Asthma UK Centre for Applied Research


We are committed to open and transparent governance of the work in the Centre. We have a Centre Management Committee and an International Advisory Board.

Asthma UK Centre for Applied Research – International Advisory Board

The International Advisory Board is a multi-disciplinary panel of leading asthma and primary care researchers that provide strategic advice and oversight to ensure the Centre is appropriately managed and remains cognisant of key developments in applied asthma research internationally.

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Professor Fernando Martinez


Dr Fernando D. Martinez is a Regents’ Professor and Director of the Asthma & Airway Disease Research Center at the University of Arizona in Tucson.

His primary research interests are the natural history, genetics, and treatment of childhood asthma; his work has impacted the development of the concept of the early origins of asthma and COPD.  In addition, Dr Martinez has contributed to understanding of the role of gene-environment interactions in the development of asthma and allergies. He has been the principal investigator of a Clinical Center that is part of the NHLBI Asthma Treatment Networks.

Dr Martinez serves on the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child, and was a member of the National Asthma Education and Prevention Program that was responsible for the development of the Expert Panel Report: Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma in 1997 and its first revision in 2001. He has been a member of the FDA Pulmonary-Allergy Drugs Advisory Committee and the Board of Extramural Advisors of the NHLBI.

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Professor Erika von Mutius


Professor of Pediatrics at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet and Head of the Asthma and Allergy Department of the Dr. von Hauner Children’s Hospital of the University of Munich.

Erika is Head of the Institute for Asthma and Allergy Prevention at Helmholtz Zentrum Munich. She is also Director of the Munich site of the Comprehensive Pneumology Centre Munich (CMC-P) and Coordinator of Disease Area (Asthma & Allergy) both within the German Centre for Lung Research (DZL).

Her research interests have been focused on the epidemiology of paediatric respiratory and allergic diseases, in particular the role of genetic and environmental, particularly microbial factors, for the development of asthma and allergic diseases.

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Professor Paul Little


Professor of Primary Care Research at the University of Southampton.

His main research areas of interest are: health promotion and the management of common self-limiting illnesses. These topics link evidence about effectiveness with the effect of management of patient beliefs and behaviour, better understanding the importance of the patient centred approach to the consultation.

Professor Little has been awarded the Maurice Wood Award for Lifetime Contribution to Primary Care Research by the North American Primary Care Research Group (NAPCRG) and the Discovery prize by the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP).

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Professor Stan Szefler


Professor Szefler is Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and the Director of the Pediatric Asthma Research Program and Research Medical Director for the Breathing Institute and the Section of Pediatric Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine at Children’s Hospital Colorado. He is also the Interim Medical Director of the Research Institute at Children’s Hospital Colorado.

Professor Szefler’s major contributions are directed toward the individualized use of asthma therapy. He is currently the Co-Principal Investigator for the Denver site of the NHLBI PrecISE Network that is evaluating precision medicine for severe and exacerbation-prone asthma. For the past fifteen years, he has directed a school-centered asthma program (AsthmaCOMP) funded by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Cancer, Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Disease Program. He is also the Co-Principal Investigator for the Colorado site of the NHLBI DECIPHeR Alliance that is focused on reducing asthma risk in children with health disparities in the State of Colorado.

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Professor Carlos Camargo


Professor of Emergency Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Professor of Epidemiology at Harvard School of Public Health.

His research interests include respiratory/allergy diseases (e.g. asthma, food allergy), effects of Vitamin D supplementation in respiratory/allergic diseases.

He is founder/director of the Emergency Medicine Network (EMNet), an international collaboration that aims to improve public health through projects in emergency care with a focus on respiratory/allergy emergencies, health services research in emergency care, and adverse social determinants of health.

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Professor Jo Rycroft-Malone


Dean, Faculty of Health and Medicine, Lancaster University 

As well as being the Programme Director and Chair of the Health Services and Delivery Research (HS&DR) Programme, Jo is also the Chair of the National Institute for Care and Health Excellence (NICE) Implementation Strategy Group, and is an emeritus Senior Research Leader for Health and Care Research Wales.

Jo trained as a nurse and later studied psychology as an undergraduate and post-graduate. She has established an international reputation for mixed methods applied health research, particularly in improving the organisation and delivery of services. The funding for her research has come from a variety of competitive sources including the EU’s FP7 Programme, National Institute for Health Research, Economic & Social Research Council, Medical Research Council, and Canadian Institutes for Health Research. Jo has accumulated a body of research that resulted in her being named by Thomson Reuters as a highly cited global researcher. Jo is a sub-panel member for unit of assessment 3 – allied health professions, dentistry, nursing and pharmacy for REF2021.

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Asthma UK Centre for Applied Research – Centre Management Committee

The Centre Management Committee are responsible for executing the Centre’s strategy to undertake cutting-edge applied asthma research and build research capacity.

Committee Co-Chairs:

Professor Aziz Sheikh

Professor Chris Griffiths

Committee members:


Programme and platform leads:

Professor Andy Bush

Professor Gwyn Davies

Dr Anna De Simoni

Dr Tracy Jackson

Professor Steff Lewis

Professor Hilary Pinnock

Professor Andrew Wilson

Advocacy lead:

Monica Fletcher

Communications lead:

Claire Jankowska

Volunteer Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) patient leads:

Leo Campbell

Bill Day

Amanda Keighley

PhD student representative:

Imogen Skene

Centre Manager:

Dr Natalia Reglinska-Matveyev