Dr Rachel Dancer BSc, MBBS, MRCP

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Institute of Inflammation and Ageing
Clinical Lecturer Respiratory Medicine

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Institute of Inflammation and Ageing (IIA)
University of Birmingham
Queen Elizabeth Hospital
B15 2WB

Rachel Dancer is a Clinical Lecturer in Respiratory Medicine. She is particularly interested in acute respiratory medicine, perioperative inflammation and the effects of cigarette smoke on acute inflammation.


  • MRCP – Royal College of Physicians, 2008
  • MBBS – University of London, 2004
  • BSc (Hons) in Physiology with Basic Medical Sciences – University of London, 2001


Rachel studied medicine at University College London, gaining an intercalated BSc in 2001 and completing her medical degree in 2004. After completing core medical training, she joined the University of Birmingham in 2009 and started studying for a PhD in 2012, focusing on investigations into a potential role for Vitamin D in the pathogenesis of Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS).

Rachel’s research findings have been presented both nationally and internationally. She was awarded the early career investigator prize at the BTS Winter Meeting in 2015 for her work.

Rachel has research interests in acute respiratory medicine and perioperative inflammation. She has contributed to trials of Vitamin D in patients undergoing oesophagectomy and statins in patients with pneumonia. She is developing research into the effect of cigarette smoking on perioperative inflammation.

Rachel is passionate about broadening understanding of respiratory physiology and has published articles on assessment of pulmonary function. She co-authored an e-learning module on respiratory medicine aimed at foundation year doctors and regularly teaches medical students and junior doctors.


Dancer R and Thickett D (2016) Assessment of Pulmonary Function. Medicine 44(4):226-9

Dancer RC, Parekh D, Lax S, D'Souza V, Zheng S, Bassford CR, Park D, Bartis DG, Mahida R, Turner AM, Sapey E, Wei W, Naidu B, Stewart PM, Fraser WD, Christopher KB, Cooper MS, Gao F, Sansom DM, Martineau AR, Perkins GD and Thickett DR1 (2015) Vitamin D deficiency contributes directly to acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). Thorax 70(7):617-24

Dancer R and Sansom DM (2013) Regulatory T cells and COPD. Thorax 68(12):1176-8

Dancer RC, Wood AM and Thickett DR (2011) Metalloproteinases in Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis. Eur Respir J 38(6):1461-7

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