Professor Peter Howarth BSc (Hons), MBBS, DM, FRCP
Professor of Allergy and Respiratory Medicine and Honorary Consultant Physician
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Professor Peter Howarth is Professor of Allergy and Respiratory Medicine and Honorary Consultant Physician within Medicine at the University of Southampton.
Professor Peter Howarth is Professor of Allergy and Respiratory Medicine and Honorary Consultant Physician with a clinical and research focus on asthma, particularly severe asthma, and allergy. He is Head of the Clinical Studies Forum in the Clinical and Experimental Science (CES) Research division within the Faculty of Medicine, coordinating clinical and translational human based research as well as clinical trials, lead for “Airways disease” within the CES research division and area lead for “Airways disease” within the NIH funded Respiratory Bioscience Research Unit in Southampton. Professor Howarth has funding from the MRC, National Institute of Health Research, EPSRC and Asthma UK as well as Industrial funding for his research that addresses the understanding and treatment of severe asthma. Much of this work makes use of direct airway sampling at bronchoscopy to obtain samples for the evaluation of the airway microbiome, airway inflammatory status, airway remodelling and to obtain samples for ex vivo cell culture studies. Such studies focus, in collaboration, on bronchial epithelial cells, airway mucosal fibroblasts and alveolar macrophages. These approaches have been used both to compare findings in severe asthma to that in healthy controls and mild asthma as well as to evaluate the impact of standard and novel therapeutic approaches to disease management. On-going work also includes biomarker evaluation and evaluation of novel approaches to lung imaging in airways disease.
Professor Howarth has supervised over 20 PhD and DM students (scientists and clinicians) and his research involves Local, National and International collaboration. He has participated in EU funded collaborative programmes, such as BIOAIR and GA2LEN, focusing respectively on severe asthma and allergic diseases, and is joint work package 4 lead for UBIOPRED, the EU/EFPIA funded IMI programme on severe asthma. Professor Howarth has published over 200 peer reviewed papers and lectured extensively at National and International specialist society meetings as an invited speaker.
Professor Howarth coordinates the MRC funded Wessex Severe Asthma Cohort, a well characterised group of over 300 patients with treatment resistant asthma, established to facilitate basic science and interventional studies in severe asthma. Professorr Howarth is joint lead for the Difficult Airways Service in Southampton, providing a secondary and tertiary referral service for treatment-resistant asthma, and established the Clinical Allergy Service providing a clinical Allergy and Immunology service for the Wessex region. This close patient involvement provides the basis for the translational research programme and the appreciation of the unmet clinical needs. Professor Howarth is regional advisor on allergy training and a member of the standing advisory committee for Allergy and Immunology at The Royal College of Physicians.
Professor Howarth has contributed to National, European and International (World Health Organisation) guidelines on the management of rhinitis and asthma. He has been on the council of The British Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, advisor on allergy to Asthma UK and has been chairman of the board of trustees of Allergy UK. He is currently President of Allergy UK and a trustee of AAIR.
B.Sc (Hons), Pharmacology, University of London (1973)
MB BS University of London (1976)
MRCP London (1979)
DM University of Southampton (1987)
House Surgeon, The London Hospital, 1977
House Physician, The London Hospital, 1977-1978
SHO (Rotation), Southampton Hospitals, 1978-1979
Registrar (Rotation), Salisbury and Southampton, 1979-1981
Research Fellow/Lecturer, University Medicine, University of Southampton, 1981-1985
Senior Registrar, The London Hospital, 1985-1988
Senior Lecturer, University Medicine, University of Southampton 1988- 1998
Reader in Medicine, University of Southampton, Southampton General Hospital, 1998- 2012
Professor of Allergy and Respiratory Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Southampton, 2012 –present