NIHR Global Health Research Unit on Respiratory Health (RESPIRE)

Programme 2: Non-Communicable Diseases

Leads: Nik Sherina Hanafi, Universiti Malaya and Hilary Pinnock, University of Edinburgh

About Programme 2: Non-Communicable Diseases

This programme of work focusses on non-communicable conditions which develop and worsen over time, including diseases such as asthma, chronic obstructive lung disease (COPD) and lung cancer.

RESPIRE projects in this area focus on four main objectives

  1. To identify and assess the burden of Chronic Respiratory Disease (CRD) in the four Partner countries.
  2. To develop and evaluate interventions to improve the management of COPD (and other CRD).
  3. To map the seasonal and geographic allergen load and impact of triggers for asthma.
  4. To develop tailored approaches to providing supported self-management for asthma.



This programme is co-led by:

  • Professor Nik Sherina Hanafi, Head of Department of Primary Care Medicine, Universiti Malaya
  • Professor Hilary Pinnock, Personal Chair of Primary Care Respiratory Medicine, University of Edinburgh

Ai Keow Lim is RESPIRE’s Programmes and Trial Manager.


Our projects

Current Projects: Non-Communicable Diseases

Young boy using inhaler with spacer
Research from the current phase of RESPIRE (2022-2027) related to non-communicable diseases.

Completed Projects: Chronic Respiratory Disorders

Pulmonary rehabilitation exercises
Research from the first phase of RESPIRE (2016-2021) related to chronic and non-communicable diseases.