Research, audit & quality

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Background

  • Numerous opportunities exist for collaboration with all the major clinical specialties and with University staff on the Foresterhill site.
  • There is also on-site support from the Audit Department, from the Research & Development Department and from the Medicines Assessment Research Unit, the latter for commercial research.

Research Interests

  • The Respiratory Unit has established clinical research interests particularly in the areas of Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Cystic Fibrosis and Interstitial Lung diseases.

There are a number of ongoing projects particularly in the areas of:

  • Studies into the early life origins of Asthma and Allergy
  • The natural history of wheezing syndromes: particularly factors affecting decline in lung function including perinatal factors, childhood diagnostic category and diet
  • Studies into the chemotherapy and other management of Lung Cancer
  • Studies into the role of eosinophils and their products in the pathogenesis of Asthma
  • Treatment of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis

The University of Aberdeen

  • The University of Aberdeen is a fusion of two ancient universities: Kings College founded in 1495 and Marischal College which dates from 1592.
  • The University maintains an outstanding record in scholarship and supports a high level of teaching and learning underpinned by a first class portfolio of research.
  • The Institute of Medical Sciences is adjacent to the University Medical School on the Foresterhill site and brings together medical scientists and clinicians in a fully integrated research facility.

Audit

  • There is a Clinical Effectiveness / Audit Department on site and a Scottish Office funded Health Services Research Unit.