Associate Professor Lucy Burr

Assoc Profess & Dep Head of School

Medical School (Office & AME)
Faculty of Medicine

ATH - Associate Professor

Mater Research Institute-UQ
Faculty of Medicine

Overview

A/Prof Lucy Burr is an experienced respiratory physician, training supervisor and clinical trials researcher at Mater Health and Mater Research – University of Queensland (UQ). She has a PhD (2017) in bronchiectasis microbiology and is an Associate Professor at the School of Medicine, UQ. She is the Director of Respiratory, Sleep and Cystic Fibrosis medicine at the Mater Hospital, Brisbane.

As well as directing the respiratory clinical service at the Mater, Lucy has an active role in teaching both specialist trainees and medical students. She is a RACP college supervisor and trains one advanced trainee and four basic trainees per year. She is a mentor to two medical students per year through the UQ personal advisor network, and directly supervises four medical students in her clinical team per year. She leads education sessions for medical students on respiratory and sleep conditions. Lucy is also currently supervising 3 PhD students, researching diverse fields such as glucose control in cystic fibrosis and the effect of sleep on social cognition.

Lucy is recognised nationally for her clinical work on respiratory infections. She is the chair of the Acute and Critical Care panel for the National COVID-19 clinical evidence taskforce and a member of the guideline leadership group. Additionally, she is the recent chair (2020-2022) of the expert reference group on COVID-19 for the Royal Australasian College of Physicians. She is a recent (2019- 2021) convenor of the respiratory infectious disease special interest group of the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand, the Queensland TSANZ branch president and past president (2017-2020), a recent board director of the TSANZ national body and a core member of the Australian Bronchiectasis Consortium and the Australian CF Centre Director group. Lucy also chairs the scientific sub-committee of the Australian bronchiectasis registry and is currently serving on the TSANZ conference steering committee. She is recognised internationally for her work on Cystic Fibrosis (top 1.8% expertscape April 2023) and Bronchiectasis (top 2.2% expertscape April 2023) and has published in high impact clinical journals including the New England Journal of Medicine and the Lancet Respiratory Medicine, across a range of respiratory and infectious disease subjects, with >1000 citations in the past 5 years.

In addition to her clinical work, Lucy is the custodian and manager of the David Serisier Research biobank at Mater Research, a clinical repository of human samples from patients living with respiratory diseases. Lucy is also an experienced principal investigator on many pharmaceutical studies ranging from phase 1b to phase 4 studies investigating therapeutics for CF, IPF, COPD, pulmonary hypertension and bronchiectasis. She has designed and lead non-pharmaceutical interventional studies investigating the role of macrolide in modulating inflammation in healthy adults. She is the group leader of the respiratory clinical trials unit at Mater Research, and the program lead for the chronic and integrated care program at Mater Research.

Lucy has a proven track record in collaborative and translational research. In 2020/21 she has established specific collaborative SARS-CoV-2 projects with COVID-19 researchers, enabling the sharing of clinical samples to advance basic research in the treatment of COVID-19. She is currently a consultant on 2 peer reviewed external grants totalling $1,306,000, including one involving biobanked samples, and is a chief investigator on a 2021 Ideas grant and a 2021 MRFF grant totalling more than $3 million dollars.

Qualifications

  • Fellow of the RACP, RACP
  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland

Publications

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Supervision

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Publications

Journal Article

Conference Publication

Other Outputs

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor