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Research Statement

Professor Judy Bradley is currently the Director of the Wellcome Trust-Wolfson Northern Ireland Clinical Research Facility.  Prior to this, Professor Bradley held a joint appointment in Physiotherapy between Ulster University and Belfast Health and Social Care Trust. She completed her degree B.Sc. in Physiotherapy in Ulster University in 1994 after which she worked as a Physiotherapist within the UK. In 1999 she completed her PhD which focused on the development and testing of a field exercise test for CF.  In 1998 she was appointed as Lecturer Practitioner/Reader in Physiotherapy, between Ulster University and Regional Adult CF Centre, until 2012 when she was appointed as Professor in Physiotherapy at Ulster University. She joined Queen's University Belfast in July 2015 when appointed as Director of the Northern Ireland Clinical Research Facility.


Professor Bradley’s research programme is focused on respiratory health. She is involved in several programmes exploring the effectiveness of therapies linked to optimising airway clearance via pharmacological and non-pharmacological approaches as well as rehabilitation and adherence interventions.  These programmes are funded for example by MRC, NIHR and are multi-centre and employ a wide range of trial designs (RCT, observational) and methodologies (both quantitative and qualitative methods).


Professor Bradley is currently lead applicant on a NIHR grant, in excess of £1million, evaluating the efficacy of mucolytic therapies in bronchiectasis and leads this trial within up to twenty sites across the UK.


Professor Bradley is also a co-applicant on a NIHR-funded, randomised controlled trial to determine if a health hub intervention can build better treatment habits in Cystic Fibrosis. Within this trial, she     co-leads on a Fidelity work-stream focused on both measuring the quality of the adherence intervention delivered across the sites and on implementing quality improvement initiatives to optimise the adherence intervention.


Professor Bradley has lead roles within the Northern Ireland research infrastructure and is currently Director of the Northern Ireland Clinical Research Facility and Co-Lead of the Northern Ireland Clinical Research Network for Respiratory Health.

Education/Academic qualification

Ulster University

Ulster University


External positions

Co-Lead NICRN (Respiratory Health)

2008 → …

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Research Output 2008 2019

Composition of the airway bacterial community correlates with chest HRCT in adults with bronchiectasis

O'Neill, K., Einarsson, G., Rowan, S., McIlreavey, L., Lee, A., Lawson, J., Lynch, T., Horsley, A., Bradley, J., Elborn, J. & Tunney, M., 30 Jul 2019, In : Respirology.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

rRNA Genes

So You Want to be aClinical Research Fellow

Addy, C., Bradley, J., McGarvey, L., Elborn, J. S. & Downey, D., Jan 2019, In : The Ulster Medical Journal. 88, 1, p. 60-61 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
3 Citations (Scopus)

Supporting medication adherence for adults with cystic fibrosis: a randomised feasibility study

Hind, D., Drabble, S. J., Arden, M. A., Mandefield, L., Waterhouse, S., Maguire, C., Cantrill, H., Robinson, L., Beever, D., Scott, A. J., Keating, S., Hutchings, M., Bradley, J., Nightingale, J., Allenby, M. I., Dewar, J., Whelan, P., Ainsworth, J., Walters, S. J., O'Cathain, A. & 1 othersWildman, M. J., 11 Apr 2019, In : BMC Pulmonary Medicine. 19, 1, p. 77

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Medication Adherence
Feasibility Studies
Cystic Fibrosis
Dry Powder Inhalers

Airway Clearance in Bronchiectasis

Bradley, J., O'Neill, K., Vilaro, J. & McIlwaine, M., 2018, Bronchiectasis: The EMBARC Manual 2018. Chalmers, J., Polverino, E. & Aliberti, S. (eds.). Springer, p. 257-284 28 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Open Access

Airway clearance techniques, pulmonary rehabilitation and physical activity in bronchiectasis

Bradley, J., Herro-Cortina, B., Lee, A-M. & O'Neill, B., 29 Mar 2018, (Accepted) ERS Monograph. European Respiratory Society, p. xxx

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)


Delivery of Health Care
Northern Ireland
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
Delivery of Health Care

Physio-Learn shortlisted in the RSCNI E-Learning Innovation Awards

Judy Bradley (Recipient), 2014

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

honors and awards
Northern Ireland
health services

Activities 2008 2018

"Self Management Resources in Bronchiectasis" - Physiotherapy Forum NI

Judy Bradley (Invited speaker)
02 Feb 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

"Effective and Efficient Working with Clinical Research Associates"

Judy Bradley (Invited speaker)
02 Feb 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

"How to use Systematic Reviews to inform Clinical Trials", Clinical Trials Workshop

Judy Bradley (Invited speaker)
23 Jan 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

"Clinical Trial Facility and Clinical Trial Networks", Clinical Trials' Workshop

Judy Bradley (Invited speaker)
22 Jan 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

European Cystic Fibrosis Society, Training and Development Day, Seville.

Judy Bradley (Organiser)
06 Jul 201709 Jul 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference