China Scholarship Council: Fatigue and frailty in bronchiectasis

   School of Life Course & Population Sciences

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  Dr Arietta Spinou  No more applications being accepted  Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

Bronchiectasis is a chronic lung condition that was previously neglected for years. Non-pharmacological management for bronchiectasis includes airway clearance techniques and pulmonary rehabilitation. People with bronchiectasis have frequent chest infections and symptoms that affect their quality of life. They also report a constant feeling of fatigue and it is possible that frailty is an important factor affecting their quality of life. However, these aspects have been poorly investigated.

The studentship will involve examining ways to assess fatigue and frailty in patients with bronchiectasis. Findings will increase our understanding of factors that may be predictive of them and may lead in tailored treatments to address these in future.

Dr Spinou has extensive clinical and research experience in chronic lung conditions, with a special interest in bronchiectasis. The work of her team has direct application to patients and Dr Spinou is a supportive research supervisor; former student testimonial "I’ll try and do you proud". PhD students have many opportunities for development as part of a word-leading university.

King’s College London is a research-led university based in the heart of London; King’s has 29,000 students from some 150 countries, and 8,000 employees. King’s has an outstanding reputation for providing world-class teaching and cutting-edge research. The School of Life Course & Population Health Sciences encompasses four research and teaching units in the Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine, which span and link landmark life-stages with the origins and understanding of common diseases, treating life and disease as a continuum, a fundamental approach to maintaining and maximising a healthy life.

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Funding Notes

In order to be eligible for this award applicants must:
-Be a Chinese national
-Meet the requirements of the CSC – please see their website
-Hold an unconditional offer to study for a PhD at King's College London and meet our English language requirements
-Have completed a bachelors or masters degree before the agreed start of PhD study.
-Already have an IELTS score at time of applying
-For further information on the CSC programme please visit


Beatriz Herrero-Cortina, Annemarie L. Lee, Ana Oliveira, Brenda O'Neill, Cristina Jácome, Simone Dal Corso, William Poncin, Gerard Muñoz, Deniz Inal-Ince, Victoria Alcaraz-Serrano, Gregory Reychler, Angela Bellofiore, Thomy Tonia, James D Chalmers, Arietta Spinou. European Respiratory Society statement on airway clearance techniques in adults with bronchiectasis. European Respiratory Journal Jan 2023, 2202053; DOI: 10.1183/13993003.02053-2022
Arietta Spinou, Richard J. Siegert, Wei-jie Guan, Amit S. Patel, Harry R. Gosker, Kai K. Lee, Caroline Elston, Michael R. Loebinger, Robert Wilson, Rachel Garrod, Surinder S. Birring. The development and validation of the Bronchiectasis Health Questionnaire. European Respiratory Journal May 2017, 49 (5) 1601532; DOI: 10.1183/13993003.01532-2016

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