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New data hub to help speed up lung research
8 October 2019 - A new respiratory data hub has been set up which will give researchers access to data, helping them find new treatments for lung diseases. 

Interstitial Lung Disease study awarded more funding
3 October 2019 - A trial looking to determine the best treatment for connective tissue disease-associated interstitial lung diseases (CTD-ILD) has been granted additional funding.

Big wins at Annual Research Showcase
27 September 2019 - Post-traumatic stress disorder, artificial intelligence and intensive care research were just some of the projects on show at this year’s successful Annual Research Showcase (ARS).

Research funding awarded to Trust pharmacist
22 August 2019 - Sian Bentley has been awarded a pre-clinical academic fellowship (PCAF) which will allow her to develop the skills and experience she will require to apply for further research funding.

Hope for patients with ILD associated scleroderma
31 July 2019 - The drug Nintedanib has been shown to help patients with Interstitial Lung Disease (ILD) associated scleroderma, according to data published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Respiratory leadership role for Trust clinician
15 July 2019 - Dr Peter George has been appointed the new Respiratory Specialty Lead for the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) North West London Clinical Research Network (CRN).

Attendees delight at research on show
4 July 2019 - Sketching the heart, honeycomb lungs and beat boxing were just some of the creative stands on display at this year’s research open day.

Winners announced for Charity-funded fellowships
24 June 2019 - Suhani Patel and Louise Moss were the recipients of the first ever research fellowships funded by the Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospitals Charity.

Lifesaving research on show at Royal Brompton Hospital open day
19 June 2019 - The latest innovations in medical research will be showcased at Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust’s seventh annual heart and lung research open day on Tuesday 2 July 2019.

Café Scientifique on intensive care draws in audience
23 May 2019 - Patients, carers and the wider public were invited to learn more about how failing lungs and hearts are kept alive, with a talk from Dr Brijesh Patel.

CF fungal disease research wins vital funds
22 May 2019 - Research into fungal diseases, a condition that affects many CF patients, has been granted funding through the Vertex Cystic Fibrosis (CF) Research Innovation award.

Study focusing on priorities of CF patients wins funding
16 May 2019 - The values and outcomes most important to patients with cystic fibrosis (CF) and their families will take centre stage in a new research study.

New device for diagnosing heart disease receives £1.6 million funding
15 May 2019 - A new device to help clinicians better diagnose cardiovascular disease (CVD), has received £1.6 million funding to be developed.

Busy bee researchers launch Heart Hive for patients
13 May 2019 - A new web platform, called the Heart Hive, will make it easier for patients with heart muscle diseases to take part in research. 

Rare lung disease event proves a success
10 May 2019 - Patients with rare lung diseases were invited to a special education day at the Trust to explore the needs of patients. 

International study finds UK has poor outcomes for respiratory conditions
17 April 2019 - A study published by the British Medical Journal has found that the UK has one of the poorest outcomes for patients with respiratory conditions. 

Trust staff successfully complete research programme
12 March 2019 - Twelve members of staff successfully completed the Starting Out in Research programme, run by the Imperial College Academic Health Sciences Centre (AHSC).

Artificial Intelligence is the theme of new Trust-led research
11 March 2019 - Professor Claire Hogg, paediatric respiratory consultant, has been awarded funding from NIHR for a study which aims to train Artificial Intelligence to be able to diagnose PCD.

BHF awards funding to develop software for new imaging technique
31 January 2019 - Dr Jennifer Keegan, principal physicist at the Trust and adjunct reader at Imperial College London, and her research team are the recipients of a Translational Award from the BHF.

'Twisted lazy tong' wins research photo competition
29 January 2019 - A photograph showing a heart model and brightly coloured lolly-sticks has been crowned as the winning photo at the Trust’s inaugural research photo competition.

Trust recruits lion's share of patients for national drug study
17 January 2019 - A clinical trial led by Professor Toby Maher has managed to recruit more than half of the overall target of patients from Royal Brompton Hospital alone. 

Alternate treatment option for sleep apnoea patients being trialled at the Royal Brompton and Harefield hospitals
4 January 2019 - Research which uses a neck device to treat a type of sleep apnoea has been given the green light thanks to funding from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) through their Research for Patient Benefit grant. 

New trial highlights need for lifelong medication for people with dilated cardiomyopathy 
11 December 2018 - Dilated cardiomyopathy – a condition where the heart is enlarged and function is impaired usually due to a viral or genetic cause, is one of the leading causes of heart failure in the UK and the most common reason for people needing a heart transplant.

Royal Brompton consultant appointed medical director of leading national charity
10 December 2018 - Dr Nick Hopkinson, honorary consultant chest physician at Royal Brompton Hospital and reader in respiratory medicine at Imperial College, has been appointed medical director of the British Lung Foundation (BLF). 

