Imperial College London

Professor Peter Barnes, FRS

Faculty of MedicineNational Heart & Lung Institute

Senior Research Investigator



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Peter Barnes is a Senior Research Investigator at the National Heart and Lung Institute and Honorary Consultant Physician at Royal Brompton Hospital, London.

He qualified at Cambridge and Oxford Universities (first class honours) and was appointed to his present post in 1987. He has published over 1000 peer-review papers on asthma, COPD and related topics and has edited over 40 books (h-index = 153). He is also amongst the top 50 most highly cited researchers in the world and has been the most highly cited clinical scientist in the UK and the most highly cited respiratory researcher in the world over the last 20 years. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2007, the first respiratory researcher for over 150 years. He has been a member of the Scientific Committee of global guidelines on asthma (GINA) and COPD (GOLD). He also serves on the Editorial Board of over 30 journals and is currently an Associate Editor of Chest, Journal of COPD Foundation, Respiratory Editor of PLoS Medicine and Editor in Chief of Up-to-Date Pulmonary Diseases. He has given several prestigious lectures, including the Amberson Lecture at the American Thoracic Society, the Sadoul Lecture at the European Respiratory Society and the Croonian Lecture at the Royal College of Physicians. He has received honorary MD degrees from the Universities of Ferrara (Italy), Athens (Greece), Tampere (Finland) and Leuven (Belgium). He is an  Emeritus NIHR Senior Investigator,a Master Fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians and a member of the Academia Europaea. He was President of the European Respiratory Society 2013/14. He co-founded an Imperial spin-out company RespiVert, which was acquired by Johnson & Johnson and has developed novel inhaled treatments for COPD and severe asthma.

His research is focused on cellular and molecular mechanisms of asthma and COPD, understanding and developing therapies and research into biomarkers for these diseases. He is involved in multidisciplinary translational research which integrates basic science with clinical studies, thereby providing novel insights into common airway diseases.

COPD research at Imperial

research, medicine, cardiovascular, heart, disease, copd



Barnes PJ, 2022, Chemokine receptor CCR1: new target for asthma therapy., Trends Pharmacol Sci, Vol:43, Pages:539-541

Barnes PJ, Baker J, Donnelly LE, 2022, Autophagy in asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, Clinical Science, Vol:136, ISSN:0143-5221, Pages:733-746


Baker JR, Fenwick PS, Koss CK, et al., 2022, Inhibition of the IL-36 Receptor Reduces Viral Induced Cross-Talk Between Small Airway Epithelial Cells and Fibroblast in COPD, AMER THORACIC SOC, ISSN:1073-449X

Fenwick P, Baker JR, Koss CK, et al., 2022, TRPV4 Identifies Phagocytic Macrophages and May Promote Phagocytosis in Both Healthy and COPD Cells, AMER THORACIC SOC, ISSN:1073-449X

Devulder J, Baker JR, Odqvist L, et al., 2022, Transfer of microRNA Through Extracellular Vesicles Propagate Airway Epithelial Cells Senescence in COPD, AMER THORACIC SOC, ISSN:1073-449X

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