Imperial College London

Professor Peter GJ Burney MA MD FRCP FFPHM FMedSci

Faculty of MedicineNational Heart & Lung Institute

Emeritus Professor of Respiratory Epidemiology



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Peter Burney is Professor of Respiratory Epidemiology and Public Health at the National Heart and Lung Institute, and Honorary Consultant Physician at Royal Brompton Hospital, London.

After a first degree in modern history at Oxford University he trained in medicine at the Middlesex Hospital Medical School, later training in public health with Professor Holland at St Thomas’ Hospital Medical School. He held posts as Lecturer, Senior Lecturer and Reader at the United Medical and Dental Schools of Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals and spent a year as a visiting associate professor in the department of epidemiology at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health in Baltimore. In 1995 he was appointed to the Chair in Public Health Medicine at UMDS subsequently becoming head of the Division of Public Health and Primary Care at King’s College following the merger. In the same year he also became director of the Department of Health funded Social Medicine and Health Services Research Unit. In 2006 he moved to the National Heart Lung Institute as Professor of Respiratory Epidemiology and Public Health.

The research of the Unit focuses on the epidemiology of respiratory and allergic diseases including asthma, food allergy and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. It undertakes policy relevant research to assess the main factors influencing the onset and exacerbation and outcome from disease. Much of the work is carried out in multi-centre collaborations, predominantly in Europe. The Unit has led the European Community Respiratory Health Survey since its inception in 1988 and this has produced over 200 papers and its results have been used extensively in reviews of asthma policy. Other international studies include the Europrevall study on food allergy and the BOLD project on chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Professor Burney is also the vice-chairman of the GA2LEN network of excellence on allergy and asthma and the co-chair of its research committee and co-chair of the Global Burden of Disease sub-group on chronic respiratory disease.



Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Lozano R, Naghavi M, Foreman K, et al., 2013, Global and regional mortality from 235 causes of death for 20 age groups in 1990 and 2010: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2010 (vol 380, pg 2095, 2012), The Lancet, Vol:381, ISSN:0140-6736, Pages:628-628

Burney PGJ, Hooper RL, 2012, The use of ethnically specific norms for ventilatory function in African-American and white populations, International Journal of Epidemiology, Vol:41, ISSN:0300-5771, Pages:782-790

Jarvis D, Newson R, Lotvall J, et al., 2012, Asthma in adults and its association with chronic rhinosinusitis: The GA2LEN survey in Europe, Allergy, Vol:67, ISSN:0105-4538, Pages:91-98

Hastan D, Fokkens WJ, Bachert C, et al., 2011, Chronic rhinosinusitis in Europe - an underestimated disease. A GA<SUP>2</SUP>LEN study, Allergy, Vol:66, ISSN:0105-4538, Pages:1216-1223

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