Our Partners

We are working with 4 partner countries and the International Primary Care Respiratory Group (IPCRG) 

The UoB research team will provide oversight, research method design and training.

The partner countries will be responsible for conduct and delivery of agreed research projects and linking with policy makers to embed findings into local services.

The IPCRG will facilitate collaboration and dissemination through hosting of international meetings and liaising with other countries through their established network.



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Lead: Professor Rafael Stelmach (Pulmonologist, University of São Paulo) Co-ordinator and Ambassador of Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) in Brazil and Planning Group member of Global Alliance against CRD (GARD-WHO).


Dr Sonia Martins

Dr Sonia Martins (Family and Community Physician) coordinator of Matrix Support Program in Respiratory Health and Smoking Program (Department of Community Health of the Faculty of Medicine of ABC (FMABC)), São Bernardo do Campo, São Paulo, Brazil.

Research Team 

Dr Aldo Agra Our Partners

Dr Aldo Agra (Pulmonologist, São Bernardo do Campo) works in the tobacco treatment and COPD outpatient clinic of the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Unit of the Federal University of São Paulo. He is currently a doctoral student as well as a Sub Investigator in Clinical Research.




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Lead: Chunhua Chi (Professor, Department of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, Director, Department of General Practice, Peking University First Hospital and Executive President of Chinese Alliance for Respiratory Disease in Primary Care).

KK Cheng

Professor KK Cheng is Director of the Institute of Applied Health Research, University of Birmingham. He is also Director of the General Practice Development and Research Center, Peking University Health Science Center. He has been Professor at the University of Birmingham since 1995. His main interests are in the epidemiology, prevention and control of important non-communicable diseases, and the development of primary care in China.

Research Team

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Dr Zihan Pan (Resident of General Practice in Peking University First Hospital). 


Dr Xia Kong (Research Fellow on Breathe Well, Health Management Centre, Peking University First Hospital, Beijing, China).

Republic of North Macedonia


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Lead: Dr Radmila Ristovska (GP researcher, Centre for Family Medicine, Medical Faculty, Skopje).


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Lead: Assistant Professor Katarina Stavrikj (GP researcher, Centre for Family Medicine, Medical Faculty, Skopje).




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Lead: Dr Mariam Maglakelidze (Consultant, Environmental Health, National Centre for Disease Control and Public Health).


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Professor Tamaz Maglakelidze (Head of Pulmonology, Department of G.Chapidze, Emergency Cardiology Center in Georgia and President of Georgian Respiratory Association).


Dr Nino Magladkelidze 200x200px

Dr Nino Magladkelidze (Head of Tobacco Control Unit at the National Center for Disease Control and Public Health of Georgia. European Regional Coordinator for World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC)). 


International Primary Care Respiratory Group


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 Siân Williams is the Executive Officer of the International Primary Care Respiratory Group

Professor Jaime Correia de Sousa

Assistant Professor Jaime Correia de Sousa (Associate Professor and Chair of the Community Health Department in the School of Medicine at the University of Minho, Portugal). He is a family physician in Porto and is the former Chair of the Portuguese Primary Care Respiratory Group. Jaime is also President of the International Primary Care Respiratory Group.