Mr Alex Jenkins

PhD Student
aljenkins@lincoln.ac.uk

Alex Jenkins joined the Lincoln Institute for Health (LIH) in October 2015 as a PhD Student. Alex’s PhD aims to identify relationships between Pulmonary Rehabilitation/Physical Activity and Exacerbation Frequency in patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).

Previously, Alex has completed an MPhil entitled “A Pilot Study to Examine the Effect of Acute Exercise on Neutrophil Function in patients with COPD” with a Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarship (KESS). This was a collaborative project between the Hywel Dda University Health Board & Aberystwyth University based at the Clinical Research Centre of Prince Philip Hospital, Llanelli . The scholarship was part-funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) through the European Union’s Convergence Programme (West Wales and the Valleys) and administered by the Welsh Government. On completion of his MPhil, Alex was appointed as a Respiratory Physiotherapy Assistant in the Countywide Community Respiratory Service (CCRS) within Lincolnshire Community Health Service (LCHS). He was involved the organising and running of Pulmonary Rehabilitation programmes for patients with COPD and various other lung diseases (e.g. Interstitial Lung Disease & Bronchiectasis).

Alex’s research interests revolve around identifying the potential health benefits of Pulmonary Rehabilitation in COPD.

Subject Specialism

COPD, Exercise Immunology, Pulmonary Rehabilitation

Qualifications

  • MPhil: COPD & Exercise Immunology — Aberystwyth University, 2015
  • BSc (Hons) Sport & Exercise Science — Aberystwyth University, 2013

Professional Affiliations

  • International Society of Exercise and Immunology — Member
  • British Thoracic Society — Pre-Specialist Member
  • European Respiratory Society — Professional Member
  • East Midlands Thoracic Society — Professional Member
  • British Lung Foundation — Professional Member
  • Physiological Society — Affiliate Member
  • American Thoracic Society — Student Member
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Mr Alex Jenkins

Mr Alex Jenkins

PhD Student

Dr Arwel Jones

Research Fellow

Arwel joined the Lincoln Institute for Health (LIH) in April 2015 to support the development of Respiratory research that spans the pathway from ‘bench to bedside’ and ‘cell to community’.

Arwel’s current research projects investigate the beneficial effects that exercise-based interventions (pulmonary rehabilitation) can have on the immune system and subsequent risk of respiratory infections (exacerbations) in people living with COPD. Arwel is currently exploring potential strategies to overcome barriers to patient compliance and long-term maintenance of such interventions. Arwel is also interested in the potential detrimental effects that exercise can have on some populations (increased susceptibility to respiratory infections in athletes) and ways in which this can be countered. Arwel also has a keen interest in developing systematic reviews and meta-analyses with colleagues based at the University and externally (e.g. Cochrane Airways Group).

Previously, Arwel completed a PhD entitled “Effects of bovine colostrum on immune responses to prolonged exercise and upper respiratory illness in active males” with a Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarship. This was a collaborative project between The Golden Dairy and Aberystwyth University. The scholarship was part-funded by the European Social Fund through the European Union’s Convergence Programme (West Wales and the Valleys) and administered by the Welsh Government. On completion of his PhD, Arwel was appointed as a postdoctoral researcher, a position that was jointly funded by Hywel Dda University Health Board and the Department of Sport and Exercise Science at Aberystwyth University. He was involved in various projects developing novel methods in the management of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) at the Clinical Research Centre of Prince Phillip Hospital (Llanelli).

Department Responsibilities

- Supervision of PhD students
- Research mentoring for NHS staff
- Support grant development for research groups within LIH
- Delivery of systematic review training to staff and students
- LIH representative on the School of Health and Social Care Postgraduate Progress Committee

Subject Specialism

COPD; Exercise Immunology; Exercise Physiology; Systematic Reviews

Qualifications

  • Exercise Immunology PhD — Aberystwyth University, 2014
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education — Aberystwyth University, 2014
  • Biology and Sports Science BSc (Hons) — Aberystwyth University, 2010

Awards

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy — 2014
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Dr Arwel Jones

Dr Arwel Jones

Research Fellow

Dr Neil Holden

Senior Lecturer

Senior Lecturer in Life Sciences in the College of Science

My major research interests revolve around the interaction between anti-inflammatory and pro-inflammatory pathways in inflammatory airway diseases predominantly Asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
Corticosteroids (aka glucocorticoids) are the mainstay therapy of the inflammatory lung diseases asthma and COPD. In more severe cases of these diseases they are often taken in combination with “reliever” therapies, such as long acting Beta 2 adrenergic receptor agonists (LABA’s), as these combinations have been shown to be more beneficial than corticosteroids alone. However it is not entirely clear the anti-inflammatory molecular mechanisms these drugs activate within the various lung cells.
I have previously developed a strong interest in proteins who have potential anti-inflammatory activities and whose expression is driven by corticosteroids and/or LABAs.  My current research projects are focused on the interaction of these anti-inflammatory proteins with respiratory viruses, which are the leading causes of exacerbations and therefore morbidity and mortality in asthma and COPD.

Department Responsibilities

Lecturers in various Modules on Virology, Immunology, Respiratory Pharmacology, and Airway Diseases

Module leader for Medical and Veterinary Microbiology
Module Leader for Fundamentals of Pharmacology and Toxicology

Subject Specialism

Airway Inflammatory Diseases, Asthma & COPD, Virology and Immunology

Qualifications

  • PhD in Molecular Physiology — The University of Warwick, 2006
  • BSc in Virology with Intercalated Year — The University of Warwick, 2001

Awards

  • Eric Reid Fund for Methodology — Biochemical Society, 2015
  • Izaac Walton Killam Postdoctoral Fellowship — Killam Trusts, 2008
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Dr Neil Holden

Dr Neil Holden

Senior Lecturer

Ms Hayley Robinson

PhD Student
hrobinson@lincoln.ac.uk

Hayley Robinson joined the Lincoln Institute for Health (LIH) in October 2016 as a PhD student. Hayley’s PhD aim is to develop and test the feasibility of an intervention to maintain or improve physical activity levels following pulmonary rehabilitation in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Hayley’s research interests focus on physical activity and behaviour change in the management of COPD.

Hayley previously studied Health Psychology as part of her MSc at the University of Surrey. This, in addition with her experience as a support worker, has facilitated the development of her research interests surrounding physical activity and psychological well-being.

Subject Specialism

Chronic diseases, pulmonary rehabilitation, physical activity and behaviour change.

Qualifications

  • MSc: Health Psychology — University of Surrey, 2016
  • BSc: Psychology — University of Plymouth, 2014

Professional Affiliations

  • European Respiratory Society — Professional Member
  • British Thoracic Society — Pre-Specialist Member
  • British Psychological Society — Graduate Member
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Ms Hayley Robinson

Ms Hayley Robinson

PhD Student