UKRRC

The UK Respiratory Research Collaborative was launched in 2006 under the Chairmanship of Professor Stephen Holgate. The initiaitive grew from two well attended workshops at which respiratory professional bodies and lung charities met to discuss how best to take forward the respiratory research agenda. 
 
The first Report - Raising the Profile - was produced after a consensus conference at the Royal College of Physicians of London in October 2005 which prioritised key areas for respiratory research development.
 
A second workshop was held in February 2006, where 6 key priority areas were identified. 
Five  events for early career investigators have been held since 2011, usually during the BTS Winter Meeting.
 
Professor David Lomas was appointed as new Chair of the Collaborative in 2013. Dr Ian Hall succeeded him in Spring 2016.  A revised workplan will be posted here when it is available. 
 
Terms of Reference of UKRRC
 
  • Produce and update a strategy for respiratory research in consultation with constituent groups and others
  • Promote the need for world class research into respiratory disease
  • Facilitate translational research in respiratory medicine
  • Continue working to raise the profile of respiratory research in the UK
  • Raise awareness of the need for a good career structure for respiratory researchers
  • Promote conditions in which more research can take place in NHS settings.
  • Work to increase the funding for respiratory research in the UK
  • Raise awareness of the amount that has been achieved by the respiratory research community
  • Liaise with UK agencies and funders - DoH, MRC, Wellcome Trust and so on - to share information, respond to consultations where an united response would be helpful, and to work jointly towards the shared aim of improved patient care. Such liaison to be effected in 2 ways - direct involvement in meetings, and open lines of communication meantime.