Royal Brompton and NHLI host 12th annual Paul Wood lecture
7 December 2018 - Royal Brompton Hospital and the National Heart and Lung Institute (NHLI) welcomed Marc Humbert, professor of respiratory medicine at the Université Paris-Saclay, for the 12th annual Paul Wood Cardiovascular Lecture on Wednesday 28 November, entitled ‘An update on pulmonary arterial hypertension and future directions.’ 

Researchers invite patients back to update them on research results
6 December 2018 - Patients who took part in several research projects for COPD received a very welcome invitation when Trust researchers invited them back to the Trust to hear the outcome of the research studies they took part in. 

Cafe Scientifique on the future of Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis proves a hit with audience
27 November 2018 - Personalised medicine and artificial intelligence were just some of the talking points at an evening event with Professor Toby Maher, a respiratory consultant at the Trust who specialises in Interstitial Lung Diseases. 

Harefield celebrates Trust-led research
20 November 2018 - Harefield Hospital was host to the Annual Research Showcase 8 November, with staff from across the Trust presenting their research through posters and oral presentations.

Career recognition for Trust researchers
18 October 2018 - Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust now boasts an additional seven professors and two readers in its ranks thanks to recognition for clinicians, and their ongoing contribution to furthering our understanding of cardiovascular and respiratory diseases. 

Dr Babu-Narayan appointed Associate Medical Director for British Heart Foundation 
16 October 2018Dr Sonya Babu-Narayan, consultant cardiologist at the Trust and clinical senior lecturer at Imperial College London, has been appointed the Associate Medical Director for the British Heart Foundation (BHF).  

Ambulatory oxygen improves quality of life for patients with pulmonary fibrosis
4 October 2018 - Through the AmbOx trial, which has been published in the Lancet Respiratory Medicine, Dr Elisabetta Renzoni and collaborators have shown that the use of portable oxygen (ambulatory oxygen) improves the quality of life of patients suffering from pulmonary fibrosis. 

Dr Peter Saunders recognised for outstanding contribution to research
21 September 2018 - A Trust clinician has been recognised for his contribution to research in awards announced earlier this month.

Fellowship award for lead physiotherapist
9 August 2018 - Elizabeth Grillo, a lead physiotherapist at Royal Brompton Hospital, has been awarded a pre-doctoral clinical academic fellowship (PCAF) which will allow her to develop the skills and experience required to access doctoral level funding.

International heart failure study recruits first UK patient
1 August 2018 - An international clinical trial investigating a new device for people with heart failure has recruited its first UK patient at Harefield Hospital.

Trust hosts a second successful AHSC seminar series
20 July 2018 - Pollution, allergies and pulmonary arterial hypertension were the topics of discussion at this year’s spring seminar series organised by the Imperial College Academic Health Science Centre (AHSC) and hosted at Royal Brompton Hospital. 

Research takes centre stage at open day
20 July 2018 - Virtual reality headsets, dancing for health and growing bacteria were among the range of activities on offer at the seventh annual heart and lung research day, held recently at Royal Brompton Hospital. 

Trust physiotherapist becomes second UK recipient of CF Trust fellowship
20 July 2018 - Ciara Long, an advanced rotational physiotherapist at Royal Brompton Hospital, has been awarded a physiotherapist fellowship from the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, making her only the second person in the UK, and the first in London, to be given the award.

Trust research collaboration helps identify novel genes associated with heritable pulmonary arterial hypertension
27 June 2018 - A recent study has helped to identify four new genes thought to be linked to heritable pulmonary arterial hypertension (HPAH).

Clinical trial completes recruitment ahead of schedule
27 June 2018 - A Trust-led research study comparing ablation techniques in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF), has managed to meet its recruitment target one month ahead of schedule.

Dietitian awarded funding for paediatric research
26 June 2018 - Amy Calvert, a highly specialised dietitian in paediatric cardiology, has been awarded funding by the Paediatric Intensive Care Society (PICS) for her research into chylothorax, a condition characterised by the build-up of fluid (chyle) in the lungs causing breathing difficulties, which affects some children after heart or lung surgery.

Trust collaborates with US biotechnology company for blood-based testing of lung cancer recurrence
27 June 2018 - Mr Eric Lim, consultant thoracic surgeon at Royal Brompton Hospital and reader in thoracic surgery at Imperial College London, has successfully secured a collaboration with Guardant Health, a US-based biotechnology company that specialises in genomic cancer testing and is a world-leader in the field of non-invasive diagnostics.

