On May the 6th Dr Rebecca Holloway from the Airway Disease section organised a Lung Research Open Day for study volunteers. The aim of the event was to give feedback to the volunteers and to tell them about the research done within the NHLI and BRU. The session opened with an introduction from Prof Peter Barnes thanking the volunteers for their involvement in our studies and explaining the need for our research. This was followed by presentations given by clinicians and basic scientists to give an overview of what happens to the samples given by volunteers and how their participation furthers our research. Research areas covered included COPD exacerbations, defective phagocytosis of bacteria by macrophages (see picture below), airway remodelling and the use of nanoparticles in lung research. The feedback from the attendees was very positive:

‘Brilliantly informative!’

‘Excellent, very informative and well presented.’

“It was really stimulating to learn the breadth of research projects. Amazing!’

The presenters – Dr Rebecca Holloway, Dr Simon Brill, Dr Andrew Durham and Dr Andrew Thorley – also thought the event was a success, and would be happy to be involved in more events like this.

Phagocytosis by fluorescence_image for NHLI Blog_2015-05-29

By Rebecca Holloway