Welcome to our blog. We hope that this site will give you some insight into the research we do here in the Respiratory Muscle Laboratory at King’s College London (KCL), and to allow you to keep up to date with the projects we have running. We know that medical research can sometimes seem a bit mysterious, so we hope that showing you what we do is helpful. We welcome any questions you might have about our work and we will do our best to answer them!
Our department is based within the Respiratory Medicine building at King’s College Hospital in Denmark Hill, London. Some of us are employed by the Hospital, others by KCL (the university). We also have students here from KCL and sometimes visitors from other hospitals and universities around the world. We come from a variety of different backgrounds, including medicine, physiotherapy, nursing, and physiology and we do our research in many different areas of lung disease. The main focus of our work is physiology, which is the study of how the systems of the body work, but we look at lots of different aspects of physiology and then relate it to different conditions and diseases in which people have problems with their breathing. We have a wide variety of different projects running. You can find more details about what research we all do in other posts.
Facebook: King’s Muscle Lab
Phone: 0203 299 2080
Address: Research Fellows’ Office, Chest Unit, 2nd Floor Cheyne Wing, King’s College Hospital, Denmark Hill, London SE5 9RS
Dr Gerrard Rafferty: Ged is a Reader in Human Physiology at KCL and has a background in Physiology. He supervises many of the projects running in the lab as well as teaching within the University. Ged’s research interests include how muscles throughout the body are affected by lung diseases, how best to measure this, as well as different aspects of how we can help adults and children with their breathing particularly when on intensive care.
Dr Caroline Jolley: Caroline is a Senior Lecturer in Human Physiology at KCL, and an honorary respiratory consultant at King’s College Hospital. She has a specialist interest in breathlessness, particularly in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and related lung conditions. Her research involves measuring how hard people are working to breathe, by measuring the activity of the diaphragm and other breathing muscles, and relating this to how breathless they feel. Caroline hopes that her research will help us to better understand how and why people feel breathlessness, with the aim of developing more effective treatments for breathlessness in patients with advanced lung disease.
Dr Victoria MacBean: Vicky is a children’s respiratory physiotherapist and has been working in the lab since 2009, measuring how hard the breathing muscles work in children with breathing problems and healthy children. Her research aims to understand how the breathing muscles work differently when children have breathing problems, and to see if we can use this to make decisions about the best treatments to give sick children.
Alan Lunt: Alan is a clinical physiologist whose research looks at the breathing problems that adults and children with sickle cell disease have, how these change over time, and the different factors that can influence the severity of these breathing problems. He has been working in the lab since 2008. Alan used to run the children’s lung function testing service at King’s College Hospital but now works full time on his research.
Daniel Hadfield: Dan is an intensive care nurse who is working with adults who require help with their breathing from a ventilator. He is investigating a new type of breathing machine that may be better at giving the help a patient needs and be more comfortable, particularly for patients who need help with their breathing for a long time. He does his research on the intensive care units at King’s College Hospital and is working towards his PhD.
Dr Manuel Lozano Garcia: Manuel is an engineer from Barcelona. He is working in the lab for a year, supported by a fellowship from the European Respiratory Society, and is developing new ways in which we can analyse our data.
Dr Peter Cho: Peter is a respiratory doctor, working on a project investigating cough sensitivity and breathlessness in patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) recovering from an acute illness, and how these symptoms change in the weeks after discharge from hospital.
Dr Matthew Maddocks: Matthew is a physiotherapist who is interested in muscle function in people with lung disease, particularly lung cancer and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). He is mainly based in the Division of Palliative Care, Policy & Rehabilitation in the Cicely Saunders Institute, but he does much of his research in our lab.
Dr Charles Reilly: Charles is a Consultant Physiotherapist in Chronic Respiratory Disease at King’s College Hospital. His job is shared between working directly as a physiotherapist with patients with a variety of long-term breathing problems and research, some of which is within our lab. Charles has worked in the lab since 2007 and has done much of his research looking at how the breathing muscles work in healthy people and adults with cystic fibrosis, as well as running studies for patients with severe breathlessness.