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Prof John Hurst
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UCL Respiratory
Rayne Building
London
WC1E 6JF
Tel: +44 (0) 203 108 7761
Fax: +44 (0) 207 472 6141
Appointment
  • Professor of Respiratory Medicine
  • Respiratory Medicine
  • Div of Medicine
  • Faculty of Medical Sciences
Role
UCL Principal Supervisor
Biography

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.


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




 

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 will see 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.


Teaching Summary

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


2019 was a successful year with the award of three PhDs from my group - congratulations to Dr Ahmed Al Rajeh, Dr Yousef Aldabayan, and Dr Kin Quan.


My lab hosts BSc and PhD students and I am always happy to discuss opportunities to join our team.

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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