NIHR Global Health Research Unit on Respiratory Health (RESPIRE)

Platform II: Training & Capacity Development

Leads: Tabish Hazir & Igor Rudan

This platform focuses on increasing the number of health professionals and researchers who are trained to undertake high quality research in RESPIRE partner countries.

Key activities

Five Masters of Public Health students working towards publishing their Masters theses

A cohort of 10 PhD students began in 2018 and 2 started in 2019:

RESPIRE PhD studentships

Four Fellowships joined RESPIRE in 2019:

  • Md. Nazim Uzzaman: submitted a paper, co-authored another and presented an abstract at the 10th (virtual) IPCRG world conference. He won the best research poster prize at the PCRS Respiratory Conference 2019. Nazim has developed and delivered a blended-learning course on COPD which has built capacity of GPs in Bangladesh. He gave a presentation of his work as part of the RESPIRE ASM 2019 and 2020
  • Nomana Zeeshan: presented her work at a round table discussion of the International Conference on Early Childhood Development, as well as at two stakeholder engagement events in Punjab and Sindh, Pakistan. Nomana has developed an online learning platform which will provide uniform capacity building of medical students on pneumonia case management. She gave a presentation of this work as part of the RESPIRE ASM 2019 and 2020
  • Su May Liew: was nominated as the Chairperson in charge of the University of Malaya, Faculty of Medicine Research Carnival which has the theme Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) in Research, Teaching and Advocacy. She was asked to lead on PPI for University of Malaya, Faculty of Medicine. She wrote the section on PPI for an online module on Writing a Manuscript for Publication, which is now being used in training and online workshops. Su May delivered a plenary talk at the 7th Sabah Medical Research and Scientific Conference on Developing PPI in Research in Malaysia, and contributed to a BMC opinion piece on PPI in research. She gave a presentation of this work as part of the RESPIRE ASM 2019 and 2020
  • Dhiraj Agarwal: delivered abstracts at the European Respiratory Society conference and the 10th (virtual) IPCRG world conference. Oral and poster presentations during the 1st and 2nd RESPIRE Annual Scientific Meetings. He gave a presentation of his work as part of the RESPIRE ASM 2020.

RESPIRE Fellowships

Four Online Courses:

  • Chronic Respiratory Diseases (CRD) in Primary Care Settings (in partnership with International Primary Care Respiratory Group (IPCRG)).

  • Survival: The Story of Global Health

  • Priority Setting in Global Health Economics
  • Introduction to Global Health Research

Summer schools:

  • RESPIRE/IPCRG Leadership School
  • RESPIRE Research School
  • Global Health Economics and Priority Setting Summer school

Read about the leadership and research summer schools

Face-to-face training and skills sharing workshops for Early Career Researchers, senior academics and clinicians at the 2019 Annual Scientific Meeting, including:

  • Making RESPIRE research count
  • Creating sustainable impact
  • Communications (presenting your work to academic and public audiences)
  • Data handling
  • Data sharing

Virtual workshops were held as part of the 2020 Annual Scientific Meeting, including:

  • Multi-country working
  • Research ethics in global research


This platform is co-led by:

  • Igor Rudan, Professor of International Health & Molecular Medicine, University of Edinburgh
  • Tabish Hazir, Professor (Retired), Clinician and Honorary Board Member at Neoventive Solutions, Pakistan

Rachael Atherton, Training and Capacity Development Platform Coordinator, works closely with all RESPIRE members to coordinate training and development activities.

Davies Adeloye, Research Fellow, works closely with the Training and Capacity Development platform.