Current research projects

These are our current projects. With your support we can continue to fund groundbreaking research.


Dr Toby Maher, Imperial College London

  • Our grant: £100,000 BLF–Richard Mintz Fellowship
  • Project: to investigate improving clinical trials in interstitial lung disease through bioinformatics (which combines computer science, statistics, mathematics and engineering to analyse and interpret biological data) and systems biology
  • Duration: 36 months

Professor Anoop Chauhan, Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth:

  • Our grant: £174,656
  • Project: a multicentre trial to assess regular early specialist palliative care treatment in mesothelioma
  • Duration: June 2013 to May 2016

Dr Dow-Mu Koh, Royal Marsden Hospital

  • Our grant: £21,851
  • Project: a magnetic resonance imaging project to evaluate treatment response in patients with mesothelioma
  • Duration: September 2013 to August 2016

Professor Anne Bowcock, Royal Brompton Hospital, London

  • Our grant: £199,998
  • Project: to study the genetics of mesothelioma
  • Duration: September 2013 to August 2016

Dr Daniel Murphy, Beatson Institute For Cancer Research, Glasgow

  • Our grant: £98,869
  • Project: a new state-of-the-art animal model of mesothelioma
  • Duration: October 2013 to September 2017

Professor John Greenman, University of Hull

  • Our grant: £24,810
  • Project: to develop personalised treatment for mesothelioma
  • Duration: November 2013 to October 2016

Professor Marion MacFarlane, Medical Research Council Toxicology Unit, Leicester

  • Our grant: £184,273
  • Project: to investigate optimal targeting of critical survival signals in mesothelioma to improve patient outcomes
  • Duration: November 2013 to October 2016

Dr Zsuzsanna Tabi, Cardiff University

  • Our grant: £148,587
  • Project: to study immune cell killing of cancer cells in complex mesothelioma tissue
  • Duration: March 2014 to February 2017

Dr Timothy Yap, Institute of Cancer Research and Royal Marsden Hospital

  • Our grant: £49,446
  • Project: to study how genetic changes in plasma DNA reflect tumour mutations in advanced mesothelioma and can be used to guide patient treatment
  • Duration: August 2014 to July 2017

Dr Lynne Prince, University of Sheffield

  • Our grant: £48,470
  • Project: to investigate how lung macrophage cells (a type of white blood cell that plays an important role in the immune system) cause inflammation in COPD
  • Duration: October 2014 to January 2016

Dr Jennifer Quint, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

  • Our grant: £78,570
  • Project: to study preventing and treating vascular diseases in people with COPD
  • Duration: 36 months

Dr James Dodd, University of Bristol

  • Our grant: £38,850
  • Project: to investigate why mental function is impaired in people with COPD
  • Duration: 18 months

Dr Andrew Durham, Imperial College London

  • Our grant: £49,682
  • Project: to study preventing fatal lung scarring in COPD and other lung disease
  • Duration: 12 months

Professor Caroline Dive, Cancer Research UK Manchester Institute

  • Our grant: £49,729
  • Project: new mouse models to study drug resistance in lung cancer
  • Duration: 24 months

Dr John Marshall, Queen Mary University of London

  • Our grant: £29,940
  • Project: to investigate targeting the integrin αVβ6 (a type of protein involved in cell connection) to treat lung cancer
  • Duration: 36 months

Professor Mike Grocott, University of Southampton

  • Our grant: £49,548
  • Project: to investigate whether exercise can help people with advanced lung cancer before and during chemotherapy
  • Duration: 24 months

Dr Sejal Saglani, Imperial College London

  • Our grant: £50,736
  • Project: to study the pattern of infection and inflammation in the lungs of preschool children with wheezing to take the guesswork out of treatment
  • Duration: 18 months

Professor Simon Johnson, University of Nottingham

  • Our grant: £49,781
  • Project: to investigate a potential new treatment to reduce lung scarring in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis
  • Duration: 12 months

Professor Donna Davies, University of Southampton

  • Our grant: £119,975
  • Project: to study the use of lung washings (salt solutions) for better prediction and treatment of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis
  • Duration: 24 months

Professor Gary Middleton, University of Birmingham

  • Our grant: £76,796
  • Project: to study the role of myeloid derived suppressor cells – which increase during cancer, inflammation and infection – in mesothelioma, and how inhibiting STAT3 (a type of protein) can affect their number and function
  • Duration: 36 months

Dr Nick Maskell, University of Bristol

  • Our grant: £59,719
  • Project: to look at alternative radiological scanning and biopsy methods to identify cancer of the lining of the lung (pleura)
  • Duration: 30 months

Sean Williams, Keele University Medical School

  • Our grant: £2,000
  • Type: Healthcare professional training grant 
  • Duration: September 2012 to August 2017