Arwel joined the Lincoln Institute for Health (LIH) in April 2015 to support the development of Respiratory research that spans the pathway from ‘bench to bedside’ and ‘cell to community’.
Arwel’s current research projects investigate the beneficial effects that exercise-based interventions (pulmonary rehabilitation) can have on the immune system and subsequent risk of respiratory infections (exacerbations) in people living with COPD. Arwel is currently exploring potential strategies to overcome barriers to patient compliance and long-term maintenance of such interventions. Arwel is also interested in the potential detrimental effects that exercise can have on some populations (increased susceptibility to respiratory infections in athletes) and ways in which this can be countered. Arwel also has a keen interest in developing systematic reviews and meta-analyses with colleagues based at the University and externally (e.g. Cochrane Airways Group).
Previously, Arwel completed a PhD entitled “Effects of bovine colostrum on immune responses to prolonged exercise and upper respiratory illness in active males” with a Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarship. This was a collaborative project between The Golden Dairy and Aberystwyth University. The scholarship was part-funded by the European Social Fund through the European Union’s Convergence Programme (West Wales and the Valleys) and administered by the Welsh Government. On completion of his PhD, Arwel was appointed as a postdoctoral researcher, a position that was jointly funded by Hywel Dda University Health Board and the Department of Sport and Exercise Science at Aberystwyth University. He was involved in various projects developing novel methods in the management of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) at the Clinical Research Centre of Prince Phillip Hospital (Llanelli).
- Supervision of PhD students
- Research mentoring for NHS staff
- Support grant development for research groups within LIH
- Delivery of systematic review training to staff and students
- LIH representative on the School of Health and Social Care Postgraduate Progress Committee