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Dr Downey’s main clinical research interest is cystic fibrosis (CF). He works with a range of colleagues that includes, clinicians, allied health professionals, a clinical research team and basic scientists to create a translational research program in CF.

His focus is to optimise clinical response to established and new therapies.  He leads an active investigator-initiated and pharmaceutical-sponsored research program to help realise this. This is supported by national and international collaborative research networks.

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Dr Downey is open to a wide range of PhD applications. Candidates can be clinicians or basic scientists. His fields of interest include

  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Bronchiectasis
  • Pneumonia

Previous research experience is desirable although not essential

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  • Co-director of the European Cystic Fibrosis Clinical Trials Network.
  • Member of the UK CF Trust Research Scientific Oversight Board
  • Member of the European Cystic Fibrosis Society Scientific Committee



Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences

School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biological Sciences

Research students

Name: Dr Charlotte Addy

PhD title: Infection, inflammation and biomarkers in Cystic Fibrosis

Years of Study: 2015-2018

Country: England


Alumni: where are they now?

Name: Dr Emilie Vallieres


PhD title: Infection in Cystic Fibrosis and Bronchiectasis: Diagnosis and Eradication

Years of Study: 2013-2016

Country: Canada

Current position: Consultant Physician in Paediatric Infectious Diseases, Montreal, Canada


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