Beatriz Lara

Degree in Medicine. Universidad Complutense, Madrid (Spain), 1996
Respiratory Medicine specialist. Hospital Universitari Vall d’Hebron, Barcelona (Spain), 2001
PhD Medicine. Universitat de Lleida (spain), 2014

I’ve been working as a respiratory consultant since 2001 in different hospitals in Spain until I moved to UK in 2014. I joined Exeter Respiratory Department team for one year in 2014 and since 2015 I’ve been working in Coventry University Hospital.

My areas of interest are chronic airways diseases and rare respiratory diseases, mainly COPD, bronchiectasis, alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency and sarcoidosis. My clinics in UHCW are mainly devoted to patients with these conditions.

Despite most of my activity is clinical, I’ve been always involved in research. I have published more than 30 papers, most of them related with alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency and other rare diseases and I’ve been involved in different research projects, grants and clinical trials.

I was a member of the Spanish Registry of patients with alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency as database and website manager since 2001 until my arrival to UK. I also participated in the design and development of other rare diseases registries in Spain.

I have been collaborating with AIR (International Alpha-1 antitrypsin registry).

In 2012, I was the coordinator of the Respiratory Rare Diseases Year, national programme launched by Spanish Society of Chest Physicians (SEPAR). This plan included different activities of awareness in media but also educational activities and material for health professionals and patients and several symposiums about rare diseases. This project gave me the opportunity to work very closely with patients support groups and associations as Spain Alpha-1, LAM patient’s association among others.

Currently, I’m involved in EARCO (European Alpha-1 antitrypsin Registry supported by ERS) and I participate in EMBARC (European registry of bronchiectasis), BTS sarcoidosis and IPF registries.