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Respiratory Disorders

Clinical trials in respiratory disorders here in the North East and North Cumbria are improving the treatment and services for people in our region

We oversee research that deals with the investigation, diagnosis, monitoring, and treatment of all Respiratory disorders.

  • we support a wide range of research including:
  • studies involving the development of medicines for all respiratory disorders
  • studies into asthma, bronchiectasis and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • studies into treatments of cystic fibrosis
  • studies into treatments of lung disease and infections
  • studies into the treatment of pleural disease
  • studies for sleeping and breathing disorders
  • studies into disorders affecting the chest wall and respiratory muscles

Specialty Links and leads for respiratory research in our region

The Specialty Clinical Lead for the Network is Dr Liz Fuller , Respiratory  Consultant , South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust

We have agreed leads/links in each of our Trusts across our region. Scroll down to view them

Meet the Team

Dr Liz Fuller

Specialty Clinical Lead and Respiratory Consultant South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust

Antony De Soyza

Dr Tony De Soyza

Respiratory Consultant at Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Deputy National Lead for Respiratory disorders

Nadia Elkaram

Respiratory research nurse and Patient and Public Involvement Link for respiratory research based at South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust

Watch the patient case study

Patients are being encouraged to take part in a research trials which could improve treatment in the future. Respiratory research at North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust

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Clinical Trials in Respiratory Disorders

Select a trial from the list below to find out more about what it’s all about and how you can get involved in helping others.

EMBARC – The European Bronchiectasis Registry

This study is seeking to establish a register of patients diagnosed with bronchiectasis around Europe.

EME – TIPAC – Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis Study

Treating pulmonary fibrosis with co-trimoxazole

LuCID Lung Cancer Indicator Detection

The goal of this study is to carefully look at the compounds someone exhales to determine if analysis of exhaled breath can detect lung cancer.

NIVO – 1 year longitudinal follow up after assisted ventilation

This study aims to track the progress of patients that have required assisted ventilation for one year after discharge from hospital.

Instage-IPF IMP study

This study is for patients that have been diagnosed with Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.


The aim of the MARS2 study is to determine if it is feasible to enrol patients with mesothelioma into a study randomising them to chemotherapy only or chemotherapy and lung-sparing surgery.

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