The focus of this Unit is research into the role of exercise testing and exercise training in adults with asthma, bronchiectasis and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
Together with staff and students of the Pulmonary Vascular and Advanced Lung Diseases Unit, members of the Physiotherapy Unit are investigating the role of exercise testing and training in the diagnosis and management of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH), and are assessing quality of life in patients with this condition.
Current research activities being undertaken by staff and students of the Unit include:
Assoc Prof Sue Jenkins, PhD, Head of Unit, Adjunct Associate Professor UWA
Students within Unit (2011)
Vinícius Cavalheri de Oliveira [PhD]. ‘Surgical resection for lung cancer: Optimising patient evaluation and recovery’. Supervised by K Hill, S Jenkins
Robin Fowler [PhD]. ‘Pulmonary arterial hypertension: Exercise responses, improving diagnosis and establishing exercise training guidelines’. Supervised by S Jenkins, A Maiorana, E Gabbay.
Louise Ganderton [MSc] [PhD]. ‘Quality of life assessment in pulmonary arterial hypertension’; ‘Short term effect of exercise training on exercise capacity and quality of life in pulmonary arterial hypertension.’ Supervised by S Jenkins, K Gain, E Gabbay.
Cindy Ng [PhD]. ‘Optimising physical activity in people with COPD’. Supervised by S Jenkins, K Hill.
Mohammed Mahdi Mohammed Al Yami [PhD]. ‘The language of Dyspnea in Saudi Arabian's with Pulmonary Disease’. Supervised by K Hill, S Jenkins.
Fatim Tahirah [PhD]. ‘Optimising assessment and outcomes following acute exacerbation of COPD. Supervised by S Jenkins, K Hill.
Carol Watson [MPhil]. ‘Quadriceps dysfunction following heart and heart-lung transplant: Magnitude, nature, contributing factors and clinical implications.’ Supervised by K Hill, S Jenkins.
Ben Noteboom [MPhil]. ‘Vascular health in COPD. Magnitude of impairment, association with disease severity and response to exercise training.’ Supervised by K Hill, A Maiorana, S Jenkins.
Stephanie Wilson [Hons]. ‘Examining the agreement of arterial oxygen saturation measured during exercise using a transmission and reflectance sensor in people with COPD’. Supervised by K Hill.
Hayley Holmes [Hons]. ‘Exploring cardiorespiratory responses to playing the Xbox Kinect in people with cystic fibrosis’ Supervised by K Hill.
Jade Larssen [Hons]. ‘Exploring risk factors for respiratory compromise in following cervical spinal cord injury’. Supervised by K Hill.
Dr Kylie Hill. 2011 Early Research Career Award, Faculty of Health Sciences, Curtin University.