New drug shows early promise in clinical trial for patients with IPF
21 June 2018 - An international clinical trial, led by Professor Toby Maher, which involved 17 centres in the UK, Italy and Ukraine, has shown some promising results for patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). 

New research shows Tai Chi can improve quality of life for patients with COPD
5 May 2018 - Research by a respiratory expert from Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust has shown that the ancient art of Tai Chi is a lower-cost, more easily accessible alternative to conventional...

Trust is leading partner in £2 million study of dilated cardiomyopathy
29 March 2018 - Experts at Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust are to be at the forefront of a £2 million study into the potentially deadly heart condition dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM).

Dr Louise Fleming awarded Asthma UK Fellowship
27 March 2018 - Dr Louise Fleming, paediatric respiratory consultant at the Trust and clinical senior lecturer at Imperial College London, has been awarded £250,000 from Asthma UK for a Senior Clinical Fellowship.

Clinical Doctoral Research Fellowship for physiotherapist Ruth Barker
21 March 2018 - Ruth Barker, research physiotherapist, has been awarded a Clinical Doctoral Research Fellowship (CDRF) in the Integrated Clinical Academic Programme, which is funded by Health Education England (HEE).

Clinical researcher leads international review of airway techniques
19 March 2018 - Dr Michelle Chatwin, consultant physiotherapist at the Trust, recently co-led an international workshop with researchers from across the world, to look at airway clearance techniques in Neuromuscular.

Feature story: Living with IPF
15 March 2018 - A patient story by Jose Luis Gonzalez Nieto who suffers from idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF).

British Heart Foundation funds research into MRI scar imaging in the heart
14 March 2018 - Dr Jenny Keegan, principal physicist in the cardiovascular magnetic resonance unit at Royal Brompton Hospital and adjunct reader at Imperial College, has been awarded a research grant from the British Heart Foundation.

Celebrating Rare Diseases Day 2018
1 March 2018 - On Wednesday 28 February researchers at Royal Brompton Hospital marked international rare disease day with an information stand to help increase awareness of rare diseases.

Researcher development programme - case studies
15 February 2018 - We sat down with Abigail Roberts and Rupal Patel to talk to them about their experience of the researcher development programme.

Women in Science a personal reflection
9 February 2018 - Associate director of research, Dr Jenny Rivers takes a look back over the past week celebrating women in science and research and the benefit of encouraging more into this field of work.

Changing clinical practice; balancing research with clinical and other commitments
8 February 2018 - Dr Louise Fleming took some time to talk about her research, her motivations and who inspires her.

A day in the life of a principal pharmacy technician
7 February 2018 - Vibha Teli, from Royal Brompton's pharmacy department, gives a glimpse into the work she does that enables clinical trials to be run at the hospital.

International Women and Girls in Science Day 2018 - Dr Samantha Irving
6 February 2018 - International Women and Girls in Science Day 2018 - Dr Samantha Irving

International Women and Girls in Science Day 2018 - Dr Deepa Arachchillage
5 February 2018 - International Women and Girls in Science Day 2018 - Dr Deepa Arachchillage

International Women and Girls in Science Day 2018
1 February 2018 - The Trust is marking International Women and Girls in Science day 2018 with a series of articles highlighting the range of women who work at the Trust and in a range of roles within research.

Upcoming events

Harefield theatres open day 

On Tuesday 17 September, Harefield Hospital will give local residents the opportunity to look behind the scenes of its world-class operating theatres.

What to expect:

Experts in surgical and theatre practice will give interactive demonstrations on a variety of procedures that are carried out to treat heart and lung conditions. Residents will also have the opportunity to ask questions to staff, and hear from previous patients about their experiences.

This is a free event and there is no need to book. Anyone is welcome to attend, simply turn up on the day! 

Tuesday 17 September

10.00 - 15.00 

Harefield Hospital, Hill End Road, Harefield, Uxbridge, UB9 6JH. Please arrive in the operating theatre patient reception area. 

Research showcase for non-medical professionals 

*This is a Trust staff only event. 

The Research Showcase is an annual event, and we are celebrating it's 13th year of running in 2019.

The day will involve a judged poster session followed by a selection of oral presentations and a keynote speaker. Awards will be received by the researchers who come top of their category. 

To get the showcase up and running, research abstracts are invited from non-medical professionals to be considered for a poster presentation at the event.

This is an established and excellent networking opportunity for both novice and experienced researchers, and for anyone interested in becoming involved in Trust research. 

Submission deadline
Send your submissions to this email by the 26 July 2019 with the subject header 'ARS 2019 abstract' followed by your name. 

Monday 23 September 2019

10:00 - 15:30

Seminar rooms 1 & 2, Royal Brompton Hospital

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