Professor Janet Stocks

Professor Janet Stocks PhD is professor of Respiratory Physiology, Head of Portex Unit, UCL, Institute of Child Health, London, UK

Professor Janet Stocks’ research has been focused on elucidating the early determinants of lung and airway function, including both the impact of respiratory disease and its treatment, and the detrimental effects of factors such as preterm delivery, intrauterine growth retardation and maternal smoking on subsequent lung health.

Professor Stocks has published widely on the development and validation of tests for assessing lung function in infants and young children, including many international initiatives. She is currently developing international growth charts with which better to distinguish the effects of disease from those of growth and development. These functional tests have been used to characterise the type and severity of lung disease from birth in children with diseases such as Asthma, CF, Sickle Cell Disease and Chronic Lung Disease of Prematurity.

Other current research interests include quantifying the magnitude, pattern and efficacy of force profiles delivered during chest physiotherapy in ventilated children, investigating novel, non-invasive ways of investigating structure-function relationships in the developing lung and studying the effect of altitude on cardio-respiratory function in children. Further details can be found at the Portex Website