One of the world’s leading respiratory researchers, Professor Paul Foster, has been awarded the University of Newcastle’s highest honour – the title of Laureate Professor.
Laureate Professor Foster is a co-director of the University’s Priority Research Centre for Asthma and Respiratory Diseases and the Hunter Medical Research Institute’s (HMRI) Virus, Infection/Immunity and Asthma (VIVA) Program.
Actively recruited to the University in 2003 from Canberra, Professor Foster is dedicated to investigating the molecular and cellular processes that underlie the development of asthma, allergy, respiratory disorders and chronic inflammation.
The University’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), Professor Mike Calford, said Professor Foster held an outstanding international reputation for high impact, quality research.
“He is a leader in inflammation, immunology and respiratory disease research, fields in which Australia is at the forefront,” Professor Calford said.
“The title of Laureate Professor is the University’s way of recognising Professor Foster’s exemplary contributions in these areas. It is the most prestigious honour our University can bestow.”
The appointment panel comprised senior members of the University and internationally-recognised external professors.
Professor Foster said he was deeply honoured to receive the accolade.
“It is extremely rewarding to have my contribution to the University and my field of research recognised in this way,” Professor Foster said.
“This title reflects the talented and dedicated research team and distinguished collaborators I have worked with over many years, and the support provided to me by the University and HMRI.”
Since 2003, the work of Professor Foster’s teams has attracted peer-reviewed grant income of more than $10 million.
Last month, he and his team received more than $1 million from the National Health and Medical Research Council for two projects – to investigate the causes behind asthma patients’ resistance to steroid treatment; and to research molecules known as microRNAs and their potential role towards a new treatment for asthma.
Professor Foster is the seventh Laureate Professor to be named by the University of Newcastle.
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