Laureate Professor awarded top honour from ANU

Friday, 13 July 2012

Laureate Professor Paul Foster has been awarded a Doctor of Science degree (D.Sc.) from the Australian National University at a ceremony on Friday July 13th, 2012. This is a particularly prestigious award given the Australian National University is ranked as one of the top 50 Universities in the world.

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The D.Sc. is the highest degree a University awards and is only awarded to a person that the University has determined on the basis of the examination of submitted published work to be an outstanding contribution to a field of knowledge and exhibit a level of originality that stamps the candidate as a major authority in the field.

Laureate Professor Foster's D.Sc. was awarded for his original research work 'Understanding the Immunological Basis of Inflammatory and Infectious Diseases of the Lung' contained in 50 scientific peer reviewed papers that report his work in this particular field. Professor Foster's research focus concerns the molecular and cellular processes that underlie the development of asthma, allergy,respiratory disorders and chronic inflammation.

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. He holds the Chair of Immunology in the School of Biomedical Sciences and Pharmacy at the University of Newcastle and is also a visiting Professor at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA.

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