Clinical Research Office. A partnership between Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and the University of Sheffield

Academic Directorate of Respiratory Medicine


The Academic Directorate of Respiratory Medicine draws upon the combined strengths of Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, the University of Sheffield, and other partners to deliver internationally competitive and game-changing research. The research of our clinicians is underpinned by associations with academics in the University Department of Infection, Immunity & Cardiovascular Disease, and the School of Health and Related Research (SCHARR) who continue to deliver some of the most innovative respiratory research programmes in the UK in a number of themes:

  • Pulmonary Hypertension. The Sheffield Pulmonary Vascular Disease Unit lead by Prof David Kiely is the UK’s biggest centre for this disease. By bringing together basic science, novel imaging techniques and clinical research we aim to establish a leading international Institute for Cardiopulmonary Research with the University Department of Cardiovascular Science within the next 5 to 10 years.
  • Lung Imaging. The Respiratory Directorate has a close association with Prof Jim Wild at the University of Sheffield, whose work in lung imaging is world-leading and supported by a recent £7.5m Medical Research Council award.
  • Health Services Research and Cystic Fibrosis. The next 5 years will see the delivery of research supported by a £2 million Programme Grant award from the National Institute for Health Research to Dr Martin Wildman, developing new health services research that is likely to directly change and improve management and treatment of patients with cystic fibrosis.
  • Immunity, Inflammation and Host-Pathogen biology. We deliver internationally eminent programmes of research into the role of microbial infection and inflammation in respiratory disease, in association with the University of Sheffield, for whom this is a key area of focus supported at the highest strategic levels and boosted by recent successes including Prof Stephen Renshaw’s recent Medical Research Council Programme Grant award, and the recent appointment of Prof Alison Condliffe as Chair of Respiratory Medicine.
  • Occupational lung disease. Long recognised, often missed and personally disastrous, workplace-related illness can be prevented using appropriate risk management, education and health surveillance techniques. The Centre for Workplace Health led by Prof David Fishwick in collaboration with the Health & Safety Laboratory at Buxton continues to be central to UK and global research to develop solutions to workplace based health issues.

Research Strategy

The Academic Directorate of Respiratory Medicine Research Strategy 2018-2021 is available on request -​​​​​​​

Key Contacts

Name Role and details

Prof Ian Sabroe

Research Lead

Dr Jim Lithgow

Directorate Research Coordinator


Dr Charlie Elliot

Clinical Director
Marie McKenniff
Operations Director,
Emergency Care Group 

Julie Broscomb

Group Finance Manager

Katie Dutoy

Directorate Accountant

Samantha Walmsley

CRIO Research Coordinator

Further Information

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