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Dr John Hurst
UCL Respiratory
Rayne Building
Tel: +44 (0) 203 108 7761
Fax: +44 (0) 207 472 6141
  • Reader in Respiratory Medicine
  • Respiratory Medicine
  • Div of Medicine
  • Faculty of Medical Sciences

I graduated from the University of Edinburgh Medical School in 1997 and was appointed Senior Lecturer in Respiratory Medicine at UCL, and Honorary Consultant at Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust in October 2007.  I was promoted to Reader in 2013.

I am COPD Lead for the Royal College of Physicians National Asthma and COPD Audit Programme.

I am on the Editorial Board of the AJRCCM and ERJ, and from 2019 will assume the Chief Editor position at the European Respiratory Monograph.


Research Summary

My primary research interest is in exacerbations of the airway diseases COPD and bronchiectasis, with a particular focus on infective, immune and inflammatory mechanisms, imaging, the role of biomarkers and the development of multimorbidity. My research in COPD extends to the consequences in adults of people born with lung disease of prematurity, and alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency.  My work has global reach, and I lead research across three diverse sites in Nepal, Peru and Uganda.

My clinical work based from the Royal Free includes specialist and community COPD clinics, the London Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Service, and clinics for bronchiectasis including a joint Respiratory-Immunology service for patients with Primary Immunodeficiency.

Teaching Summary

I teach on a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses at UCL.

My lab hosts BSc and PhD students.

Academic Background
2017 FHEA Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy – Education Higher Education Academy
2010 FRCP Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians – Medicine Royal College of Physicians
2006 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Medicine University of London
2000 MRCP Member of the Royal College of Physicians – Medicine Royal College of Physicians
1997 MB.ChB Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery – Medicine/Surgery University of Edinburgh
1995 BSc Hons Bachelor of Science (Honours) – Microbiology University of Edinburgh
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