'FROM DISCOVERY TO RECOVERY'
My research covers a broad range of interests from understanding basic mechanisms of inflammation regulation to evaluating indices of inflammation in in vivo biological samples. The setting of this research is the chronic infected lung particularly Cystic Fibrosis and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) although my recent work has brought me into the area of Acute Lung Injury as well. I am interested in how the innate immune response is involved in regulating inflammation with particular emphasis on how antimicrobial proteins/peptides and proteases contribute to inflammatory responses in the lung. From the disease point of view, I am intrigued by how these inflammatory responses become dysregulated in the diseases outlined above. My research has been published in high-ranking journals including the Journal of Experimental Medicine, Journal of Immunology, Blood, Journal of Biological Chemistry and the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. My research in the Respiratory/Pulmonary area has recently been recognized by the European Respiratory Society with the award of the Romain Pauwels Research award for outstanding contribution to respiratory medicine in 2008.
Editorial Board, Open Infectious Diseases Journal, Open Respiratory Medicine Journal, Scientific World Journal, World Journal of Biological Chemistry
Ad Hoc Reviewer for Journal of Immunology, European Respiratory Journal, Thorax, American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, European Respiratory Jurnal
Grant Reviews - MRC, British Cystic Fibrosis Trust, HRB, University of Birmingham, British Lung Foundation, Wellcome Trust, INSERM, MRCG-HRB
European Respiratory Society Romain Pauwels Award 2008 for Outstanding Contribution to Respiratory Medicine
Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland, Journal of Medical Science Junior Doctor Award for Best Paper published in Respiratory Medicine, 2006
Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland, Journal of Medical Science Junior Doctor Award for Best Paper published in Respiratory Medicine, 2000
US Alpha 1 Foundation Travel Scholarship 1999