One in five of us will develop a lung condition at some point in our lives, yet research into lung diseases receives less than 5% of all the medical research funding in the UK. Thanks to our amazing supporters we’re continuing to fund some ground-breaking research projects – many of which look set to make an enormous impact.
Dr John Blaikley, University of Manchester – I’m aiming to understand whether the body’s biological clock and sleep patterns are associated with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF). The research will establish whether sleep length can affect the development of IPF and whether lifestyle changes or drugs targeting key parts of the body clock can have an impact on disease progression.
Dr Lucy Jackson-Jones
Dr Lucy Jackson-Jones – Lancaster University - I’m assessing the mediators present within the pleural fluid of patients undergoing diagnosis for suspected mesothelioma and determining whether the immune cells present within the fluid of these patients are compromised in their ability to fight disease. This could identify specific immune cell targets in mesothelioma potentially leading to a faster detection and diagnosis of mesothelioma.