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Sue Cooper

Principal Research Fellow and NIHR Programme Manager, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences

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Biography

Sue Cooper is Principal Research Fellow in the Division of Primary Care, and is involved in a number of different research projects, primarily in the area of developing or assessing interventions for smoking cessation in pregnancy. This includes several studies looking at e-cigarettes in pregnancy, and an NIHR Programme Grant for Applied Research, N-READY, which aims to develop and test effective ways to help women stop smoking during pregnancy including better use of Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT): https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/research/groups/tobaccoandalcohol/smoking-in-pregnancy/n-ready/index.aspx

Sue initially moved to the Division in 2006 to become the Trial Manager for the SNAP Trial - the largest randomised controlled trial of nicotine replacement therapy in 1050 pregnant smokers, funded by the NIHR Health Technology Assessment programme, and published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Previously she worked as a Clinical Trial Co-ordinator and Research Fellow in the Division of Respiratory Medicine at the University of Nottingham. She completed her PhD on the role of breathing exercises in asthma at the University of Nottingham in 2010. She also has a BSc in Physiology and Food Science and an MSc in Ergonomics, both from the University of London.

Expertise Summary

Applied health services research in NHS settings including:

  • Trial and research management
  • Design and conduct of randomised controlled trials
  • Smoking cessation in pregnancy
  • E-cigarettes
  • Surveys
  • Systematic reviews
  • Qualitative studies
  • Research into complementary therapies

Research Summary

Sue Cooper is a co-applicant on and is managing a NIHR Programme grant for Applied Research, N-READY, which aims to develop and test effective ways to help women stop smoking during pregnancy… read more

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Current Research

Sue Cooper is a co-applicant on and is managing a NIHR Programme grant for Applied Research, N-READY, which aims to develop and test effective ways to help women stop smoking during pregnancy including better use of Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT).

N-READY is a collaboration with researchers from the University of Nottingham, University of East Anglia, University of York, University of Stirling, St George's University of London, University College London, University of Oxford, University of Cambridge, Université Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris), and colleagues at Nottingham CityCare Partnership. It is hosted by Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.

More details on the N-READY programme can be found here: https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/research/groups/tobaccoandalcohol/smoking-in-pregnancy/n-ready/index.aspx

Other current research includes a longitudinal survey of attitudes to e-cigarettes in pregnant women (funded by CRUK), an RCT of e-cigarettes in pregnancy (funded by HTA), and an RCT of tailored text message system (MiQuit) for smoking cessation in pregnancy (funded by NIHR and CRUK). She is also involved in a CLAHRC study looking at developing improved behavioural support for pregnant women who want to stop smoking.

She is currently supervising two PhD students.

Past Research

Trial Manager for the SNAP Trial - the largest randomised controlled trial of nicotine replacement therapy in 1050 pregnant smokers, funded by the NIHR Health Technology Assessment programme, and published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Two year follow-up of infants from SNAP was published in The Lancet Respiratory Medicine.

Past research includes the effectiveness of breathing exercises and other complementary therapies in asthma.

Sue also has an interest in ergonomics/human factors.

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University of Nottingham
Medical School
Nottingham, NG7 2UH

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