Dr. Sara Bonvini is Research Associate in the Respiratory Pharmacology group within the National Heart and Lung Institute.
Sara has recently completed her PhD where she is investigated the role of the ion channel TRPV4 in airway sensory nerves. Activation of airway sensory nerves in the lungs can cause reflex events such as cough and bronchoconstriction, both of which are characteristic symptoms of respiratory disease. New and effective therapies to combat these debilitating symptoms are urgently needed.
Her current research involves investigating mechanisms of enhanced reflex responses in airway disease with the aim of developing novel therapies
During her time within the Respiratory Pharmacology laboratory, Sara has been a recipient of a number of prizes including NHLI Day best poster presentation (2013) and best oral presentation (2014), the BALR Young Scientist prize at the summer meeting of 2014, the GSK prize for best oral presentation at the BPS Pharmacology meeting 2014, and the best abstract by a Young Investigator in Assembly 5 at the ERS congress 2015.