Professor David Thickett DM FRCP

David Thickett

Institute of Inflammation and Ageing
Professor in Respiratory Medicine

Contact details

Address
Institute of Inflammation and Ageing
College of Medical and Dental Sciences
Centre for translational Inflammation Research
University of Birmingham Laboratories
Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham
Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 2TT

David Thickett trained in Oxford and London. He was a specialist registrar in the South West region before doing his DM thesis on ARDS in Bristol. He was initially appointed as a Senior Lecturer in 2001 and then became a Wellcome Intermediate Fellow in 2006. He was appointed as a reader in 2011 and promoted to Chair in Respiratory Medicine in 2014.

ORCID ID: 0000-0002-5456-6080

Qualifications

  • MA (Oxon) DM FRCP

Biography

General Professional training

  • 1992 House Officer Surgery, Princess Royal Hospital
  • 1992-1993 House Officer Medicine, Professorial Department of Endocrinology, North Staffordshire Royal Infirmary, Stoke on Trent
  • 1993-1994 Senior House Officer Cardiothoracic Medicine, Harefield Hospital
  • 1994 Senior House Officer Clinical Oncology / Gastroenterology, Mount Vernon, Hospital
  • 1994-1995 Senior House Officer General / Respiratory Medicine, RUH, Bath
  • 1995 Senior House Officer Neurology, Royal United Hospital, Bath

Specialist training

  • 1995-1996 Respiratory Registrar, Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton
  • 1996-1998 Specialist Registrar Respiratory medicine, Southmead Hospital, Bristol
  • 1998-1999 Clinical Research Registrar, Lung Research Group, University of Bristol
  • 1999-2000 Specialist Registrar in Respiratory Medicine, Bristol Royal Infirmary
  • 2000-2001 Specialist Registrar, Gloucester Royal Hospital

Academic / Consultant Posts

  • 2001-2006 Senior Lecturer in Medical Sciences, University of Birmingham and Honorary Consultant Physician, UHB
  • 2006-2011 Wellcome Intermediate Fellowship
  • 2011-2014 Reader in Respiratory Medicine
  • 2014 Professor in Respiratory Medicine

Teaching

  • Mentor for 9 medical students
  • Regularly supervise BMEDSCI student projects (3rd year)
  • Lead for speciality respiratory medicine 4th year
  • Respiratory self select module in the second year

Postgraduate supervision

  • Previously had 4 MD students and 1 PhD student successfully complete
  • Currently has 1 MD student and 4 PhD students

Research

Dr Thickett’s research interests are predominantly in the areas of primary lung epithelial and macrophage biology, murine models of acute lung injury, epithelial mesenchymal transition and translational clinical trials to prevent and treat acute lung injury and idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. He has been and continues to be a co-investigator or principal investigator on a number of clinical trials successfully obtaining an MRC DCS grant for 2 clinical trials of vitamin D therapy to prevent lung injury following oesophagectomy.

Dr Thickett is currently involved in the following studies:

  • Translational science lead, chairman of clinical endpoints committee and steering group member for BALTI- PREVENTION
  • PI of a phase II trial of simvastatin in healthy elderly patients
  • PI of a phase II study of the pharmcogenetics of vitamin D replacement in tuberculosis
  • PI of a phase II open label dosing study of vitamin D following oesophagectomy
  • the PI of a phase II study vitamin D to prevent acute lung injury following oesophagectomy (VINDALOO)
  • PI of a phase II study of simvastatin to modify neutrophil function in older patients with septic pneumonia (SNOOPI)
  • TSC member of TIPAC-2 steering committee – a trial of septrin therapy in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis

Other activities

  • Associate Editor of Thorax (2011-2015)
  • Less than fulltime training committee representative for Respiratory Medicine West Midlands
  • Respiratory Trainee training committee member 2006-ongoing
  • Birmingham and the Black Country Respiratory research lead
  • Respresent respiratory Medicine for Birmingham upon the national Respiratory speciality group for the CLRN

Publications

Recent publications

Article

Mahida, RY, Price, J, Lugg, ST, Li, H, Parekh, D, Scott, A, Harrison, P, Matthay, MA & Thickett, DR 2022, 'CD14-positive extracellular vesicles in bronchoalveolar lavage fluid as a new biomarker of acute respiratory distress syndrome', American journal of physiology. Lung cellular and molecular physiology, vol. 322, no. 4, pp. L617-L624. https://doi.org/10.1152/ajplung.00052.2022

Belchamber, KBR, Thein, OS, Hazeldine, J, Grudzinska, FS, Faniyi, A, Hughes, M, Jasper, A, Yip, KP, Crowley, LE, Lugg, ST, Sapey, E, Parekh, D, Thickett, DR & Scott, A 2022, 'Dysregulated neutrophil phenotype and function in hospitalised non-ICU COVID-19 pneumonia', Cells, vol. 11, no. 18, 2901. https://doi.org/10.3390/cells11182901

CATALYST investigators, Fisher, B, Veenith, T, Slade, D, Gaskell, C, Rowland, M, Whitehouse, T, Scriven, J, Parekh, D, Balasubramaniam, M, Cooke, G, Morley, N, Gabriel, Z, Wise, M, Porter, J, McShane, H, Ho, L-P, Newsome, P, Rowe, A, Sharpe, R, Thickett, D, Bion, J, Gates, S, Richards, D, Kearns, P & Mussai, F 2022, 'Namilumab or infliximab compared with standard of care in hospitalised patients with COVID-19 (CATALYST): a randomised, multicentre, multi-arm, multistage, open-label, adaptive, phase 2, proof-of-concept trial', The Lancet Respiratory Medicine. https://doi.org/10.1016/S2213-2600(21)00460-4, https://doi.org/10.1016/s2213-2600(21)00460-4

