Katherine O'Neil

Centre for Infection and Immunity, Medical Biology Centre, Queen’s University Belfast


  • Dec 2010 Postgraduate 20 point module (Medical Statistics for Postgraduate Students) (Mark: 73)
  • Jan 2010 Postgraduate 30 point module (Respiratory Care Physiotherapy (Mark: 72)
  • Sept 2002 – July 2006 B.Sc. (Hons) Physiotherapy [2.1] University of Ulster
  • Sept 2001 – July 2002 Biomedical Science: First year modules: Genetics, Anatomy & Physiology, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology
  • Sept 1994 – July 2001 3 A level’s Grade A (Chemistry, Biology, History)

Professional registration

  • July 2006 – present?Member Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (MCSP) [No: 76291]
  • July 2006 - present?Member Health Professions Council [PH 77510]
  • Aug 2010 - present Member of Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Cystic Fibrosis

Current & previous appointments

  • Nov 2010 – Present: PhD StudentCentre for Infection and Immunity Queen’s University Belfast
  • Oct 2008 – Nov 2010: Northern Ireland Clinical Research Network (NICRN) Research, Physiotherapist Band 6 (Respiratory), Belfast Health and Social Care Trust, Belfast City Hospital
  • Nov 2006 – Oct 2008: Research Physiotherapist Band 5 (Respiratory), Belfast Health and Social Care Trust, Belfast City Hospital
  • Jul 2006 – Nov 2006: Respiratory Physiotherapy Research Assistant, Health & Rehabilitation Sciences Research Institute, University of Ulster

Research training

Research trials specific training

  • Mar 2010 NICRN Training day ‘Informed consent’?
  • Oct 2009?IATA (International Air Transport Association) training (for preparing and ?transporting clinical trial samples)
  • Oct 2009 NICRN Training Day: ‘Preparing to deliver good quality research’
  • Jan 2009 Training on development of project plans and use of UKCRN costing template
  • Jan 2009? Good Clinical Practice (GCP) Training
  • Mar 2008 ?European Respiratory Society School Course: Advanced Cystic Fibrosis. Best Research Best Care

Professional development: Courses/conferences attended

  • June 2011 European Cystic Fibrosis Conference June 2011
  • June 2011 Physiotherapy short course. Exercise in Cystic Fibrosis
  • June 2010 Bronchiectasis update (clinical/research)
  • Oct – Dec 2009? Advanced Airways Clearance Course (Module bearing)
  • Sept 2009 ?Life-Shirt training
  • Sept 2009? Sweat chloride collection training
  • July 2009 ?Spirometry theory & practical training
  • June 2008 ?European Cystic Fibrosis Conference 2008
  • May 2008 ?HSC Clinical Research in Partnership with Industry Programme
  • April 2008? Ulster Thoracic Society Meeting
  • Dec 2007 British Thoracic Society Winter Meeting
  • Oct 2006 ?Allied Health Professionals Research Conference


  • Treacy K, Tunney M, Elborn JS, Bradley JM. Mucociliary clearance in cystic fibrosis: physiology and pharmacological treatments. Paediatrics and Child Health 2011. Volume 21, Issue 9 , Pages 425-430.
  • Treacy K, Elborn JS, Rendall J, Bradley JM Copying letters to patients with Cystic Fibrosis (CF): Letter Content and Patient perception of benefit. Journal of Cystic Fibrosis June 2008. Volume 7, supplement 2, page S111.
  • Treacy, K. High Frequency Chest Wall Oscillation (HFCWO) to augment airways clearance in a CF patient: A case study. Journal of ACPRC 2010. Volume 42, page 23-27.

 In Press

  • FR Baldrick, JS Elborn, JV Woodside, K O’Neill, J Bradley, CC Patterson, B Schock, M Ennis, IS Young, MC McKinley. Effect of fruit and vegetable intake on oxidative stress and inflammation in COPD: a RCT. European Respiratory Journal 2011.

 Abstracts from conference presentations

  • O’Neill K, Bradley J.M, Tunney M, Elborn J.S. Lung Clearance Index (LCI) and FEV1% predicted correlate equally with treatment burden as measured by Cystic Fibrosis Questionnaire-Revised (CFQ-R). Oral presentation accepted at the British Thoracic Society, Winter Meeting 2011.
  • Bradley JM, Treacy K, O’Neill B, Kerr F, Wilson L, Gardner E, JS Elborn. A randomised double blind 13 week crossover trial of hypertonic saline (HTS) (6%) versus isotonic saline (ITS) (0.9%) in patients with bronchiectasis. Oral presentation accepted at the British Thoracic Society, Winter Meeting 2011.
  • Treacy K, Walsh DM, Kent L, McCorry L, Rendall J, Elborn JS, Bradley JM. Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) for acute lung pain in cystic fibrosis. Oral presentation at the European CF Society Conference Hamburg, June 2011.
  • Treacy K. High Frequency Chest Wall Oscillation (HFCWO) for Airways Clearance: An In”Vest”ment? Physiotherapy Case Presentation at the European CF Society Conference Hamburg, June 2011.
  • Kent L, O’Neill B, Treacy K, Carson L, Elborn JS, Bradley JM. Effect of IV antibiotics on ventilation and heart rate during sleep measured by respiratory inductive plethysmography. Poster presentation at the European CF Society Conference Hamburg, June 2011
  • Treacy K, Elborn JS, Rendall J, Bradley JM. Copying letters to CF patients: perceptions of benefit. Poster presentation at the European CF Society Conference Prague, June 2008.
  • O'Connor B, Treacy K, Jenkins L, Shimmin D, Reilly J, Reid A, Elborn JS, Bradley JM. Is short messaging system (SMS) text messaging an acceptable strategy to be used in CF to increase adherence? Poster presentation at the North American CF Conference Orlando, October 2008.

Other research output

  • Belfast Health and Social Care Trust newsletter: I have collaborated with another colleague as co-editor to develop a trust research newsletter (2008 & 2010) for patients with CF to emphasise the importance of clinical research in order to improve and advance treatments. It is hoped that this newsletter will promote research participation.
  • Northern Ireland (NI) pulmonary rehabilitation audit (2007). I was a member of the steering group and assisted with data collection and document preparation [available at www.science.ulster.ac.uk/hrsri/]

Measures of Esteem

  • Feb 2008 Respiratory Physiotherapy Research Assistant, UUJ: Regional Multidisciplinary Audit of Pulmonary Rehabilitation programmes in NI awarded ‘Respiratory COPD Project of the Year’.
  • July 2006 Undergraduate Physiotherapy student: Award for Undergraduate dissertation: Electro Medical Supplies prize for the 'Best project in the year in an area related to Electrotherapy'.