Professor Liam Heaney


Clinical assessment and mechanisms of severe asthma including management of poor adherence to therapy and disease stratification to deliver personalised therapeutics in severe asthma. I lead the Medical Research Council UK Refractory Stratification Programme (RASP-UK ) which aims to deliver  early ‘proof of concept' studies in stratified well phenotypes patients in severe asthma in partnership with the Industrial Partners. We also have programmes in use of routine health informatics and clinical registries and health economics.

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Professor Heaney is open to wide-ranging PhD applications from candidates with a basic science or clinical background.
His fields of interest include;

  • Non-adherence in asthma
  • Stratified Medicine / Personalised medicine
  • Health informatics / Health economics

Previous research experience is desirable although not essential

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Research students

Name: Pamela Jane McDowell

PhD title: Exacerbation profile in patients on mepolizumab for severe refractory eosinophilic asthma – an exploratory study

Years of Study: 1

Country: UK

Name: Luke Barry

PhD title: Steroid Induced Morbidity in Asthmatics: Costs and Consequences

Years of Study: 2

Country: RoI

Alumni: where are they now?

 Name: Dr Diarmuid McNicholl PhD 2012


PhD title: The use of fractional exhaled nitric oxide (FeNO) and induced sputum in the identification of non-adherence in difficult to control asthma.

Years of Study: 3

Country: UK

Current position: Consultant Physician Southern Trusy


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