I am a pediatric respirologist with an interest in clinical research. I am particularly interested in studying rare diseases of the lungs and airways in children, and investigating patterns and determinants of these diseases within our population (epidemiology). Epidemiological research helps us to understand how many children have a specific disease and whether this number is changing over time, which can be used to shape health policy and ensure that affected children receive the care that they need.

I am currently the lead investigator of the British Paediatric Surveillance Unit national surveillance study of Pierre Robin sequence (PRS), a condition which can cause upper airway obstruction in early infancy. This study is investigating the number of babies born each year with PRS in the United Kingdom and Ireland, the types of breathing support that affected children need, and their health related outcomes at 1 year of age.

My other areas of research interest include the long-term respiratory health of children after organ transplantation and the use of continuous glucose monitoring devices for the diagnosis of cystic fibrosis related diabetes.


Acute Infections That Produce Upper Airway Obstruction
Kendig's Disorders of the Respiratory Tract in Children
Balfour-Lynn, I.M. and Wright, M.
DOI: 10.1016/B978-0-323-44887-1.00023-7

Case of paediatric neuromuscular disease with a surprising clinical outcome: Time to challenge the dogma?
Wright, M. and Manzur, A. and Bush, A.
DOI: 10.1136/thoraxjnl-2017-211058

Epidemiology of Robin sequence with cleft palate in the East of Scotland between 2004 and 2013
Pediatric Pulmonology
Wright, M. and Mehendale, F. and Urquhart, D.S.
DOI: 10.1002/ppul.24038

Habit-tic cough: Presentation and outcome with simple reassurance
Pediatric Pulmonology
Wright, M.F.A. and Balfour-Lynn, I.M.
DOI: 10.1002/ppul.23948

Hypersensitivity reactions to intravenous antibiotics in cystic fibrosis
Paediatric Respiratory Reviews
Wright, M.F.A. and Bush, A. and Carr, S.B.
DOI: 10.1016/j.prrv.2018.01.003

Investigation and management of the long-term ventilated premature infant
Early Human Development
Wright, M.F.A. and Wallis, C.
DOI: 10.1016/j.earlhumdev.2018.08.015

Quantifying fluctuation in glucose levels to identify early changes in glucose homeostasis in cystic fibrosis
Journal of Cystic Fibrosis
Brugha, R. and Wright, M. and Nolan, S. and Bridges, N. and Carr, S.B.
DOI: 10.1016/j.jcf.2017.12.004

Paediatric femoral hernia - The diagnostic challenge
International Journal of Surgery
Wright, M.F.A. and Scollay, J.M. and McCabe, A.J. and Munro, F.D.
DOI: 10.1016/j.ijsu.2011.05.004

Conservative and Surgical Modalities in the Management of Pediatric Parapneumonic Effusion and Empyema
Clara Fernandez Elviro and Bryn Longcroft-Harris and Emily Allin and Leire Leache and Kellan Woo and Jeffrey N. Bone and Colleen Pawliuk and Jalal Tarabishi and Matthew Carwana and Marie Wright and Nassr Nama and Roshan A. Ananda and Priyadharshini Ramakrishnan and Tala J. Alhejazi and Alyssa Chen and Amin Sharifan and Mohamed M. Shawqi
DOI: 10.1016/j.chest.2023.06.010

Epidemiology of Robin sequence in the UK and Ireland: an active surveillance study
Archives of Disease in Childhood
Marie FA Wright and Rachel L Knowles and Mario Cortina-Borja and Sheila Javadpour and Felicity V Mehendale and Donald S Urquhart
DOI: 10.1136/archdischild-2023-325556

Long-term respiratory outcomes following solid organ transplantation in children: A retrospective cohort study
Pediatric Pulmonology
M. F. A. Wright and T. Blydt-Hansen and M. A. Chilvers
DOI: 10.1002/ppul.25968

Long term respiratory outcomes following solid organ transplantation in children: a retrospective cohort study.
Marie Wright and Mark Chilvers and Tom Blydt-Hansen
DOI: 10.22541/au.163255287.73643413/v1


National surveillance study of Pierre Robin sequence in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland
A prospective population-based study investigating the birth prevalence of PRS across the UK, the prevalence and management of upper airway obstruction in affected infants, and their long-term outcomes in terms of upper airway obstruction, growth and neurodevelopment.

Long-term respiratory outcomes following childhood solid organ transplantation
A retrospective review of respiratory morbidity following heart, liver and kidney transplant in children followed by the BC Children's Hospital multi-organ transplant team.


Sir Peter Tizard Research Bursary (Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, UK) national award recipient (2014)

Honours & Awards

British Paediatric Respiratory Society travel award (2016)

Rare Diseases Foundation micro-grant award (2015)

European Respiratory Society award for best abstract in the field of Paediatric Respiratory Epidemiology (2014)

Research Group Members

Ellie Kalutycz, FLEX Research Trainee
Kudrat Mundi, Flex Summer Research Student
Charuta Saha, FLEX Research Trainee