Professor Sebastian Johnston becomes Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences

Academy fellows are recognised for their exceptional contribution to and excellence in medical research. Fellowship of the academy acknowledges original discoveries and innovative application of scientific knowledge that brings about advances in human health and welfare.

Professor Sebastian Johnston

Sebastian Johnston is Professor of Respiratory Medicine and Allergy in the National Heart and Lung Institute. His pioneering work in respiratory infection has helped identify the mechanisms by which viruses exacerbate asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, through infecting the lower respiratory tract and causing inflammation. These discoveries have led to innovative therapeutic approaches, including the recent development of an inhaled medication to prevent and treat these virus-induced exacerbations of asthma. Professor Johnston is Director of the MRC and Asthma UK Centre in Allergic Mechanisms of Asthma at Imperial and King’s College London, and was editor of the prestigious journal Thorax for seven and half years until 2010.

Professor Sebastian Johnston said: "I am delighted and humbled to have been chosen to join such exalted company. It is a very great honour."

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