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Prof John Hurst
UCL Respiratory
Rayne Building
Tel: +44 (0) 203 108 7761
Fax: +44 (0) 207 472 6141
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  • 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 Senior Clinical 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.

I recently stood down as chair of the Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases (GACD) Multi-Morbidity Working Group.

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.

The primary research interest of my research group is 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. Our research in COPD extends to the consequences in adults of people born with lung disease of prematurity, and alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency.  Our work has global reach, and we conduct 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 our work in my 2019 Inaugural Lecture: https://mediacentral.ucl.ac.uk/Play/17899

Our highest impact paper in 2019 used machine learning to examine patterns of disease progression in COPD and you can read more about that here: https://iris.ucl.ac.uk/iris/publication/1714878/1.

2020 saw completion of our global GECo studies (@COPDGECo), examining new strategies for case-finding, and supporting COPD self-management across three low- and middle-income country settings.  We hope to have the first papers out soon.

The 2020-2021 coronavirus pandemic has forced us to find new ways of working and conducting research.  I spent more time delivering clinical care, but our group remains active and productive.  COPD will be just as important tomorrow as it was yesterday!

Teaching Summary

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

Congratulations to recent PhD students:

2018 Dr Felix Bragman

2019 Dr Ahmed Al Rajeh, Dr Yousef Aldabayan and Dr Kin Quan.  

2020 Dr Abdulelah Aldhahir.

2021 Dr Sylvia Rofael, Dr Sophie Tisi and Dr Jaber Alqahtani.

My lab hosts BSc and PhD students and I am always happy to discuss opportunities to join our team.  We welcomed two new PhD students during 2020.

Academic Background
2017   Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy Higher Education Academy
2010   Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians Royal College of Physicians
2006   Doctor of Philosophy University of London
2000   Member of the Royal College of Physicians Royal College of Physicians
1997   Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery University of Edinburgh
1995   Bachelor of Science (Honours) University of Edinburgh
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