Gemma Stanford, one of the Trust’s specialist physiotherapists for adult cystic fibrosis, has embarked upon a PhD based at the National Heart & Lung Institute at Imperial College. Her training is being funded through a Clinical Doctoral Research Fellowship award from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) which supports allied health professionals to progress in the clinical research environment.
Through her 11 years working at the Trust, especially with CF patients, Gemma has encountered a lot of sputum and ways of clearing it. Her research project has developed through this experience, patient discussions and by questioning how we measure effective airway clearance.
“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to focus on my research through this NIHR fellowship grant. Although the application process can seem daunting, there is excellent support available from within the Trust and I would strongly recommend that more colleagues apply,” commented Gemma, after receiving the award.
Airway clearance research has been acknowledged as having a lack of robust outcome measures to assess its effect. Gemma’s project is aiming to address these fundamental issues by analysing old gold standard measures against newer emerging measures to try to identify a more scientific measure of airway clearance effect.
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