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Research project

RECUR programme

Project overview

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) has funded the RECUR Programme to develop and test interventions to find out if they can reduce the frequency, severity and duration of respiratory infections (such as colds, sore throats, sinus, chest or ear infections, flu and COVID-19). We have developed a website called Immune Defence which will help us to see if using nasal sprays, or getting more physically active and reducing stress, can help people get fewer of these types of infections. We have involved both a range of patients and patient representatives as collaborators in the design of our study to help ensure the interventions are relevant and appropriate to patients.



Lead researcher

Professor Paul Little

Professor in Primary Care Research
Other researchers

Professor Lucy Yardley OBE

Professorial Fellow-Research

Dr Adam Geraghty BSc MSc PhD CPsychol FHEA

Assoc Prof Psychology & Behavioural Med

Research interests

  • Self-management of pain and other chronic symptoms/conditions
  • Mental health
  • Digital interventions for primary care and public health

Dr Ben Ainsworth

Associate Professor

Professor Gareth Griffiths

Director Clinical Trials Unit

Collaborating research institutes, centres and groups

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