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Professor Michael Tunney

Professor of Clinical Pharmacy

School of Pharmacy

Professor Tunney's research focuses primarily on the improved detection and treatment of lung infection in patients with respiratory diseases such as cystic fibrosis (CF), bronchiectasis and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Professor Tunney's laboratory is a world class centre of excellence which aims to develop the next generation of diagnostic tools and treatments, in order to alleviate and prevent chronic respiratory infection.

His team’s current research programme is designed to:

  • Establish the role of bacteria in causing infection and damage in the lungs of patients with respiratory disease
  • Determine why these bacteria develop resistance to antibiotics used to treat infection
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of antibiotics and other agents under low oxygen conditions which mimic conditions in the lung and;
  • Examine whether changes in antibiotic treatment to target a wider range of bacteria present in the lungs result in improved clinical outcomes for patients

Professor Tunney works extensively with academic and industrial partners to develop rapid point-of-care methods for detection of respiratory infection and to develop novel antibiotic treatments.


Health Pharmacy
Areas of Expertise

lung infection, Cystic Fibrosis, antibiotics, antimicrobial resistance

Media Experience

Professor Tunney has experience with print, broadcast and online media.

Associated Research Centres / Projects

Professor Michael Tunney is heavily involved in a €50M, five-year Europe-wide, Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI) funded project to develop new drugs that could improve the lives of patients with CF and bronchiectasis. The iABC (inhaled Antibiotics in Bronchiectasis and Cystic Fibrosis) consortium, which is made up of industry partners Novartis and Polyphor and world-leading lung specialists from across Europe, will develop new ‘inhaled antibiotics’ to manage chronic lung infection, the main cause of disease and death in patients with these conditions.

Professor Michael Tunney
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