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Dr Helen Parfrey is a consultant Respiratory physician at Papworth Hospital and clinical lead for the Cambridge Interstitial Lung Disease Service. She has clinical and translational research interests in the role of innate immunity in pulmonary fibrosis and the genetics of familial and idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.
Dr Sara Booth trained in anaesthetics (an invaluable grounding in pain relief, intensive care and applied pharmacology, for hospital palliative care) and did six months psychiatry at Oxford before palliative medicine. She trained at St Christopher’s Hospice (London) and Sir Michael Sobell House (Oxford) before moving to Addenbrookes hospital (Cambridge) to set up the palliative care team. Sara became interested in breathlessness at St Christopher's, completing a trial of oxygen versus air in breathlessness and has been committed to improving the care of breathless patients ever since. After a NHS R&D training fellowship she combined research with clinical practice in Cambridge. Sara started the Cambridge Breathlessness Intervention Service (CBIS), and a programme of breathlessness research. Since retirement from NHS work (2012) in addition to breathlessness research, she is interested in resilience and wellbeing - to improve quality of life in chronic disease and has co-authored and coedited books, scientific papers and reviews on breathlessness and palliative care.
Julie Lloyd has over 30 years’ experience in Respiratory Physiology and Sleep. She is the Vice-Chair of ARTP, the professional body that represents respiratory and sleep scientist and is an active member of the ERS Spirometry Task Force. She is also a member of the European lung Foundation Professional Advisory Committee. She enjoys teaching and has delivered training at many levels for student physiologists, nurses, physiotherapists and medical staff for over 10 years. She regularly presents basic and advanced physiology to a variety of audiences in the UK and Europe. Her specialist interests include home oxygen assessment, sleep disordered breathing and non-invasive ventilation.
Dr Doyle is a consultant clinical psychologist specialising in the interface between biomedicine and psychology. She is head of Psychology at the Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Trust and Chair of the Faculty of Clinical Health Psychology, British Psychological Society. She provides clinical services to patients and families and management, supervision, staff support, training and consultancy services to healthcare professionals. Dr Doyle has experience of working with individuals and families affected by a range of respiratory conditions including idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis and other interstitial lung diseases, cystic fibrosis, severe asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and lung cancer. She draws upon positive psychology theory and uses a strengths-based approach to promote health, well-being and quality of life.