Who we are

The Centre was formed in October 2005 as a partnership between the MRC, Asthma UK, Imperial College and King's College London, as well the NHS Trusts of the two universities. The Centre’s capability in translational research has been further enhanced by forming a partnership with Queen Mary’s University. This link provides a wealth of experience in researching asthma in the primary care community and access to a network of General Practices and their patients in the East End of London.

The Centre has provided a very stimulating training environment for its postgraduate community and junior postdoctoral scientists. There is a great demand for the Centre’s training posts and the quality of the postgraduate students has risen very strikingly; 92% of our students achieved a distinction or merit in the MSc/MRes Immunology degree part of their 4-year PhD course.

The Centre’s key research themes are:

  • Underlying mechanisms of asthma
  • Environment, risk factors, and triggers of asthma attacks
  • Improving treatment options
  • Primary prevention of asthma

The Centre offers a group of highly motivated and internationally competitive scientists opportunities for interactions and complementation of skills, while still preserving scientific independence. Considerable added value comes from the multidisciplinary nature of the team that is addressing a complex problem from gene to the community and from womb to adulthood.

The clinical/basic-science interface has been one of the keys to its success, providing improved opportunities for new ideas to arise and for discoveries to be fully exploited for the benefit of health care.