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Dr Pascale Kippelen

Dr Pascale Kippelen
Senior Lecturer in Exercise and Respiratory Physiology

Heinz Wolff 212

Membership and affiliation

  • Physiological Society;
  • European Respiratory Society;
  • European College of Sport Science;
  • American College of Sports Medicine.

Impact

Pascale has (co)-authored numerous peer-reviewed journal articles on exercise-induced bronchoconstriction (that includes several invited reviews). From 2005 to 2010, Pascale was an adviser to the IOC-Medical Commission and to UK Anti-Doping for the regulation of inhaled beta2-agonists in elite sport.  Pascale’s research has been supported by several external agencies, including the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA), the European Hydration Institute (EHI), the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), amongst others.  She has been invited to speak at prestigious scientific conferences, including the annual congresses of the European Respiratory Society (ERS), the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (EAACI), and the European College of Sport & Exercise Science (ECSS).

Consultancy work: Asthma Screening in Athletes

On arrival at Brunel University London, Pascale set up an Asthma Screening laboratory for athletes. The laboratory is based within the Centre for Human Performance, Exercise and Rehabilitation (CHPER) and offers a wide range of pulmonary function tests (incl. spirometry, bronchodilator test, eucapnic voluntary hyperpnea test, body plethysmography, impulse oscillometry) for athletes with diagnosed or suspected asthma.

Asthma is a major problem in the sporting world. About 1 in 5 members of Team GB are suffering from asthma. The airways of these athletes are more irritable and narrow down with exercise; this process is known as exercise-induced bronchoconstriction (EIB). Early detection and appropriate treatment of asthma/EIB is of paramount importance to protect the health of athletes and allow them to perform at their best.

As per official recommendations, diagnosis of asthma/EIB in athletes should be based around pulmonary function testing (such as performed in our laboratory). Pascale has wide experience in carrying out those tests and, in her role as past adviser to the IOC-Medical Commission and UK Anti-Doping, she is in good position to advise athletes on their various pharmacological and non-pharmacological options. Elite athletes seeking approval to use a permitted inhaled beta-agonist to treat their asthma/EIB can be tested at Brunel and, where appropriate, supporting evidence for a Therapeutic Use Exemption can be issued to UK Anti-Doping.

For more information or booking, please contact Pascale directly at: pascale.kippelen@brunel.ac.uk.  

Media interests

In 2011, Pascale was involved in the Invisible Dust project that was jointly funded by the Wellcome Trust and the Arts Council England. Pascale collaborated with artist Faisal Adbu’Allah to create Double Pendulum, a film that took a critical look at the effects of London’s poor air quality on the respiratory health of athletes. The short film won the City of London 2012 Sustainability Award.