Respiratory health experts
All of our researchers have common interest in applied respiratory research:
Professor Joy Conway
Professor Joy Conway is the Professor of Respiratory Sciences, Centre for Health, Medicine and Life Sciences, Brunel University London. Joy has extensive experience as a researcher and educator with over 25 years in UK Higher Education Institutions. Joy has a strong interest in lung disease, the care of those with lung disease, respiratory physiology and pathophysiology and lung imaging. Following qualification as a chartered physiotherapist and a Masters in Rehabilitation (University of Southampton) her PhD (University of Southampton) investigated the use of three-dimensional lung imaging techniques to quantify inhaled aerosol deposition in the lung and structural and functional changes that occur with disease. Joy then progressed through to a personal Chair at the University of Southampton in 2009. In 2019 Joy was appointed as Professor of Respiratory Sciences at Brunel University London. Joy is also the national research lead for advancing practice for Health Education England and maintains visiting Professor status with the NIHR Southampton Biomedical Research Centre for Respiratory and Critical Care Respiratory care; lung imaging; Single Photon Computed Tomography; Magnetic Resonance Imaging; Computed Tomography; lung ultrasound; pulmonary function testing; mixed-methods approach; clinical trials; machine learning and AI; smart technology and smart wearables; inhaled aerosols; inhaler design and inhaler use; smart inhalers; educational interventions to improve inhaler use.
Dr Adam Lewis
Lecturer in Physiotherapy
I work in the Department of Clinical Sciences on a mixed teaching and research contract. My specialist interests are in chronic respiratory disease (particularly COPD), pulmonary rehabilitation, Arts in Health, Lung Volume Reduction, remote monitoring and breathlessness management. I teach on BSc and MSc physiotherapy and ACP modules. I also hold an honorary research contract with The Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Foundation Trust and aim to build collaborations between clinicians and researchers within the Academic Health Science Centre. <div itemscope itemtype" itemprop"sameAs" content" href" target"orcid.widget" rel"me noopener noreferrer" style"vertical-align:top;"><img src" style"width:1em;margin-right:.5em;" alt"ORCID iD icon">
Dr Vicky MacBean
Lecturer in Physiotherapy
Experienced paediatric respiratory and critical care physiotherapist; research interests in respiratory physiology and interdisciplinary research Novel physiological techniques for assessment of respiratory function, particularly in paediatric and critical care settings Respiratory muscle function Respiratory complications of neuromuscular disease Interdisciplinary research, including the arts in healthcare Public engagement with science Module lead for Critical care modules - BSc & MSc pre-registration courses MSc Advanced Clinical Practice: Module lead for PH5616 Anatomy and Physiology (Critical Care specialist pathway) and PH5611 The Dissertation Project supervision for BSc and MSc pre-registration dissertations Research methods (BSc Year 2)
Dr Elmar Kal
Lecturer in Physiotherapy
I gained my BSc (2011) and MSc (2012; cum laude) degrees from the Faculty of Behavioural and Movement Sciences at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (The Netherlands). I subsequently worked on a PhD project in which he investigated implicit motor learning in people after stroke. In this collaborative project, I gained experience with a range of study designs (RCT, systematic reviews, questionnaire validation), measurement techniques (e.g. EMG, 3D motion registration) and statistical approaches (e.g. regression-, meta-, and factor analysis). Towards the end of my PhD, I also worked as Lecturer in Movement Sciences at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, leading a 2nd-year BSc module on Pathology of Movement and teaching on evidence-based practice. I additionally worked as researcher at the chronic pain unit of Rehabilitation Centre Heliomare.I moved to London in March 2019, to take up my current position as Research Fellow at Brunel. I am currently in charge of the posture and gait lab, with my current research focusing on the topic of falls in older adults and neurological populations. I am mostly interested in the influence of cognitive and psychological factors on postural stability during standing and walking in these populations. This requires the use of different measurement techniques to parcel out the complex mechanisms governing healthy and pathological balance control. Ultimately my goal is to use this knowledge to improve the effectiveness of specific motor learning interventions (e.g. implicit learning) to target specific impairments in posture and gait in these populations.
Dr Pascale Kippelen
Reader in Exercise and Respiratory Physiology
After completing undergraduate (BSc) and postgraduate studies (MSc and PhD) in Sport & Exercise Sciences (with a specialism in Exercise and Respiratory Physiology) in France - at the University of Strasbourg and University of Montpellier, respectively -, Pascale joined Dr Sandra D Anderson at the Dept of Respiratory Medicine, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney (Australia) to carry on post-doctoral training. There, she investigated the pathophysiology of exercise-induced bronchoconstriction in athletes and took part to phase III of the clinical trial for AridolTM/OsmohaleTM. AridolTM/OsmohaleTM is a bronchial provocation test aimed at diagnosing asthma patients and managing the condition. In 2005, Pascale was offered a Lectureship in Exercise Physiology at the School of Medical Sciences, University of Aberdeen (UK). In 2008, she moved to Brunel University London to take up lectureship in Exercise and Respiratory Physiology. She was promoted Senior Lecturer in 2011, and Reader in 2020. Pascale is a member of staff in the Division of Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences and is affiliated to the Centre for Human Performance, Exercise and Rehabilitation (CHPER). Physiology of sport & exercise; Respiratory physiology; Clinical exercise physiology (exercise as medicine); Work-based learning. Teaching responsibilities Study block leader for 'Physical Activity, Health and Wellbeing in the Lifecourse' (SP2702).
Dr Lee Romer
Reader - Human and Applied Physiology
Dr Romer holds a Readership in Human and Applied Physiology. After completing undergraduate and postgraduate studies at Brunel, he worked for several years at the British Olympic Medical Centre where he was responsible for the design, management and provision of physiological support services to Olympic Governing Bodies. Subsequently, he completed a PhD at the University of Birmingham and received post-doctoral training at the John Rankin Laboratory of Pulmonary Medicine, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA under the mentorship of Prof. Jerome Dempsey. He joined Brunel in 2004 and served as the Divisional Lead for Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences from 2014 to 2018. Dr Romer has been a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy since 2006. He leads modules at undergraduate and masters, and teaches across all levels of the programme. He has supervised several research assistants/fellows and has a number of successful PhD completions; many of these individuals have been awarded competitive prizes and secured prestigious post-doctoral positions. He has served as an external examiner for undergraduate and postgraduate programmes and as an assessor for external validations. Furthermore, he has examined a number of doctoral dissertations, both at home and abroad.