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Accepting PhD Students

20142024

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Research Interests

European Cystic Fibrosis Society: Clinical Trials Network; cystic fibrosis; respiratory disease; bronchiectasis; non-CF bronchiectasis; patient-reported outcome measures; CT imaging; microbiology

Research Statement

Dr Kathryn Hill is currently the European Cystic Fibrosis Society Clinical Trials Network (ECFS CTN) Coordinator for the ECFS CTN Standardisation Committee, based at the Wellcome Trust-Wolfson Northern Ireland Clinical Research Facility at Queen's University, Belfast. Prior to this, Dr Hill held a post-doctoral research post in physiotherapy at Ulster University. She completed her BSc (First Class Hons) Degree in Physiotherapy at Ulster University in 2011, following a BSc and PhD in Economics and Social Sciences at Queen's University (1994), PGCFHE (1996) & PGDFHE (with Commendation) (1999) at Ulster University. She joined the ECFS CTN and Queen's University in 2015. 

Dr Hill's research portfolio is focused on respiratory health, with a specific interest in cystic fibrosis (CF). She is coordinator of multiple working groups within the ECFS CTN Standardisation Committee. One area of focus is exploring patient reported outcome measures (PROMs) with the ECFS CTN and CF Europe PROMs Special Interest Group, working to develop patient-led outcome measures in the field of CF. Dr Hill also coordinates working groups on CF diagnostic techniques such as Sweat Test, inflammatory biomarkers in CF, lung imaging in CF, anthropometrics, microbiological techniques, and respiratory function measurement.

These projects are funded for example by both the ECFS, and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Therapeutics Development Network (CFF TDN) and include international, multi-centre trials, employing a wide range of trial designs (RCTs and observational studies) and both quantitative and qualitative methodologies. 

Dr Hill is currently a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists, the European Respiratory Society and the European Reference Network (Lung): as a member of the Functional Committee on Patient Reported Outcomes & Quality of Life.

Dr Hill is currently co-applicant on a Gregory Lemarchal Association funded observational study in France and Belgium to assess patient reported outcome measures in CF, within this trial she co-leads on the validation of a new PROMs tool to assess the impact of cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) therapies on quality of life and symptom report in people with CF. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

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  • ECFS CTN measurement of body mass index

    Hill, K., Sermet, I., Smith, C., Snowball, J., Owen, E., Munck, A. M., Van Biervliet, S., Asseiceira, I., Duckers, J. & van Steenbergen, E., 14 Jan 2024, 7 p. ECFS Education Platform : European Cystic Fibrosis Society.

    Research output: Other contributionProtocolpeer-review

  • ECFS CTN SOP sputum induction for expectorating older children and adults

    Hill, K., Burgen, O., Dautry, M., Pleskova, J., Chelmerova, A. & Sermet-Gaudelus, I., 17 Apr 2024, 24 p. European Cystic Fibrosis Society.

    Research output: Other contributionProtocolpeer-review

  • ECFS CTN 2022 Annual Report

    Downey, D., Dunlevy, F., Hill, K., Bulteel, V., Verbrugge, A. & Sermet-Gaudelus, I., 08 Nov 2023, European Cystic Fibrosis Society. 39 p.

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  • ECFS CTN measurement of height standard operating procedure

    Hill, K., Sermet-Gaudelus, I., Smith, C., Snowball, J., Owen, E., Munck, A. M., Van Biervliet, S., Asseiceira, I., Duckers, J., McLeese, R. & van Steenbergen, E., 01 Sept 2023, 7 p. ECFS Education ePlatform : European Cystic Fibrosis Society.

    Research output: Other contributionProtocolpeer-review

  • ECFS CTN measurement of weight standard operating procedure

    Hill, K., Sermet, I., McLeese, R., Smith, C., Snowball, J., Owen, E., Munck, A. M., Van Biervliet, S., Asseiceira, I., Duckers, J. & van Steenbergen, E., 01 Sept 2023, 5 p. ECFS Education ePlatform : European Cystic Fibrosis Society.

    Research output: Other contributionProtocolpeer-review