Staff Profile

Professional Qualifications

External academic engagement

Member of Northern Ireland HSC R&D clinical fellowship evaluation/interview panel 2015 onwards

October 2015 Hosted visit from Professor Stephen Gordon of the Wellcome Trust Malawi unit

December 2013 Hosted visit from Dr Paul Elkington, University of Southampton

Peer review for several medical journals regularly including Thorax, Critical Care Medicine, American Journal of Physiology, American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology, Journal of Immunology



Invited talks


Invited talk at VA San Franciscio 2009

Invited talk at Northern Ireland Update on TB to HSC 2013



National Guidelines - writing or implementation

Member of the NTM infection control guideline-wiriting group for the UK CF Society

Northern Ireland Implementatoin group of NICE TB guidelines





Teaching for NIMDTA to clinical trainees and general practitioners

Teaching within BHSCT to non-medical staff on infection control around tuberculosis

Teaching within BHSCT to medical students


External Appointments (structured)
Research Representative for Regional Tuberculosis GroupMar 10

Membership Of Other Societies / Professional Activities


 External Research Collaborations


Prof John Simpson (Newcastle University)

MMP activity as a biomarker of ventilator associated pneumonia


Prof Andrew Fisher (Newcastle University)

MMPs in the reconditioned human lung 


Prof John Laffey (NUIG)

Matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) in ventilator associated lung injury

Mesenchymal stromal cells in ARDS


Dr David Thickett (University of Brimingham and University of Warwick)

Epithelial to mesenchymal transition as a mechanism of fibrosis in ALI

Vit D deficiency and outcomes in treatment of tuberculosis


Prof Michael Matthay (University of California, San Francisco)

Protective role of KGF and anti-microbial peptides in LPS induced acute lung injury

Mesenchymal stronal cells and ARDS 


Dr Carolyn Calfee (University of California, San Francisco)

The effect of cigarette exposure in predisposing patients to ARDS.

The role of e-cigarette exposure in predisposing patients to ARDS.


Dr Mark Griffiths (Imperial College London)

Iron-binding molecules and ALI

UK national EVLP lung consortium, using ex vivo perfused lungs to understand and treat lung inflammation and injury


Prof Chris Denton (University College London)

Role of epithelial to mesenchymal transition in mediating cutaneous fibrosis in scleroderma


Prof Danny Altmann (Imperial College London)

Serological immune responses to Burkholderia species in CF patients



Expert reviewer for MRC and National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)

Peer review grants for MRC, British Lung Foundation, local Trust and West Midlands Charitable Funds


Contribution to national meetings

Chaired scientific sessions at the annual BTS winter meeting 2009, 2010,2015 

Chaired scientific sessions at ECFS meeting (European CF Society) 2012


Organisation/chairing of UKALI meetings bi-annually (national, UK and Ireland, body of researchers working on ARDS)


Co-organisation of the 3rd Annual ARDS meeting (international meeting of ARDS investigators) in Belfast 2015


Co-organising REMERGE annual meeting June 2016


Awards And Honours/major Prizes

Winner of British Thoracic Society Young Investigator Award, 2005 

Accepted as Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh October 2011

Elected to the Association of Physicians Feb 2015