H C Roscoe Grant awarded

We are very pleased to announce the recent success of Dr Clare Stokes, Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Academic Unit of Respiratory Medicine. Clare has been awarded the H C Roscoe grant (£50,000) by the British Medical Association. This prestigious award is specifically awarded to promote research into the elimination of the common cold and/or other viral diseases of the human respiratory system.

This is a significant and much valued achievement for Dr Stokes and we wish her project every success!

Viruses such as human rhinovirus, better known as the common cold are important drivers of inflammation and damage within respiratory diseases such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Reducing viral-induced inflammation within these diseases is currently only possible with steroids, and additional anti-inflammatory therapeutic options are still required. Her project will look at how liposomes, prepared from specific phosopholipid species (phosphatidylserine) reduces inflammation caused by rhinovirus infection within normal and diseased settings. In the long term, it is envisioned a nebulised form of the reagent could be administered to patients following hospitalisation, with the aim of reducing the suffering associated with these diseases.