and the public

NRS Research Scotland is committed to actively involving patients, those who care for them and the public in all aspects of the research process, including shaping future research activity. Read more

Key Contacts

Specialty Co-Lead: Professor Adam Hill

Specialty Co-Lead: Dr Philip Short

Performance Manager: Madeleine Bayne