Mahida, RY, Scott, A, Parekh, D, Lugg, ST, Hardy, RS, Lavery, GG, Matthay, MA, Naidu, B, Perkins, GD & Thickett, DR 2021, 'Acute respiratory distress syndrome is associated with impaired alveolar macrophage efferocytosis', The European respiratory journal, vol. 58, no. 3, 2100829. https://doi.org/10.1183/13993003.00829-2021

Mahida, RY, Scott, A, Parekh, D, Lugg, ST, Belchamber, KBR, Hardy, RS, Matthay, MA, Naidu, B & Thickett, DR 2021, 'Assessment of Alveolar Macrophage Dysfunction Using an in vitro Model of Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome', Frontiers in Medicine, vol. 8, 737859. https://doi.org/10.3389/fmed.2021.737859

Veenith, T, Fisher, BA, Slade, D, Rowe, A, Sharpe, R, Thickett, DR, Whitehouse, T, Rowland, M, Scriven, J, Parekh, D, Bowden, SJ, Savage, JS, Richards, D, Bion, J, Kearns, P, Gates, S & CATALYST Trial Investigators 2021, 'CATALYST trial protocol: a multicentre, open-label, phase II, multiarm trial for an early and accelerated evaluation of the potential treatments for COVID-19 in hospitalised adults', BMJ open, vol. 11, no. 11, e050202. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2021-050202

Roberts, A, Tang, T, Stewart, F, Pallini, C, Wallace, G, Cooper, A, Scott, A, Thickett, D, Lugg, S, Pinkney, T, Taylor, G, Brock, K, Stamataki, Z, Brady, CA, Curnow, J, Gordon, J, Qureshi, O, Barnes, N, Bentley, L, Juvvanapudi, J, Bancroft, H, Hemming, B, Ferris, C, Langman, G, Robinson, A, Chapman, J & Naidu, B 2021, 'Ex vivo modelling of PD-1/PD-L1 immune checkpoint blockade under acute, chronic, and exhaustion-like conditions of T-cell stimulation', Scientific Reports, vol. 11, no. 1, 4030. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-021-83612-3

Faniyi, AA, Lugg, ST, Faustini, SE, Webster, C, Duffy, JE, Hewison, M, Shields, A, Nightingale, P, Richter, AG & Thickett, DR 2021, 'Genetic polymorphisms, vitamin D binding protein and vitamin D deficiency in COVID-19', The European respiratory journal, vol. 57, no. 5, 2100653. https://doi.org/10.1183/13993003.00653-2021

Alenezi, FK, Almeshari, MA, Mahida, R, Bangash, MN, Thickett, DR & Patel, JM 2021, 'Incidence and risk factors of acute kidney injury in COVID-19 patients with and without acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) during the first wave of COVID-19: a systematic review and Meta-Analysis', Renal Failure, vol. 43, no. 1, pp. 1621-1633. https://doi.org/10.1080/0886022X.2021.2011747

Preprint

Veenith, T, Fisher, BA, Slade, D, Rowe, A, Sharpe, R, Thickett, DR, Whitehouse, T, Rowland, M, Scriven, J, Parekh, D, Bowden, SJ, Savage, JS, Richards, D, Bion, J, Kearns, P & Gates, S 2021 'CATALYST trial protocol: a multicentre, open-label, phase II, multi-arm trial for an early and accelerated evaluation of the potential treatments for COVID-19 in hospitalised adults' medRxiv, pp. 1-15. https://doi.org/10.1101/2021.02.10.21251478

Mahida, RY, Price, J, Lugg, ST, Li, H, Parekh, D, Scott, A, Harrison, P, Matthay, MA & Thickett, DR 2021 'CD14 positive extracellular vesicles in broncho-alveolar lavage fluid as a new biomarker of acute respiratory distress syndrome' medRxiv. https://doi.org/10.1101/2021.09.25.21264053

Fisher, BA, Veenith, T, Slade, D, Gaskell, C, Rowland, M, Whitehouse, T, Scriven, J, Parekh, D, Balasubramaniam, MS, Cooke, G, Morley, N, Gabriel, Z, Wise, MP, Porter, J, McShane, H, Ho, L-P, Newsome, PN, Rowe, A, Sharpe, R, Thickett, DR, Bion, J, Gates, S, Richards, D & Kearns, P 2021 'Namilumab or infliximab compared to standard of care in hospitalised patients with COVID-19 (CATALYST): a phase 2 randomised adaptive trial' medRxiv, pp. 1-26. https://doi.org/10.1101/2021.06.02.21258204

Review article

Davis, LC, Sapey, E, Thickett, DR & Scott, A 2022, 'Predicting the pulmonary effects of long-term e-cigarette use: are the clouds clearing?', European Respiratory Review, vol. 31, no. 163, 210121. https://doi.org/10.1183/16000617.0121-2021

Lugg, ST, Scott, A, Parekh, D, Naidu, B & Thickett, DR 2021, 'Cigarette smoke exposure and alveolar macrophages: mechanisms for lung disease', Thorax. https://doi.org/10.1136/thoraxjnl-2020-216296

Llibre, A, Grudzinska, FS, O'Shea, MK, Duffy, D, Thickett, DR, Mauro, C & Scott, A 2021, 'Lactate cross-talk in host-pathogen interactions', The Biochemical journal, vol. 478, no. 17, pp. 3157-3178. https://doi.org/10.1042/BCJ20210263

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