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Breathlessness can be extremely unpleasant and difficult to treatFor many people, despite medication, breathlessness remains a problem.

We investigate how the brain generates the feeling of being breathless, and how it is affected by stress, mood and previous experience. To do this we use functional magnetic resonance imaging of the brain, in combination with detailed measures of physiology and psychology. 

We will use our findings to discover, design and test new personalised treatments for breathlessness.

Asthma Study

We are seeking people with asthma aged 18-65 to take part in our study exploring the relationship between symptoms and lung function.
in asthma. Take part in our Asthma Study

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Learn more about our DPhil projects on offer.

Research Projects

Neuroscience of Asthma

Asthma affects 1 in 11 people in the UK. Recent major advances have shown that there are different types of asthma that can be treated in different ways.

Making surgery safer for people with COPD

COPD is Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, a condition in which lung damage leads to shortness of breath and increased risk of chest infections. In the UK, COPD affects nearly 4 million people and is Britain’s 5th biggest killer (30,000 deaths/year).