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Welcome to the RELOAD Study website.

RELOAD: RE spiratory disease progression through LO ngitudinal A udio D ata machine learning

You are being invited to participate in the RELOAD study. This study aims to explore whether sounds, such as breathing, speaking and coughing, can be used to predict whether someone with cough caused by infection is likely to get better or worse. The study is being run by researchers at the University of Southampton and the University of Cambridge, and is sponsored by the University of Southampton.

Who are we looking for:

We are looking for adults (aged 18 or over) to take part in the study. We need both people who do not currently have a cough, and those who do.

To take part, you need to have a mobile device that is capable of recording sounds and is able to run our app (called Breath Tracker), and to be willing to provide us with some information about you and your health, and some recordings of breathing, speaking and coughing.

More information:

If you are interested in finding out more about the study, please download our participant information sheet , which should give you the information you need to decide whether you would like to take part of not.

How do I take part?

The RELOAD study app is called ‘Breath Tracker’. If you would like to take part, please click on the App Store or Google Play links below.

You can also access the participant information sheet through the app, and if you decide to take part it will ask you to complete a consent form. Once you have completed the consent form the app will guide you through completing the questionnaires and sound recordings for the study.


UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)


02/10/2023 to 31/3/2025

GDPR Statement:

The University of Southampton is the sponsor for this study based in the United Kingdom. We will be using information from you in order to undertake this study and will act as the data controller for this study. This means that we are responsible for looking after your information and using it properly. The University of Southampton will keep identifiable information about you for 10 years after the study has finished.

Your rights to access, change or move your information are limited, as we need to manage your information in specific ways in order for the research to be reliable and accurate. If you withdraw from the study, we will keep the information about you that we have already obtained. To safeguard your rights, we will use the minimum personally-identifiable information possible.

You can find out more about how we use your information:

Study team

Professor Cecilia Mascolo

Professor Anna Barney

Professor Nick Francis

Professor Pietro Cicuta

Mr Georgios Rizos

Ms Yuwei Zhang

Ms Joanne Lloyd

Ms Jackie Seely

Trial Manager: Jackie Seely


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