Imperial College London


Faculty of MedicineNational Heart & Lung Institute

Honorary Lecturer



+44 (0)20 7352 8121 ext 4183j.kelly




Fulham RoadRoyal Brompton Campus





Dr Julia Kelly is a Clinical Research Physiotherapist at the Clinical and Academic Unit of Sleep and Breathing, NHLI, Royal Brompton Hospital, and Clinical Education Fellow at the Faculty of Medicine, Imperial College London. 

Julia graduated in 2000 with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy from the University of South Australia. She developed her clinical experience in the field of Cardiorespiratory Critical Care, going on to specialise in sleep, and respiratory support treating patients with sleep disordered breathing, including those with sleep apnoea and also respiratory failure patients requiring non-invasive ventilation.

Julia received her PhD from Imperial College London. Her thesis titled 'Autotitrating Non-invasive Ventilation (NIV) in patients with Hypercapnic Ventilatory Failure' investigated a new autotitrating mode of ventilation in patients with chronic respiratory failure during wakefulness and sleep, but specifically in the detection and treatment of acute exacerbations.

Her current role(s) sees her divide her time between clinical work, research and education.

Julia is currently project manager and Trial Sleep Therapist for a UK national, multicentre trial investigating the treatment of patients with mild sleep apnoea. The Merge Study

Her educational role is as Education Fellow in Curriculum and Assessment for  Imperial College School of Medicine. She is part of the team developing a modern online assessment management system that is aligned to the medical curriculum and student learning outcomes. Julia is also involved with MSc course development and teaching. MSc in Cardiovascular and Respiratory Healthcare

Julia is also an avid climber and mountaineer and has performed research work in Nepal investigating the medical emergencies in trekking Porters at altitude and the preparedness of foreign trekkers. She has a keen interest in breathing at altitude.



Kelly JL, Ben Messaoud R, Joyeux-Faure M, et al., 2022, Diagnosis of sleep apnoea using a mandibular monitor and machine learning analysis: one-night agreement compared to in-home polysomnography, Frontiers in Neuroscience, Vol:16, ISSN:1662-453X, Pages:1-10

Wimms AJ, Kelly JL, Turnbull CD, et al., 2020, Continuous positive airway pressure versus standard care for the treatment of people with mild obstructive sleep apnoea (MERGE): a multicentre, randomised controlled trial, The Lancet Respiratory Medicine, Vol:8, ISSN:2213-2600, Pages:349-358

Hopkinson NS, tanner, 2017, Redefining cut-points for high symptom burden of the global initiative for chronic obstructive lung disease classification in 18,577 patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, Journal of the American Medical Directors Association (jamda): Long-term Care: Management, Applied Research and Clinical Issues, Vol:18, ISSN:1525-8610, Pages:1097.e11-1097.e24

Lord VM, Hume VJ, Kelly JL, et al., 2014, Singing classes for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: a randomized controlled trial (vol 12, 69, 2012), Bmc Pulmonary Medicine, Vol:14, ISSN:1471-2466


Wimms A, Kelly JL, Calverley PM, et al., 2019, The MERGE Study: The Effect of Continuous Positive Airway Pressure on Energy and Vitality in Patients with Mild Obstructive Sleep Apnea, International Conference of the American-Thoracic-Society, AMER THORACIC SOC, ISSN:1073-449X

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