Judy Bradley


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    United Kingdom

Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

Professor Bradley is open to wide-ranging PhD candidates from candidates with a clinical or allied health professional or other therapy background. Her fields of interest include: -Bronchiectasis - Cystic Fibrosis -Airway Clearance -Exercise and rehabilitation -Methods of optimizing clinical trials. -Outcome assessment Previous research experience is desirable although not essential


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Personal profile

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

Award Date: 24 Jun 1999

Ulster University


Award Date: 24 Jun 1994

External positions

Co-Lead NICRN (Respiratory Health)

2008 → …

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Research Output

Fool’s gold? Why blinded trials are not always best: Why blinded trials are not always best

Anand, R., Norrie, J., Bradley, J., McAuley, D. & Clarke, M., 21 Jan 2020, In : BMJ. 368, 5 p., l6228.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
  • 4 Citations (Scopus)
    238 Downloads (Pure)

    Mucoactive agents for acute respiratory failure in the critically ill a systematic review and meta-analysis

    Anand, R., McAuley, D. F., Blackwood, B., Yap, C., ONeill, B., Connolly, B., Borthwick, M., Shyamsundar, M., Warburton, J., Meenen, D. V., Paulus, F., Schultz, M. J., Dark, P. & Bradley, J. M., 08 Jun 2020, In : Thorax.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 4 Downloads (Pure)
    Open Access
  • 2 Downloads (Pure)

    Multiple Breath Washout (MBW) in bronchiectasis clinical trials – Is it feasible?

    O'Neill, K., Ferguson, K., Cosgrove, D., Tunney, M., De Soyza, A., Carroll, M., Chalmers, J. D., Gatheral, T., Hill, AT., Hurst, JR., Johnson, C., Johnson, C., Loebinger, M. R., Angyalosi, G., Haworth, C. S., Jensen, R., Saunders, C., Short, C., Davies, J. C., Elborn, S. & 1 others, Bradley, J., 19 Jul 2020, (Accepted) In : ERJ Open.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    RECOVERY- Respiratory Support: Respiratory Strategies for patients with suspected or proven COVID-19 respiratory failure; Continuous Positive Airway Pressure, High-flow Nasal Oxygen, and standard care: A structured summary of a study protocol for a randomised controlled trial

    Bradley, J., Connolly, B., McAuley, D., Gorman, E., Perkins, G. D., Couper, K., hamilton, L., Li, C., Lall, R., McGowan, N., Regan, S., Skilton, E., Stimpson, E., Yeung, J., Baillie, J. K., Dark, P. & De Soyza, A., 29 Jul 2020, In : Trials.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
    3 Downloads (Pure)


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

    Bradley, Judy (Recipient), 2014

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • Activities

    Co-supervisor of undergraduate research module

    Katherine O'Neill (Recipient), , Judy Bradley (Recipient), & Rebecca McLeese (Recipient)

    01 Sep 201901 Jun 2020

    Activity: Other activity typesOther

    Co-supervision of WWIEM Summer Research Student

    Katherine O'Neill (Recipient), & Judy Bradley (Recipient)

    01 Jun 201901 Sep 2019

    Activity: Other activity typesOther

    Co-supervisor of Intercalated BSc in Medical Science student

    Katherine O'Neill (Recipient), & Judy Bradley (Recipient)

    01 Sep 201901 Jun 2020

    Activity: Other activity typesOther

    Co-supervisor of a MSc in Experimental Medicine Student

    Katherine O'Neill (Recipient), & Judy Bradley (Recipient)

    01 Sep 201901 Sep 2020

    Activity: Other activity typesOther

    "Self Management Resources in Bronchiectasis" - Physiotherapy Forum NI

    Judy Bradley (Invited speaker)

    02 Feb 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk