Respiratory Health

The NI Clinical Research Network (NICRN) undertakes Respiratory research throughout Northern Ireland. The NICRN is part of a UK-wide initiative to provide opportunities for patients and clinicians to participate in high-quality clinical research.

The NICRN aims to:

  • Promote Respiratory research within Northern Ireland;
  • Attract clinical trials in Respiratory disease to Northern Ireland;
  • Conduct clinical trials across Northern Ireland to the highest standards of quality and safety;
  • Provide infrastructure to facilitate the start-up of new trials in Respiratory disease;
  • Improve access for Respiratory patients to new cutting-edge treatments.


Areas of interest include the following:

  • Providing access to novel therapies through partnership with the commercial sector.
  • Evaluation of novel therapies, tools and interventions in Respiratory medicine.

Professor Lorcan McGarvey
Institute of Experimental Medicine – QUB

Respiratory Clinical Lead

Professor Lorcan McGarvey, MD FRCP

Lorcan McGarvey is Professor of Respiratory Medicine at Queen’s University of Belfast (QUB) and Consultant Respiratory Physician at the Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast, Northern Ireland.

He graduated with Honours in Medicine from QUB in 1990 and trained in respiratory medicine in Belfast and Sydney, Australia. His main programme of research has focused on clinical and scientific aspects of airways disease and in particular chronic cough, asthma and COPD.

He is an Expert member on the European Respiratory Society Cough Task Force and currently serves on the American College of Chest Physicians Cough Guidelines Expert Committee. He leads the European Respiratory Society NEuroCOUGH Clinical Research Consortium.

Professor McGarvey has published extensively on airways disease with a current H index of 58. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and in 2011 was elected to the Association of Physicians of Great Britain and Ireland.

Professor McGarvey has been a co-lead and PI for the Clinical Research Network since 2011.

Contact email:

Professor Judy Bradley

Director NI Clinical Reserach Facility – QUB

Respiratory Clinical Lead