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Spotlight on COPD

NIHR Clinical Research Network shines a spotlight on innovative COPD studies to mark World COPD Day

COPD World Day 2014To mark World COPD Day (19 November 2014), the NIHR Clinical Research Network has launched “Spotlight on COPD” – an online resource highlighting innovative clinical research studies which are leading to better patient-focused outcomes.

The online resource includes information on the ground-breaking Salford Lung Study which is evaluating a new treatment for COPD patients and combines the robust scientific methodology of a Randomised Controlled Trial (the gold standard in clinical trials) with the benefits of observing “real patients” in a “real-setting.”

The BeLieVeR-HIFi study and a new phase IV trial also showcased, highlight new innovative medical devices (valves and coils) as alternative life-long treatments for COPD patients that can help manage their disease for a better quality of life.

Speaking about the “Spotlight on COPD” launch, Professor Peter Calverley, the Network’s Specialty National Lead for Respiratory said:

“The COPD research landscape is changing and World COPD Day provides us with an opportunity to highlight the important role that UK research plays in combating this worldwide disease, whilst also taking a look at how this particular area of research is evolving.

“The revolutionary “real-world” Salford Lung Study is held aloft as the first of its kind globally. By the same token, a handful of exciting studies using new innovative medical technologies are now being rolled out for NHS patients to access. It’s for that reason that we’ve decided to shine a spotlight on these two areas of COPD research.”

As well as reading interviews with patients describing how taking part in these ground-breaking research studies has changed their lives, visitors can also look at further information on how the NIHR Clinical Research Network supports COPD research, links to useful websites (including charities and other associations), and key statistics on COPD.

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Answers to Pneumonia Quiz

1. Pneumonia is an infection of which part of the lungs?

b – the alveoli, deep within the lung. Because pneumonia inflames the alveoli, it reduces the lungs ability to take up oxygen and is therefore much more dangerous than commoner lung infections such as bronchitis (an infection affecting the bronchi)


2. What proportion of childhood deaths in the world are due to pneumonia?

a – pneumonia is the single commonest cause of death in children under 5 across the world. Most of children dying of pneumonia live in the developing world, where it can be difficult to get vaccines and antibiotic treatment.


3. What makes you more likely to catch pneumonia?

d (all of the above) – smoking, excess alcohol, and flu (and other respiratory viruses) all weaken the lung defences against bacteria so make pneumonia more likely


4. The bacteria Streptococcus pneumoniae is the most common cause of pneumonia. Where does it usually live when it is not causing pneumonia?

a – Streptococcus pneumoniae is found living harmlessly in the back of the throat of 10% of adults and 50% of young children. From there it occasionally gets into the lungs and causes pneumonia


5. Who should be vaccinated against Streptococcus pneumoniae?

d (all of the above)– all these groups are at much higher risk of catching pneumonia and should be vaccinated against Streptococcus pneumoniae.


Thanks for taking our quiz: how did you do?

World Pneumonia Day: Take Our Two Minute Quiz

Pneumonia is an infection of which part of the lungs?

  1. The bronchi (the tubes taking air into the lungs)
  2. The alveoli (the tiny air sacs deep within the lung from where oxygen gets into the blood)
  3. The pleura (the lining of the outer part of the lungs)


What proportion of childhood deaths in the world are due to pneumonia?

  1. Nearly 20%
  2. Less than 1%
  3. About 5%


What makes you more likely to catch pneumonia?

  1. Smoking
  2. Drinking a lot of alcohol
  3. Having flu
  4. All of the above


The bacteria Streptococcus pneumoniae is the most common cause of pneumonia. Where does it usually live when it is not causing pneumonia?

  1. In the back of the throat
  2. In water sources such as air conditioning units
  3. In rats or other rodents


Who should be vaccinated against Streptococcus pneumoniae?

  1. Infants
  2. People aged over 65 years
  3. People with chronic lung, heart or kidney disease
  4. All of the above


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Autumn 2014 Newsletter – Christmas Song Quiz Answers


Question: How many times does Santa check his list?

Answer: Twice.


Question: Good tidings to you, and all of your what?

Answer: Kin.


Question: On the eleventh day of Christmas, what did my true love send to me?

Answer: Eleven pipers piping.


Question: I’m dreaming of a White Christmas with what?

Answer: Every Christmas card I write.


Question: Why do I want my two front teeth for Christmas?

Answer: So I could wish you Merry Christmas.



Autumn 2014 Newsletter


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Charity Christmas Concert: Tickets Still Available

UCL Christmas

We are excited to announce that The Holst Singers (one of the UK’s foremost choirs) will be giving a Charity Christmas Concert in aid of Breathing Matters.


The Charity Christmas Concert will take place on Friday, 5th December 2014 at 7pm in the new Pavilion in the grounds of University College London, Gower Street. The concert will raise money to help fund research being undertaken at University College London Respiratory by Professor Jeremy Brown and his colleagues into the causes and treatment of bronchiectasis.

Bronchiectasis is a lung disease that most people have never heard of, yet it is not rare and affects an estimated 100,000 people in the UK of all ages, including children. Bronchiectasis results from damage to the tubes taking air into the lungs (the bronchi). The damage makes the bronchi unable to clear bacteria from the lungs. As a result, patients with bronchiectasis have almost continuous lung infections. Almost all of us has had the occasional chest infection, when for a few days we have felt grotty and had a severe cough, sometimes producing mucky looking phlegm – but patients with bronchiectasis feel like this the whole time, causing them general ill-health and making their lives miserable. Severe bronchiectasis also impairs the patient’s ability to breathe normally, so that eventually they can only walk a few yards without resting, and may die due to respiratory failure. Unfortunately, there is no cure for bronchiectasis, and there has been little research into the best ways to treat patients with bronchiectasis. For about half of patients, we don’t even know why they have developed the bronchiectasis. Despite this, research into bronchiectasis is very under-funded, which makes improving the care of patients with bronchiectasis very difficult.

Holst SingersThe Holst Singers Charity Christmas Concert will include unaccompanied seasonal music by Britten, Warlock, Whitacre and “The Lamb” by Tavener and “The Hymn of Jesus” by Britten and there will also be some arrangements for unaccompanied voices of popular carols and Christmas songs so there will be something in the programme for everyone to enjoy.

The BBC describes the Holst Singers as a “leading chorus on the international stage”. In Jeremy Cole, Conductorconcert, the choir is renowned for dramatic and engaging performances, described by The Times as “interactive concert going at its most revelatory”. Holst Singers’ performances in 2014 have included a celebration of the music of John Tavener at Christ Church, Spitalfields, and Handel’s Israel in Egypt at St. John’s, Smith Square. With the City of London Sinfonia and the choir of Trinity College, Cambridge, the Holst Singers released a CD in 2012 which included “A Ceremony of Carols” and “St Nicolas”. The choir has toured extensively both in the UK and abroad, with visits to Estonia in March 2009, Santiago de Compostela, Spain, in 2012 (with the Hilliard Ensemble), and Northern Ireland in October 2013.

Tickets cost £35 (£25 for students), which includes light refreshments served at 7pm and a substantial donation to Breathing Matters to fund research into bronchiectasis. Seating is unreserved.

Tickets and further information available from Donna Basire at

If you are unable to attend the Charity Christmas Concert at UCL on Friday, 5th December 2014, but would like to make a donation in aid of Professor Brown’s research into bronchiectasis, then please contact Breathing Matters at the above email address or donate directly via the Justgiving Page