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

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

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

I am Chief Editor of the European Respiratory Monograph, and on the Editorial Board of the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine and the European Respiratory Journal.


Research Summary

The VISION of my research group is Better Respiratory Health.

Our MISSION is working collaboratively to improve global respiratory health through excellence in research and education.

Our VALUES are collaboration; excellence; equality; perseverance.

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 multi-morbidity. 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 Deficiency Service, and clinics for bronchiectasis including a joint Respiratory-Immunology service for patients with Primary Immunodeficiency.

You can hear a bit more about my background and work in my 2019 Inaugural Lecture: https://mediacentral.ucl.ac.uk/Play/17899

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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