CLIMBing high: Trust-funded researcher wins conference prize

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At this year’s North American Cystic Fibrosis Conference, Dr Claire Edmondson won a prize for her research on the Trust-funded ‘CLIMB-CF’ study investigating the feasibility of remote monitoring in children with cystic fibrosis (CF). Here we explain more about it

It was exciting to watch Dr Claire Edmondson, PhD student and paediatrician from the National Heart & Lung Institute, Imperial College London, present the latest results from the Trust-funded CLIMB-CF digital health project at the conference. It was even more exciting when she won the prize for the best junior investigator abstract in clinical research! An abstract is a summary of a research study, setting out its context and aims, as well as the results and conclusions found – all in less than a page.

The CLIMB-CF study is investigating the feasibility of remotely monitoring children and young people with cystic fibrosis. Dr Edmondson investigated differences between FEV1 results obtained in the clinic setting and the FEV1 results participants blew at home using a handheld spirometer. She found that generally people’s home FEV1s were lower than their clinic results. This could be partially due to the fact that the spirometers are hand-held or maybe because the young people did not have the encouragement and supervision of their clinical team while at home.

If home spirometers are used in the future, doctors and researchers need to be aware of these differences, find ways to encourage good measurements and provide support remotely from their clinical team.

“I was so honoured to be picked as the winner in this award, against some amazing other early career researchers. When I start talking about CLIMB-CF, I get excited and it’s difficult to get me to stop!” said Dr Edmondson about winning the prize. “I could not have achieved as much as I have without the support of my supervisors Professors Jane Davies, Andy Bush and Eric Alton. I’d also like to thank the Cystic Fibrosis Trust and Cystic Fibrosis Canada for the funding to do this study”.

You can read more about the CLIMB-CF study on our website, and read an interview with Dr Edmondson on her PhD studies published on the Imperial College London website. For an overview of other topics discussed at the conference you can read our conference highlights article.

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