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Dr Daniella Spiteri Cornish

PositionBiosciences Lecturer
LocationHorton A Room 2.12
DepartmentSchool of Nursing & Healthcare Leadership
Telephone+44 (0) 1274 236309

Research Interests (key words only)

Translational medicine/science, respiratory medicine, paediatric medicine, Cochrane reviews, systematic literature reviews.

Teaching and Supervisory Responsibilities

Since joining the Faculty I am responsible for teaching biomedical subjects, especially respiratory related subjects as well as anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology on various undergraduate and post graduate programmes.

I am co-module leader for the Foundations of Nursing Practice module. I am personal academic tutor to nurses and other health professionals on both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes and support students undertaking MSc (Level 7) projects.

Administrative Responsibilities

I am co-module leader for the Foundations of Nursing Practice Module. Since joining the department I have contributed in the development of anatomy/physiology/pathophysiology modules and content with particular interest in TBL sessions.


Before branching off into a more academic role, I graduated as a medical physician and held training appointments in paediatrics and child health in various hospitals both in the UK and abroad.

In 2010 I was awarded the ARCHIE Foundation PhD scholarship and worked within a respiratory group Aberdeen, in order to devise a methodology using primary nasal epithelial cells as surrogates of the bronchial epithelial cells in both children and adult with/without COPD and asthma. Besides working on my particular project I also contributed and collaborated on other ongoing respiratory projects within the same respiratory department, attended/presented at conferences and published in peer reviewed articles.

I am currently working with the Endocrine department in Sheffield on a project looking at adrenal insufficiency in patients on oral corticosteroid medication.

Study History

  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) (Medicine) in Child Health - 2017 - University of Aberdeen, UK
  • Masters of Science (MSc) in Paediatrics and Child Health - 2014 - Cardiff University, UK
  • Doctor of Medicine and Surgery (M.D.) 2004 - University of Malta - Malta Medical School, Malta

Professional History

  • 2004 - 2007 Medical doctor in various medical and surgical specialties, St. Luke's Hospital, Malta
  • January - July 2007 Senior medical doctor adult A&E, St. Luke's Hospital, Malta
  • July 2007 - July 2008 Senior medical doctor paediatric medicine & neonatology, Mater Dei Hospital, Malta
  • July 2008 - January 2009 Senior medical doctor paediatric neonatal intensive care, Yorkhill Hospital, NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde, UK
  • January 2009 - July 2009 Senior medical doctor general paediatric medicine and psychiatry, Yorkhill Hospital, NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde, UK
  • July 2009 - September 2010 Senior medical doctor in paediatrics and neonatology, Raigmore Hospital, Inverness, NHS Highland UK.

Professional Activities

  • Fully registered medical physician: Malta Medical Council, Ministry of Health, Malta EU
  • Peer Reviewer: British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology

Current Projects

Collaborating with the Endocrine Department in Sheffield on the SCAIT (Salivary Cortisone Adrenal Insufficiency Test) project.


McInnes N, Davidson M, Scaife A, Miller D, Spiteri D, Engelhardt T, Semple S, Devereux G, Walsh G, Turner S. Primary Paediatric Bronchial Airway Epithelial Cell in Vitro Responses to Environmental Exposures. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2016 Mar 24;13(4)

Miller DR, Turner SW, Spiteri-Cornish D, Scaife AR, Danielian PJ, Devereux GS, Walsh GM. Maternal vitamin D and E intakes during early pregnancy are associated with airway epithelial cell responses in neonates. Clin Exp Allergy. 2015 May;45(5):920-7.

Scaife A, Miller D, Spiteri-Cornish D, Turner SW, Devereux GS, Walsh GM. Inhibitory effects of Montelukast on mediator release by nasal epithelial cells from asthmatic subjects with or without allergic rhinitis. Respir Med. 2013 Dec;107(12):1859-65

Miller D, Turner SW, Spiteri-Cornish D, McInnes N, Scaife A, Danielian PJ, Devereux G, Walsh GM. Culture of airway epithelial cells from neonates sampled within 48-hours of birth. PLoS One. 2013 Nov 4;8(11): e78321.

Pringle, EJ; Richardson, HB.; Miller, D.; Spiteri Cornish, D.; Devereux, GS.; Walsh, GM. et al. Nasal and bronchial airway epithelial cell mediator release in children. Pediatr Pulmonol 2012, 47,12, 1215-25.

Cornish KS, Cornish DS, Vella M. An unusual case of paediatric painless ophthalmoplegia. Semin Ophthalmol. 2011 Mar;26(2):47-9

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