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Respiratory research

Our clinical and academic researchers are at the forefront of research into respiratory diseases including asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, bronchiectasis and cystic fibrosis.

The healthcare challenge

Approximately one in five people in the UK has ever developed asthma, COPD or another long-term respiratory illness. About 10,000 people in the UK are newly diagnosed with a lung disease every week.

In collaboration with the University of Hull and Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, we undertake research to find new ways to prevent, treat and cure respiratory-related illnesses. These include diseases such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF, bronchiectasis and cystic fibrosis (CF).

We look to improve the treatment of these diseases by investigating the effectiveness of new medicines and medical equipment. In addition, we undertake trials to improve diagnosis and treatment of chronic cough.

We collaborate with Merck Sharp & Dhome (MSD), AstraZeneca, Bayer, Shionogi, GlaxoSmithkline, Boehringer Ingelheim, Synairgen, Sarcoidosis UK, and Bellus and Philips.

Our research projects

Visit our research projects to explore a selection of our ongoing and completed projects.


Our clinical trial facilities are equipped with Vivid E9 Ultrasound, stress exercise facilities including Vo2, MiniBox™ a patented, first-of-its-kind, desktop plethysmography device for Pulmonary Function Testing (PFT) in any clinical setting, Nitric Oxide measurement, ECG, BP and Spirometry.

We have developed and use the Hull automated cough counter (HACC) for recording 24-hour cough and associated analysis in our dedicated cough laboratory.

We are also one of the few centres capable of sputum processing\Differential Cell Counts.

Also available are dedicated consulting and examination rooms, a phlebotomy room, exercise test room, and volunteer\patient areas.

Our research experts

Professor Alyn Morice is the academic lead for respiratory research within the Clinical Sciences Centre.

Our respiratory research is based at Castle Hill Hospital and comprises clinical academics and researchers, a busy clinical trials unit, research fellows, PhD students and support staff. 

We are based in the Daisy Building at Castle Hill Hospital which has modern clinical investigation and consultation rooms as well as laboratory, offices and other clinical spaces.

Please see our people in the Clinical Sciences Centre for members of the respiratory research theme.

Contact the Clinical Sciences Centre

If you are interested in collaborating, visiting or studying with us, please contact us.