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Lung conditions affect at least 1 in 5 people and are among the third most commonly reported illnesses in the UK with millions at risk. Lung conditions can be difficult to treat and can have a huge impact on peoples’ quality of life.

We undertake many types of patient-centered research into respiratory diseases and lung conditions such as Asthma, COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) and Mesothelioma. Our research consists of in-house, grant funded and commercial trials. Our clinical research is led by Professor Anoop Chauhan, with the assistance of Dr Lesley Bishop, Dr Suresh Babu, Dr Simon Bourne and Dr Tom Brown and are supported by a skilled team of Research Fellows, Research Nurses, Clinical Trial Assistants and Admin Support.

If you have any kind of respiratory condition and would be willing to take part in our research, please contact the Respiratory Research Team on:

02392 286000 Extension 4108

or send an email to:


See also:

Research Studies

Research Success


The Respiratory Team:

Professor Anoop Chauhan, Respiratory Consultant Physician and Director of Research & Innovation

Professor Chauhan's research and clinical interests are in airways diseases particularly asthma and COPD, and is Chief Investigator on several trials (e.g. RESPECT-Meso http://respect-meso.org, LASER http://lasertrial.co.uk, Markers of Fibrin, and SENSOR) funded by charities and other grant-giving bodies including Asthma UK, British Lung Foundation, SBRI and NIHR-HTA. He currently supervises three Research Fellows and 3 Biomedical Scientists studying towards higher degrees.

Dr. Lesley Bishop, Respiratory Consultant Physician

Dr. Suresh Babu, Respiratory Consultant Physician

Dr. Babu has been a Consultant Respiratory Physician at Queen Alexandra Hospital since 2011. He runs the severe asthma service and his special interests include asthma, pleural diseases and interventional pulmonology. His research was on patients with severe asthma, the role of tumour necrosis factor-alpha in asthma and the use of newer therapeutic strategies for improving asthma control. He is a member of the BTS/SIGN asthma guideline group.

Dr. Simon Bourne, Respiratory Consultant Physician

Dr. Tom Brown, Respiratory Consultant Physician


Dr. Will Storrar, Research Fellow

Dr Storrar is a Wessex Respiratory Registrar, currently taking time out of the registrar training programme to undertake a period of research. He is the trial coordinator for The LASER Trial (www.lasertrial.co.uk), a multi-centre, randomised controlled trial assessing a new treatment device (Airsonett) for patients with poorly controlled severe allergic asthma. He is currently working towards an MD at the University of Portsmouth looking at patient's perceptions of the Airsonett treatment device in the clinical setting. Dr Storrar is also involved in recruiting patients to clinical trials across the respiratory trial portfolio.

Dr. Claire Roberts, Research Fellow

 Dr. Tom Jones, Research Fellow

Dr Tom Jones is a Respiratory Research Doctor at Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust. He completed his first two years of clinical practice in the West Midlands before moving to Portsmouth to take up a Research Fellow Post. He has just started a PhD at the University of Portsmouth, and is planning to look for new tests that will help people with EGPA control their disease better.

Dr. Ellie Lanning, Research Fellow

I trained at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne where I graduated with MBBS and an MRes in Medical and Biomolecular Sciences. I then spent the first four and a bit working in and around London before moving to New Zealand for 18 months where my keenness for respiratory medicine further developed. I was lucky to get placed in Wessex for my speciality training and have worked in Portsmouth, Salisbury and Basingstoke before joining the Research and Innovation team. My main focus will be the exciting MISSION COPD project but I also hope to gain some valuable experience in the departments many Quality improvement and research projects. During my time here I will also be undertaking a Quality Improvement Fellowship with Health Education Wessex.

Dr. Dan Neville, Research Fellow

I am born and bred in Portsmouth and after qualifying in London was lured back to the South coast to be close to the sea. I have just finished working 2 years at QAH and am incredibly excited at joining the Research & Innovation Team. Being an asthmatic myself, I have always had an interest in novel diagnostic and treatment options in asthma and COPD. I am looking forward to adding to the dynamic and proactive respiratory research team at Portsmouth.

