Alex Jenkins joined the Lincoln Institute for Health (LIH) in October 2015 as a PhD Student. Alex’s PhD aims to identify relationships between Pulmonary Rehabilitation/Physical Activity and Exacerbation Frequency in patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).
Previously, Alex has completed an MPhil entitled “A Pilot Study to Examine the Effect of Acute Exercise on Neutrophil Function in patients with COPD” with a Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarship (KESS). This was a collaborative project between the Hywel Dda University Health Board & Aberystwyth University based at the Clinical Research Centre of Prince Philip Hospital, Llanelli . The scholarship was part-funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) through the European Union’s Convergence Programme (West Wales and the Valleys) and administered by the Welsh Government. On completion of his MPhil, Alex was appointed as a Respiratory Physiotherapy Assistant in the Countywide Community Respiratory Service (CCRS) within Lincolnshire Community Health Service (LCHS). He was involved the organising and running of Pulmonary Rehabilitation programmes for patients with COPD and various other lung diseases (e.g. Interstitial Lung Disease & Bronchiectasis).
Alex’s research interests revolve around identifying the potential health benefits of Pulmonary Rehabilitation in COPD.