Staff Profile


Professional Qualifications

Membership of Learned Societies

Ulster Medical Society

Association of Physicians of Great Britain & Ireland

British Thoracic Society

American Thoracic Society

Intensive Care Society of Ireland

Intensive Care Society

European Society of Intensive Care Medicine





Membership Of Other Societies / Professional Activities

Professional Activities 

Member of editorial board for The Open Critical Care Medicine Journal 2008-

Review papers for Thorax, Critical Care Medicine, Chest, American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, Intensive Care Medicine, American Journal of Physiology: Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology, Quarterly Journal of Medicine and PLoS Medicine

Expert reviewer for MRC, National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and Scottish Chief Scientist Office Biochemical and Therapeutic Research committee research grants

NIHR Health Technology Assessment (HTA) programme College of Experts 2009-

NIHR Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation (EME) (MRC funded) programme College of Experts 2009-

Review abstracts for the British Thoracic Society Scientific meeting 2006-

Medical advisor for the study of medical admissions into adult general intensive care units undertaken by the National Confidential Enquiry for Patient Outcome and Death (NCEPOD).

Member of Data Monitoring and Ethics Committees for 2 ICORG multi-centre clinical trials

Positions of responsibility

Co-Director of Research UK Intensive Care Society                                            2009-

Chair of the Irish Critical Care Clinical Trials group                                              2009

Member of UKCRN / NIHR Specialty Group for Critical Care 2008-

Intensive Care Society Research Committee                                                      2008-

Clinical lead Northern Ireland Clinical Research Network for Critical Care                2007-

UK and Ireland Acute Lung Injury group (co-founder)                                        2007-

Vice-Chair of the Irish Critical Care Clinical Trials group                                      2006-2009

Deputy Director of Research UK Intensive Care Society                                     2008-2009

Invited lectures

I have given over 20 national (UK and Ireland) and 8 international invited presentations, with a further 6 international invited presentations pending.

8th World Congress on Trauma, Shock, Inflammation and Sepsis. March 2010.

            Simvastatin in the treatment of pulmonary Inflammation and acute lung injury

30th International Symposium on Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine. March 2010.

            What we need before a phase III trial - Clinical trials under the spotlight

            Human models to test novel therapies

            Keratinocyte growth factor in ARDS: New therapeutic options

            Statins in ARDS: New therapeutic options

UK Intensive Care Society. Dec 2009

            Identifying new treatments for ALI.

British Thoracic Society. Dec 2009

Human models of lung inflammation.

British Burns Association Annual Conference April 2009

Recent advances in respiratory care in ICU

Irish Congress of Anaesthesia May 2008

Statins; Emerging indications.

College of Emergency Medicine annual scientific conference May 2008

Assessment of the critically ill.

ICS acute lung injury seminar November 2007

Emerging pharmacological treatments.

9th Current controversies in anaesthesia and peri-operative medicine. October 2007

Update on acute lung injury.

Intensive Care Society of Ireland. June 2007.

Basic research relevant to novel therapies for ARDS.

Scottish Intensive Care Society of Ireland. June 2007.

Emerging therapies for treatment of ARDS.

27th International Symposium on Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine. March 2007.

            Endothelial injury

            Inhaled therapy

            Beta-adrenergic agonists in ARDS revisited

            Helping endothelial cells

Intensive Care Society of Ireland. Nov 2006.

Use of data from the Irish Clinical Trials Group audit to inform design of clinical trials

Adjunctive therapy in the management of ARDS.

8th Current controversies in anaesthesia and peri-operative medicine. Sept 2006

Beta-adrenergic agonists as a potential adjunctive therapy in acute lung injury.

ARDS : an integrated approach to mechanisms and management. June 2006.

ARDS - an acute injury to the endothelium and epithelium.

Trauma Care 2006. May 2006.

Nosocomial infection.

British Association of Critical Care Nurses. Feb 2006.

Non-invasive ventilation.

UK Intensive Care Society. Dec 2005

Beta-adrenergic agonists in the management of ARDS.

British Thoracic Society. Dec 2005

Adjuncts to mechanical ventilation.

Intensive Care Society of Ireland. Nov 2005.

Pro Con debate "An Irish Clinical Trials Group?"

Intensive Care Society of Ireland. June 2005.

Novel therapies for ARDS"

24th International Symposium on Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine. March 2004.

            Relative immunosuppression - role of neutrophils

            Compliance as a predictor of outcome in ARDS

            Role of beta-adrenergic agonists in the management of ARDS

            Effect of admission to intensive care on neuropsychological morbidity

UK Intensive Care Society Trainees Meeting. August 2002

Pro Con debate "There is no place for physicians in ICU"

 

Local Principle Investigator in multi-centre clinical trials

Fungal Infection Risk Evalution

Beta Agonist Lung Injury TrLal Prevention

Beta Agonist Lung Injury TrLal 2

Ongoing external research collaborations

Dr John Simpson (Edinburgh University) Monocyte depletion in acute neutrophil-mediated lung injury

Prof John Laffey (Galway University Hospitals) Matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) in ventilator associated lung injury

Dr David Thickett and Dr Gavin Perkins (University of Brimingham and University of Warwick) RAGE in ALI, Vitamin D in ALI 

Prof Michael Matthay (University of California, San Francisco) Protective role of KGF in acute lung injury