Bristol Team

The University of Bristol team are based within the School of Arts and the School of Social and Community Medicine.

Professor Havi Carel (Senior Investigator)
C0107708 HSS brochure - Jessica and Havi case studHavi leads Life of Breath at the University of Bristol. She is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Bristol, where she also teaches medical students. Her research examines the experience of illness and of receiving healthcare. Havi has a particular interest in augmenting the naturalistic approach to illness with a phenomenological perspective to improve our understanding of the experience of illness, enhance communication between healthcare practitioners and patients and identify focused interventions.

Kate Binnie (Researcher)
Kate Binnie​Kate is a Music Therapist and Mindful Yoga Therapist with an MSc in Palliative Care from King’s College London, for which she won a scholarship to research mind/body therapies and pain. Kate draws together these techniques into her work with patients suffering from anxiety, breathlessness and pain in a variety of supportive and palliative care settings in Oxfordshire.

Jordan Collver (Project Administrator)
Jordan’s role in the Life of Breath project is to co-ordinate and support the Bristol team’s activities. He is also a freelance illustrator, comic artist, and science communicator with a focus on the convergence of science and art. His academic background is in history with religious studies, and science communication.

Dr James Dodd (Researcher)
James DoddJames is a Consultant Senior Lecturer in Respiratory Medicine at the Academic Respiratory Unit, University of Bristol. His research focuses on the multi-system impact of lung disease and he is currently undertaking neuroimaging studies of brain pathology and cognitive function in patients with COPD. His clinical work is at Southmead Hospital, Bristol, where he has responsibility for the care of patients with complex COPD and asthma.

Prof Gene Feder OBE (Researcher)
Gene FederGene is a professor of primary health care and a GP in north Bristol. His research has focused on the management of chronic conditions, particularly respiratory and cardiovascular disease, and the health care response to domestic violence and abuse. He conducts randomised controlled trials, systematic reviews and qualitative studies, depending on the expertise of statisticians, economists and social scientists. Gene was recognised for his work on domestic violence in the 2017 New Year’s Honours List with an OBE.

Dr Alice Malpass (Researcher)
Alice MalpassAlice is a mid-career NIHR research fellow within Bristol Medical School. Her research has focused upon mindfulness based cognitive therapy for a range of health issues, including people living with COPD or asthma. With a doctorate in anthropology, Alice uses a variety of qualitative methods (cognitive interviewing, in depth interviews and ethnographic observation). Within the Life of Breath project she is using cognitive interviews to explore the multiple ways people living with a respiratory condition interpret questions differently on respiratory questionnaires. The second stage of this project is to go into clinical settings and observe the work these questionnaires and lung function tests perform within the clinical encounter. Since 2016 Alice has also started collaborating with Elspeth Penny on an arts and health project in which participants are invited to write a letter to their breath.

Dr Coreen McGuire (Researcher)
Coreen is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Philosophy. Her work for the Life of Breath project focuses on the historical use of the spirometer in measuring and assessing lung capacity, and its role in creating a definition of COPD. This work will trace the epistemic authority of the spirometer and explore the problem of mechanical objectivity vs individual subjectivity in a historical context.

Tina Williams (PhD Student)
Tina WilliamsTina is the philosophy of medicine PhD student on the Life of Breath project. Her research focuses on the philosophy of breathing and breathlessness in physical illnesses, mental disorders, and everyday life. With a background in philosophy, she is also qualified in cognitive behaviour therapy managing depression and anxiety disorders in both primary care and a holistic charitable setting. Her interests include the philosophy of medicine, phenomenology and existentialism and the philosophy of psychiatry.

Dr Ronit Yoeli-Tlalim (Goldsmiths, University of London)
Ronit-Yoeli-TlalimHaving studied at Tel-Aviv University and gained her PhD from SOAS, Ronit now works on aspects of medicine, history, religion and spirituality and the interactions between these ideas, particularly in Asian cultures.