Institute of Cellular Medicine

Staff Profile

Dr Benjamin Pippard

Clinical Research Associate



I initially studied Psychology in Birmingham before moving to Newcastle in 2007 to begin medical training. 

Following graduation in 2011, I completed my Foundation and Core Medical training in the North East (Northern Deanery), developing an interest in Respiratory Medicine.

I worked for one year as a Clinical Teaching Fellow within the Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, prior to starting my current role as a Clinical Research Associate at Newcastle University.


BSc (Hons) in Psychology

MRes in Cognitive Neuropsychology and Rehabilitation



PGCert MedEd

Professional Memberships

Royal College of Physicians (London)

British Thoracic Society

European Respiratory Society

Medical Protection Society

General Medical Council


LIFT - Lung magnetic resonance Imaging with Fluorocarbon Tracer gases

My research focus is the clinical application of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) to quantify lung ventilation properties in patients with respiratory disease, using perfluoropropane as an inhaled tracer gas.

This is a multi-site study (Newcastle and Sheffield) funded by the Medical Research Council.

My PhD supervisors for this project are Dr Pete Thelwall (William Leech Reader in MR Physics) and Prof John Simpson (Dean of Translational Research and Professor of Respiratory Medicine).


I have a keen interest in teaching at both undergraduate (medical students) and postgraduate levels (e.g. MRCP PACES candidates).

I was previously employed as a Clinical Teaching Fellow by Newcastle upon Tyne NHS Foundation Trust (2015-2016), during which time I organised and delivered a variety of teaching sessions throughout all stages of the undergraduate curriculum. I have frequently acted as an examiner for medical student assessments.

I completed the postgraduate Certificate in Medical Education at Newcastle University in 2016 (with Merit).