Investigators and research team

List of investigators and research team from University of Birmingham

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Rachel JordanDr Rachel Jordan, Senior Lecturer in Epidemiology at the University of Birmingham, College Academic Lead for Global Health Research and the chair of the research committee of the International Primary Care Respiratory Group. Her research focuses mainly on epidemiology and health service research of COPD in primary care including the BLISS programme.

Peymane Adab

Professor Peymane Adab, Professor of Public Health and Chronic Disease Epidemiology at the University of Birmingham. She has developed a national and international portfolio of work in chronic disease epidemiology and behavioural medicine, including a programme of work on screening and the epidemiology of COPD (the BLISS programme). Her research interests also includes obesity prevention, particularly among children and multi-ethnic populations.  She holds major grants in these areas from the UK National Institute of Health Research and the Medical Research Council.




KK Cheng

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

 Professor Brendan Cooper

Professor Brendan Cooper, Consultant Clinical Scientist at the University Hospitals Birmingham, specialising in lung function and sleep. He is also President of the Academy for Healthcare Science. 


Alexandra Enocson

Dr Alexandra Enocson, Respiratory Care Practitioner and Programme Manager for Breathe Well at the University of Birmingham. She has extensive experience as both a respiratory care practitioner and healthcare manager in different countries. She was formerly the Programme Manager for a NIHR-funded programme grant on COPD, entitled 'The Birmingham Lung Improvement Studies (BLISS)'.


Amanda Farley

Dr Amanda Farley, Lecturer in Public Health and Epidemiology at the University of Birmingham. Her main research interests relate to behaviour change interventions, including their development, implementation in clinical practice and the health benefits for patients with chronic or infectious disease. She has significant expertise in the field of tobacco addiction.

Nicola Gale, Director of Doctoral Research / Lecturer in Health Sociology

Dr Nicola Gale, Health Sociologist at the University of Birmingham, where she has brought her sociological perspective and skills to projects in fields of health services research, public health, primary care, community-led and complementary health care.  She specialises in qualitative methods and mixed methodologies. 


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Professor Kate Jolly, Professor of Public Health and Primary Care. Her main research interests are on the prevention and management of important non-communicable diseases, such as cardiovascular and respiratory conditions; behaviour change to reduce obesity and increase physical activity and maternal and child health. 



Dr Sue Jowett, Reader in Health Economics. Her main research interests are applied economic evaluations, including evaluation alongside randomised controlled trials and the use of decision modelling, related to chronic disease prevention and treatment in a primary care setting. Her clinical areas of interest are musculoskeletal, respiratory and cardiovascular conditions.

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Dr Kiran Rai, Research Fellow. Her main research interests include investigating the effects of COPD on work related outcomes such as employment, sickness absence and work performance, and interventions aimed at improving work ability and work productivity among those with COPD. 



Alice Sitch, Lecturer in the Institute of Applied Health Research. Alice is a member of the Biostatistics, Evidence Synthesis and Test Evaluation (BESaTE) research group, and collaborates with many researchers at the University of Birmingham and beyond. She is a statistician for the Institute of Translational Medicine (ITM) and Deputy Director for the Birmingham Hub of the Research Design Service (RDS). 


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Dr Alice Turner, Senior Clinical Lecturer and Consultant in Respiratory Medicine. Alice’s research interests are predominantly in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and alpha 1 antitrypsin deficiency, fields in which she has published widely. She lectures to both Medical and Dental Students at the University and is involved in clinical teaching and examining in several local hospitals.

Research Fellow

Dr Andy Dickens

Dr Andy Dickens is the lead Research Fellow on Breathe Well and also on a NIHR-funded programme grant on COPD, entitled 'The Birmingham Lung Improvement Studies (BLISS)'. He has extensive experience of conducting research within the primary care setting. 

Administrative Support


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Karen Jones is the administrator for Breathe Well in the Institute of Applied Health Research at the University of Birmingham.