ERS Gold Medal in Asthma

Presented to: Sebastian Johnston Financially supported by AstraZeneca

The ERS Gold Medal in Asthma offers a €50,000 research grant to the recipient and recognises a researcher who has made an outstanding contribution in the field of asthma and who is currently pursuing an active research project in asthma.

Sebastian Johnston

Sebastian Johnston is Professor of Respiratory Medicine & Allergy at the National Heart and Lung Institute (NHLI), Imperial College London, and Honorary Consultant Physician in Respiratory Medicine & Allergy at St Mary’s Hospital, Imperial Healthcare NHS Trust, London.

He is Head of Airway Disease at NHLI, Director of the Asthma UK Centre in Allergic Mechanisms of Asthma and is the Clinical Academic Training Lead for Respiratory Medicine at Imperial College and Imperial Healthcare NHS Trust.

He is an NIHR Emeritus Senior Investigator and is the Asthma UK Clinical Professor. He held a European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Investigator Grant from 2008-2013, and he recently won his second ERC Advanced Investigator Grant. He is a Fellow of the ERS.

Notable discoveries that have emerged from his work include establishing the viral aetiology of the vast majority of asthma exacerbations, discovering novel mechanisms of susceptibility to virus infection in asthma, and developing novel and effective treatment approaches for acute exacerbations of asthma.

His work has led to the publishing of 10 patents, the licensing of these patents to industry, and to completion of Phase I and II clinical studies on the use of IFN-beta for treatment of acute exacerbations of asthma.

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