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Meet the team

A short overview of all the team members involved in the creation of the course.
Team member Bio
Professor Hilary Pinnock Professor Hilary Pinnock is Professor of Primary Care Respiratory Medicine, University of Edinburgh and a family doctor in Whitstable, Kent. Her research interests include the delivery of care within the ‘real-life’ primary care setting including implementing supported self-management for asthma, telehealthcare for monitoring respiratory disease, helping people with COPD and depression to attend pulmonary rehabilitation, supportive care for people with severe COPD.
Professor Aziz Sheikh Aziz Sheikh is Professor of Primary Care Research & Development, Director of the Usher Institute and Dean of Data at The University of Edinburgh. He is Honorary Consultant in Paediatric Allergy at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Director of the 16-university Asthma UK Centre for Applied Research, Director of the NIHR Global Respiratory Health Unit (RESPIRE), and HDR UK BREATHE Hub, PI on the NIHR Programme Grant for Applied Research on ePrescribing systems for Anti-Microbial Stewardship (ePAMS+), PI of the Scotland-wide COVID-19 EAVE II platform and is Co-Director of the NHS Digital Academy.
Siân Williams Siân Williams is Chief Executive Officer at the International Primary Care Respiratory Group, a clinically-led charity working locally and collaborating globally to improve respiratory health in primary care. Public-health trained at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, she is particularly interested in large-scale change and the creation of a sustainable global respiratory network for improvement across low, middle and high income countries in the context of their commitments to the Sustainable Development Goals.
Siti Nurkamilla Ramdzan Siti Nurkamilla Ramdzan (Kamilla Ramdzan) is a senior lecturer and a family medicine specialist at the Department of Primary Care Medicine, University of Malaya, Malaysia. Kamilla is also a PhD student at the University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom and her PhD project focuses on developing a Culturally tailored school-based intervention for Asthma in Malaysia (CuT-AsthMa) under the NIHR Global Health Research Unit on Respiratory Health (RESPIRE) studentship award. Her passion is to integrate research into practice for health improvement, particularly in respiratory conditions.
Dr GM Monsur Habib Dr GM Monsur Habib is a primary care respiratory physician with over 35 years experience in clinical practice. Dr Monsur is also founding & senate member of the International Primary Care Respiratory Group (IPCRG). After the achievement of an MBBS from the University of Dhaka, Dr Monsur attended various post graduate training and courses in Edinburgh, Warwickshire, and Whipps Cross University hospital, London, UK. He is keen to improve the respiratory care of the people of Bangladesh and organised the primary care health professionals to form the Bangladesh Primary Care Respiratory Group (BPCRS).
Dr Nazim Uzzaman Dr Nazim Uzzaman’s interest are in developing a clinical academic career in respiratory applied health research and contribute in reducing the burden of chronic respiratory illness, specifically asthma and COPD, in Bangladesh. Dr Nazim completed his MBBS in 2011, attained an MPH degree thereafter, and recently completed a Research Fellowship (RESPIRE) programme at the University of Edinburgh. His previous research experience includes examining the issues delivering primary health care in rural communities, as well as in e-health and blended e-learning.
Juliet McDonnell Juliet McDonnell is the Teaching & Learning Projects Manager with the International Primary Care Respiratory Group. She is a highly experienced project lead and educator, working on innovative learning and change programmes in global health.
Hani Salim Hani Salim is a family doctor and a senior lecturer at the Department of Family Medicine, Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), Malaysia. Her research specialities include asthma, self-management, health literacy and digital technology in delivering healthcare. Hani is currently studying for her doctorate at the University of Edinburgh, whose project focuses on asthma self-management among adults with low health literacy. This project is funded by NIHR Global Health Research Unit on Respiratory Health (RESPIRE). She is dedicated to improving health inequality in respiratory care in low resource settings.

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This course was funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Global Health Research Unit on Respiratory Health (RESPIRE) using UK aid from the UK Government to support global health research. The views expressed are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of the NIHR or the UK Department of Health and Social Care.

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