The chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) research team organised a research open day on 6 May 2015. The aim of the day was to give feedback to research volunteers and inform them of the ongoing research within the National Heart and Lung Institute (NHLI) at Imperial College and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) respiratory biomedical research unit (BRU) at Royal Brompton Hospital.
The session opened with an introduction from Professor Peter Barnes, head of respiratory medicine at the NHLI and a consultant at Royal Brompton Hospital, who thanked the research volunteers for their involvement in the studies and explained the need for research into COPD. This was followed by presentations from clinicians and scientists, including Dr Rebecca Holloway, Dr Simon Brill, Dr Andrew Durham and Dr Andrew Thorley, who gave an overview of what happens to samples given by volunteers and how their participation furthers our research.
Research areas covered in the session included COPD exacerbations, defective phagocytosis of bacteria by macrophages, airway remodelling and the use of nanoparticles in lung research. The event was well attended by patients and volunteers from several COPD studies with positive feedback from those who attended. Many said that they would like to attend similar sessions in the future, with comments including: “excellent, very informative and well presented” and “it was really stimulating to learn the breadth of research projects”.
Dr Rebecca Holloway, research associate at the NHLI and organiser of the event, said: “As a research team we felt that It is important to show our appreciation to our research volunteers for their continued involvement in our studies, as well as letting them know what happens to their samples in the research that we carry out."
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