Chronic cough news blog
Why do so many of us cough all the time?
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Welcome Dr Bashar Al-Sheklly
18th February 2016
It is with great pleasure to introduce Dr Bashar Al-Sheklly, otherwise known as Bash, to the Cough Team.
Bash developed a passion for chest medicine while at the North West Transplant Centre at UHSM. In 2012 he then joined the Respiratory Specialist Training Programme. Now Bash has joined the team he will be developing his knowledge of the subject through both clinical work and research.
We look forward to seeing what Bash will be bringing to the team.
Dr Imran Satia goes to Canada!
Dr Imran Satia, one of our clinical research fellows visited McMaster University (Canada) in February 2016 as part of our international. As you can see from the picture of a frozen Lake Ontario, it was a chilling experience with temperatures down to between minus 20 and minus 30! Imran visited the laboratory of Professor Paul O’Byrne to learn how to perform allergen challenge in patients with mild allergic asthma. Despite the weather, and like all true researchers, Imran tested himself first by inhaling house dust mite allergen extract. Imran was also able to teach the research staff in Canada how to perform capsaicin cough challenge and how to set up a cough monitor. This is so that we can begin studying cough responses to capsaicin in patients with asthma during and after an allergen challenge. The results of this will hopefully inform us about how the nerves that cause cough are affected by swelling and inflammation of the airways.
Dr Imran Satia receives prestigious award
13th November 2015
Dr Imran Satia, Clinical Research Fellow at University Hospital of South Manchester, was presented with a prestigious national award by the British Medical Association (The James Trust Award) to conduct research into the mechanism of cough in asthma. Professor Jacky Smith, a supervisor of the project, attended the official ceremony with Imran in London on the 12th of November.
Imran is currently in the final year of his PhD and this grant will help him to complete his final study at the NIHR Clinical Research Facilities in South Manchester and Central Manchester.
Engaging with the local community
23th October 2015
Our involvement and engagement manager, Danielle Yuill visited Vernon Primary School in Poynton on Friday 23rd October with research nurse, Sue Stockdale to engage with two Year 5 classes about the respiratory system and importance of lung health.
As part of the visit, Sue presented an engaging talk to the children, followed by an inspiring question and answer session whilst Danielle led a hands-on creative activity with over 40 children. ‘Fake lungs’ were made with students out of plastic bottles and balloons to visually display how the lungs work. The differences between healthy lungs and those affected by respiratory conditions were explained during the visit.