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The Department of Respiratory and Sleep Medicine and the Ludwig Engel Centre for Respiratory Research conducts research in a number of diseases including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma, cystic fibrosis, sleep disorders and obstructive sleep apnoea including upper airway physiological studies.

Current research fields include:

  • Sleep and Cancer: Sleep and sleep disorders interact with both cancer outcomes and cancer related quality of life. This research is examining sleep in cancer patients, as well as how the sleep disorders may interact with cancer.

  • Breathlessness in COPD: Patients with COPD complain of breathlessness. This study is investigating whether novel non-pharmacological interventions improve breathlessness and quality of life, and can reduce hospitalisation.

  • Cystic Fibrosis (CF): Studies range from clinical diagnostic testing, physiological testing of CF defects in vivo, predicting exacerbations by measuring coughing during sleep, and trials of new medications to treat the primary defect in CF.


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