Lauren’s Diary May 2022 – PhD Researcher Funded By CF Warriors
We would like to introduce our PhD Researcher based at Portsmouth University, Lauren Clayton. We will be keeping up-to-date with Lauren’s journey as she progresses through her PhD studies.
Weekly Update – 2nd May, 2022
I have submitted the protocol and booked a date (14th May, 2022) for the Research Ethics Committee meeting for the first study: The Understand-CF Study. WooHoo!!
I had a full supervisory monthly meeting, moving forward with the second study: The Heat-CF Study. This gave me a chance to discuss the pilot testing I have done so far and make the changes needed for my next lot of pilot testing.
I have been in the lab practising measures – the techniques to measure cardiac and vascular function, which include near-infrared spectroscopy, cardiac thoracic impedance and flow-mediated dilation.
Weekly Update – 9th May, 2022
My focus this week has been on developing my learning on the techniques used in the Understand-CF, and as such…
At the start of the week I was doing background learning on some of my techniques including the near-infrared spectroscopy system and physio flow.
Mid-week I spent time in the lab practising the placement of these devices and collecting some data to look at during exercise.
I spent a day at Southampton Hospital with the respiratory teaming some CPET testing so they can sign me off – this is needed before I can run CPET testing for the CF Team.
Weekly Update – 16th May, 2022
Lab Practice – Practising the first visit of the Understand-CF Study. This includes vascular function testing along with an exercise test with the NIRS and physio flow system.
CPD – Independent medical officer training – ECG interpretation, resuscitation/basic life support, simulations in the extreme environment laboratories.
Weekly Update – 23rd May, 2022
Began the week with pilot testing visit 1 of the Heat-CF Study.
Updated the REC protocol for heat study, getting it ready to submit.
Went to the Rehabilitation Conference.
Pilot testing visit 2 of the Heat-CF Study.
Stay tuned for plenty of further updates on Lauren’s journey.