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Professor Brendan G Cooper


Academy for Healthcare Science

Professor Brendan Cooper holds a personal Honorary Chair in Respiratory and Sleep Physiology at the University of Birmingham through the Institute of Clinical Sciences, College of Medical & Dental Sciences. He has been Consultant Clinical Scientist in Respiratory and Sleep Physiology at University Hospital Birmingham for over 13 years and also holds an Honorary Senior Research Fellow appointment with the University. His professional work involves acting at consultant level as part of the respiratory medicine team and requires clinical involvement in direct patient care, overseeing one of the largest respiratory physiology departments in Europe and being responsible for teaching and research in respiratory physiology at both a national and international level.

Brendan has a fairly unique role in his profession, in that he has been a leader of his professional body for over 25 years, initially as Honorary Chair and more recently President of the Association for Respiratory Technology & Physiology. Furthermore, has extended his professional leadership profile internationally through the European Respiratory Society as a Group Chair and then as Head of an Assembly (Allied Respiratory Professionals). This in turn has lead to opportunities to be a leader on numerous global respiratory physiology task forces on standards, reference values and international training courses. He has an international reputation as a researcher and clinical specialist in respiratory physiology split between lung function testing and sleep breathing disorders. His work in this area has recently been recognised by becoming a Fellow of the European Respiratory Society and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology.

His research career has spanned 36 years and has been varied in respect of; subjects (respiratory physiology, sleep, metabolism and exercise in humans); full-time and part-time research appointments, and roles as a biologist, physiologist, clinician and investigator. He has over 100 peer-reviewed published papers and a further 120 scientific abstracts to his name, and is actively involved with grant applications (NIHR, BLF, etc.) research trials and supports both undergraduate and postgraduate research staff at the university. Brendan also leads a modest research programme in the Lung Function & Sleep department at QEHB where they are investigating new technologies and innovation for assessing breathing and lung function in the early stages of respiratory disease as well as validating commercial diagnostic equipment.

3 years ago Brendan was appointed as the President of the Academy for Healthcare Science, where he acts as a figurehead for all healthcare scientists in the UK (>53,000 in over 53 professional bodies) and leading on the “One Voice” programme for the promotion of healthcare scientists in clinical/academic service in the four devolved health services. This high profile position gives the opportunity to promote healthcare science nationally, and brings him into regular contact with the Chief Scientific Officers in the four nations, as well as contact with Presidents of Medical Royal Colleges, government ministers and influential health service leads.

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