The University of Newcastle, Australia

Unanimous support for renewal of Laureate title

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

In recognition of a distinguished academic record and global reputation as a research leader in asthma, chronic inflammatory diseases of the lung and development of treatments, the University's Award Committee has renewed Professor Paul Foster's title of Laureate Professor for a period of five years.

Paul Foster
Laureate Professor Paul Foster

“The title of Laureate Professor recognises exceptional academic achievement, and is among the highest academic honours conferred at the University of Newcastle,” Vice-Chancellor Professor Caroline McMillen said.

“We are delighted that Paul's distinguished career will continue to be recognised at UON with the renewal of his Laureate title.”

Paul is the Director of the Priority Research Centre for Healthy Lungs, and is internationally renowned in his field of research. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences, and has received numerous accolades and awards for his work.

In the past five years, he has received the NSW State Government's Science and Engineering Award for Biological Sciences Human & Animal Health, for career research distinction; the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand's Research Medal for research distinction; a Doctor of Science (ANU) for outstanding scholarship and seminal contributions to the field; and a Harvard Club of Australia Fellowship. He has also been admitted to the NSW Asthma Foundation's Research Hall of Fame for his outstanding contributions to asthma research internationally.

Paul has achieved exceptional success throughout his research career. Since joining UON in 2003 he has generated over $19.8 million in research income, including three 2017 Project Grants from the NHMRC totalling $2.5 million. Independent referees noted that Paul is "an outstanding scientist who is dedicated to unravelling the complex mechanisms of asthma and allergy, diseases that are of considerable worldwide socioeconomic importance. He has cultivated productive international collaborations resulting in a large number of highly-cited landmark papers in high-impact scientific journals". He has produced over 200 publications, and has presented his work by invitation at over 24 international conferences.

In addition to writing, Professor Foster is an active reviewer for many notable journals, including the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, Clinical and Experimental Allergy, and societies such as National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), and the British Asthma Council. He is a member of the editorial board for Clinical and Experimental Allergy and is an associate editor for the American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology and Pharmacology and Therapeutics.

The Award Committee, comprising international, external and UON scholars, unanimously endorsed the award.

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