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Alex Jenkins

Respiratory Research Officer, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences



Alex Jenkins joined the Nottingham Respiratory Research Unit in March 2019. Alex is currently working on the British Lung Foundation Early COPD Partnership recruiting a novel cohort of younger smokers to identify those at risk of rapid declines in lung function.

Previously, Alex has recently submitted his PhD titled "The frequent exacerbator phenotype of COPD in pulmonary rehabilitation - assessment of clinical outcomes and inflammation" with support from the Doctoral Training Alliance/University of Lincoln. This was a collaborative project between the Lincoln Institute for Health and Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust. Alex has also completed an MPhil entitled "A Pilot Study to Examine the Effect of Acute Exercise on Neutrophil Function in patients with COPD" with a Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarship (KESS). This was a collaborative project between the Hywel Dda University Health Board & Aberystwyth University.

Alex also has an interest in systematic reviews and clinical guidelines which has seen him act as a methodologist for the American Thoracic Society. Clinically, Alex has extensive previous experience as a Respiratory Physiotherapy Assistant within Lincolnshire Community Health Services (LCHS). He was involved the organising and running of Pulmonary Rehabilitation programmes for patients with COPD and various other lung diseases (e.g. Interstitial Lung Disease & Bronchiectasis).

Alex's core research interests revolve around identifying the potential unknown health benefits of Pulmonary Rehabilitation in COPD. He is also interested in mechanisms underpinning clinical phenotypes and prevention of exacerbations.

Research Summary

Identifying traits of the early stages of development of COPD in younger smokers.

Recent Publications

Past Research

The role of pulmonary rehabilitation in frequent exacerbators and inflammation

Division of Respiratory Medicine, The School of Medicine

The University of Nottingham
Clinical Sciences Building
Nottingham City Hospital
Hucknall Road
Nottingham, NG7 2UH

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