Professor Anita Simonds is a Consultant in Respiratory Medicine with a research and clinical interest in sleep disordered breathing, and acute and chronic respiratory failure in adults and children. She has investigated the physiological basis of breathing difficulties during sleep and carried out trials of non-invasive ventilation in a range of conditions.

Research projects have demonstrated that non-invasive ventilation extends survival in restrictive chest wall and neuromuscular conditions, especially Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Professor Simonds’ team have performed randomised controlled trials of the timing of initiation of non-invasive ventilation, and of a variety of ventilatory modes. This work has contributed to numerous clinical guidelines and standards of care.

Having demonstrated that sleep disordered breathing is common in heart failure patients, the sleep research team are now exploring the effects of nocturnal adaptive servo-ventilation on survival and cardiac outcomes as part of a European multicentre trial jointly with Professor Martin Cowle. Professor Simonds has been awarded the Margaret Pfrommer medal for clinical and research contribution to Long Term Mechanical Ventilation, by American College of Chest Physicians. The Margaret Pfrommer memorial lecture was published in Chest in 2006.

She is also a supporter of the Royal Brompton Arts Charity, bringing music and visual arts to patients with respiratory failure.