Background and qualifications
Dr Craig Batista is a respiratory registrar, who has taken time away from his clinical training to undertake research into chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). He studied medicine at King’s College London and his clinical training has involved attachments within London, Surrey, Sussex and the West Midlands.
Now a clinical research fellow with the Respiratory BRU, he is based at the National Heart & Lung Institute, where he is studying for a PhD under the supervision of Professors Peter Barnes and Louise Donnelly.
Project title: An investigation into the defective nature of innate immunity in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
Details: Craig is researching possible causes for the defective innate immunity and inflammation displayed in COPD. His work includes studying the effects of novel anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial agents and a possible new method for the measurement of inflammatory mediators present in the airway lining fluid.
He is collaborating with other research groups within Imperial College, including the Imperial Clinical Respiratory Research Unit (St Mary's Hospital) and the Muscle Research Laboratory (Harefield Hospital), headed by Dr Trevor Hansel and Dr William Man respectively. He has also developed links with the respiratory department at Ashford and St. Peter’s NHS Trust, with whom he undertakes bronchoscopy for research.
Craig has previously presented research findings at the annual conference for the Hyperlipidaemia Education & Research Trust UK (2003), National Association of Biochemistry (2006), the Intensive Care Society (2008) and the European Respiratory Society (2011 and 2013).
Craig is passionate about medical education and has achieved a postgraduate certificate with distinction. He teaches regularly at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, and has been involved in medical school curriculum development.
He invites patients with COPD and smoking or non-smoking healthy subjects to take part in his research, which is co-ordinated through the asthma laboratory at Royal Brompton Hospital (contact Miss Sally Meah on 020 7351 8051 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org).