Research Projects

Premature Aging and Skeletal Muscle Dysfunction in COPD Patients: Development of a Cell Line Model

This study will offer an insight into the pathogenesis of skeletal muscle wasting and dysfunction, an increasing problem in the aging COPD population. This could then be translated into studies...

How Can Pharmacy Help Patients with Heart Failure who Struggle to Manage Their Medicines and Condition?

When patients with heart failure do not take their medicines as directed, they become sicker and die earlier. As is often the case, patients from deprived areas are more likely...

Psychosocial and Physical Factors Influencing Employment of Adults with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

In line with recommendations of the revised MRC guidance on complex interventions, this pilot represents the first step in informing the method and design of a main study; the principal...

The Epidemiology of Stroke Patients and Their Primary Care in the Highlands of Scotland

In the Highlands of Scotland it can be difficult to get to patients who have had a stroke. It can also take much longer to take stroke patients to hospital....

The Effect of Acute UV-A Exposure and Dietary Nitrate Ingestion on Plasma Nitrate, Endothelial Function and Blood Pressure

This pilot project will explore whether two methods of increasing levels of nitric oxide in the body will enhance key markers of cardiovascular health. Specifically, we will investigate the acute...

NETosis in Bronchiectasis

Bronchiectasis is a chronic disabling condition. Patients suffer daily cough, sputum production and recurrent chest infections. However, this remains an ‘orphan’ disease with limited research done. In bronchiectasis there is...

The Impact of Therapy Based Rehabilitation Services Late After Stroke

The last twenty years have seen dramatic changes in the way services are provided for stroke survivors including the widespread development of stroke units and supported discharge services. These developments...

High Sensitivity Troponin in Familial Hypercholesterolemia

Familial Hypercholesterolemia (FH) is a common hereditary condition which affects approximately 1 in 500 people in the UK. It leads to unusually high levels of cholesterol in the blood and...

Implementation of Stroke Early Supported Discharge in Scotland

"The study will investigate what rehabilitation services are provided to stroke survivors in Scotland when they leave hospital and whether research evidence is being used to guide provision of healthcare....

Supporting Sit-To-Stand Rehabilitation Using Smartphone Sensors to Provide Tactile Feedback

For many stroke survivors standing up from sitting is problematic. Recovering this important movement depends on practice. This can be carried out at home, however, it is difficult to get...