Meet some of our world-class asthma researchers
Professor Sebastian Johnston
Professor Sebastian Johnston is the Director of the MRC-Asthma UK Centre in Allergic Mechanisms of Asthma, and Professor of Respiratory Medicine and Allergy and Asthma UK’s Clinical Chair, at Imperial College London.
Professor Johnston is studying why the common cold can bring on life-threatening asthma attacks. Professor Johnston and his team have been looking at ways we can stop viruses from triggering an asthma attack and whether there is the potential to create new treatments which can help people with asthma to live with a cold.
Professor Catherine Hawrylowicz
Professor Catherine Hawrylowicz is Deputy Director of the MRC-Asthma UK Centre in Allergic Mechanisms of Asthma and Professor of Immune Regulation in Allergic Diseases at King’s College London.
Professor Hawrylowicz is studying the possible benefits of Vitamin D for people with asthma. Along with her team she is examining how Vitamin D can help people whose asthma is resistant to steroids. She wants to see if a course of Vitamin D could help to alter the way that the immune system responds in the lungs of some people with severe asthma, making them more likely to gain benefit from steroid treatments for their asthma.
Professor Aziz Sheikh
Professor Aziz Sheikh is the Director of the Asthma UK Centre for Applied Research and Professor of Primary Care Research and Development at the University of Edinburgh. In 2014 he was awarded an OBE for services to medicine.
Professor Sheikh is currently involved in the creation of a UK Asthma Observatory, one of the key areas of work within the Asthma UK Centre for Applied Research.
The UK Asthma Observatory will analyse asthma data from across the UK to look at the quality of care given to people with asthma. This will help to inform decision making about the type and location of services needed by people with asthma. The data will also be made available for other researchers to use in their research projects.
Professor Chris Griffiths
Professor Chris Griffiths is the co-Director of the Asthma UK Centre for Applied Research, and a member of the MRC-Asthma UK Centre in Allergic Mechanisms of Asthma. Professor Griffiths is a GP and Professor of Primary Care at Queen Mary University of London.
Professor Griffiths is currently collaborating with Professor Catherine Hawrylowicz on looking at the effects of Vitamin D on people with asthma. Another area of his research is looking at ways electronic alerts can help doctors to know if someone has good asthma control or not.
Many of the world’s leading asthma researchers are working in our two research centres right now.