Imperial College London

Professor Sir Peter Barnes, FRS, FMedSci

Faculty of MedicineNational Heart & Lung Institute

Senior Research Investigator



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Peter Barnes is a Senior Research Investigator and Professor of Thoracic Medicine at the National Heart and Lung Institute.

He qualified at Cambridge and Oxford Universities (first class honours) and was appointed to his present post in 1987. He has published over 1500 peer-review papers on asthma, COPD and related topics with >150.000 citations and has edited over 50 books (h-index>200). He is also amongst the top 50 most highly cited researchers in the world and has been 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 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 (Master FCCP) and a member of the Academia Europaea (MAE). 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.

He was knighted in the 2023 King's Birthday Honours for "services to respiratory medicine".

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.He is currently working on accelerated lung ageing and cellular senescence as a mechanisms of COPD.

COPD research at Imperial

research, medicine, cardiovascular, heart, disease, copd



Cass SP, Nicolau DV, Baker JR, et al., 2024, Coordinated nasal mucosa-mediated immunity accelerates recovery from COVID-19., Erj Open Res, Vol:10, ISSN:2312-0541

Maneechotesuwan K, Prapruetkit N, Chankham J, et al., 2024, Paradoxical eosinophilic and cytokine responses to oral corticosteroid treatment in patients with asthma exacerbations., J Allergy Clin Immunol Glob, Vol:3

Jia M, Fu H, Jiang X, et al., 2024, DEL-1, as an anti-neutrophil transepithelial migration molecule, inhibits airway neutrophilic inflammation in asthma., Allergy, Vol:79, Pages:1180-1194

Wrench CL, Baker JR, Monkley S, et al., 2024, Small airway fibroblasts from patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease exhibit cellular senescence., Am J Physiol Lung Cell Mol Physiol, Vol:326, Pages:L266-L279

Levy ML, Beasley R, Bostock B, et al., 2024, A simple and effective evidence-based approach to asthma management: ICS-formoterol reliever therapy., Br J Gen Pract, Vol:74, Pages:86-89

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