Sue Kerley, Research Nurse

I trained at Charing Cross Hospital in London and qualified as a registered general nurse in 1987. Since qualifying I have worked in a number of London hospitals gaining experience in surgery and medicine. I then undertook the ENB 100 ICU nursing course before moving to Portsmouth. I worked at Queen Alexandra Hospital in ICU, staying there until 2001 when I moved into research. Initially I worked at ICON Clinical Research in drug safety; I was there six months before moving to my present role in respiratory research at Queen Alexandra Hospital. Outside of work, I have two adult sons and have a keen interest in horse riding and football.

Jon Winter, Research Nurse 

I initially worked in the hospital on respiratory wards. I then took on the role of respiratory nurse specialist coordinating care of asthma and COPD patients. I also provided the oxygen assessment clinic in out-patients. I then was the respiratory lead for the medical assessment unit, out-reaching into the emergency department, facilitating respiratory post take ward rounds and managing acute admissions along with educational input. I also have been a trust oxygen champion providing oxygen education to the nursing workforce, designing competencies for oxygen and acute NIV.

Selina Begum, Research Nurse

Lara Balls, Research Nurse

A Biology Graduate with a Post graduate diploma in adult nursing, Lara previously worked in cardiac research before commencing nurse training.  As a newly qualified nurse, Lara was a staff nurse on an acute respiratory ward here at Queen Alexandra Hospital. Combining both respiratory medicine and research Lara moved into the private sector to develop her skills as a respiratory research nurse and became the lead nurse for a commercial asthma trial. Lara joined the respiratory research department in March 2015 as Lead nurse for the Laser Study and is currently undertaking a diploma in asthma.

Jayne Longstaff, Research & Innovation Nurse (AHSN)

I qualified as a RGN at Westminster Hospital, London in 1991, and have worked in acute medical, emergency and primary care (practice nursing and respiratory care), charity (Asthma UK project nurse, developing national asthma care materials) and industry (AZ Clinical nurse, educating HCP’s in primary care, respiratory patient reviews, developing and delivering collaborative project work across primary and secondary care). I am qualified in teaching and assessing, practice nursing, emergency nursing and have a BSc in long term conditions (respiratory). My current role is developing and delivering innovative respiratory projects across Wessex for WAHSN working in collaboration with multiple organisations.

Nicola Zondo - Clinical Trials Assistant

My name is Nicola Zondo. I have a 6 year working experience in both private and public health institutions. I am graduated from university of East London with a Bachelor's of Science (Hons) degree in Biochemistry. During my studies I worked as a theatre support practitioner in Day Surgery St Mary's Hospital, Newport Isle of Wight, where I have gained experience in various specialties such as ophthalmology, urology, general surgery, ENT and pain. I also worked as health care assistant in a residential home. I’ve recently joined the most innovative team at Portsmouth hospital as Respiratory Clinical Trials Assistant.

Rebecca Butler - Clinical Trials Assistant

My name is Rebecca Butler and I am a new Clinical Trials Assistant in the Respiratory Research Department. I have a background in healthcare, working in wards and in the community but was interested in moving on to the research side of things. I look forward to being involved in exciting up-and-coming clinical trials.

Martha Nutkins, Respiratory Research Administrator

I have been instrumental in the facilitation of large recruiting studies such as MISSION: Severe Asthma and COPD, TROOPER and LASER and support the Respiratory Research Team in all other aspects on clinical research. Currently studying an undergraduate degree in Geography and Business Management at the University of Derby alongside an online diploma in Health Economics with the World Bank. Outside of work, I enjoy being the Captain of the Swim Team and Secretary of the local Rowing Club and compete regularly in both.

Tracey Robbins , Respiratory Research Administrator

My name is Tracey Robbins and I have just joined the Respiratory Research Team as an Admin Support Officer. I am from Portsmouth and presently live just on the city outskirts. I am married with five children, and I now have three grandchildren.I have had a varied employment history, although it has been mainly in admin/clerical work. When I applied for this job, I had no knowledge of clinical research whatsoever. I’m happy that that didn’t deter me as it seems likely that this job will be one of the most interesting that I have ever done. Looking forward to each new day! 


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