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Respiratory Physiology & Medicine

This group aims to better our understanding of respiratory physiology in health & disease with the aim of improving clinical care. Through collaborative research incorporating expertise in basic, applied and clinical respiratory physiology, we aim to develop, and apply, innovative research methods to the areas of:

  • Respiratory physiology in extremes
  • Exercise physiology in health & disease
  • Impact of respiratory disease in critical care and rehabilitation

Research areas include:

  • Understanding human responses to acute and chronic respiratory stress
    • Mechanisms of respiratory failure in clinical populations
    • Regulation of human responses to hypoxia
  • Exercise limitation in health & disease
    • Respiratory muscle & breathing mechanics
    • Neurophysiology of breathlessness
  • Understanding respiratory support and monitoring
    • Chronic disease
    • Critical care
  • Cardiorespiratory interaction and control
    • Role of cardiorespiratory interaction in exercise, the effect of chronic disease and contribution to breathlessness and exercise intolerance
  • Development of new non-invasive technologies to monitor cardio-respiratory function
    • Novel analysis techniques to allow remote monitoring of pulmonary function
  • Mechanisms, monitoring and treatment of cough
  • Respiratory physiology, sleep-disordered breathing and the development of new treatments in sleep apnoea

Group leads


Dr Gerrard Rafferty

Reader in Human & Translational Physiology


Dr Federico Formenti

Reader in Physiology

Caroline Headshot

Caroline Jolley

Senior Lecturer in Human Physiology

Contact us

Gerrard Rafferty - Reader in Human & Translational Physiology

020 3299 2082

020 7848 6333