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Professor Stephen Holgate

Special adviser on air quality

Professor Holgate is the Medical Research Council Clinical professor of immunopharmacology and honorary consultant physician within medicine at the University of Southampton. 

In 1965, Stephen studied medicine at Charing Cross Hospital Medical School and then undertook a 2-year fellowship at Harvard Medical School. In 1980, he pursued a research career on the mechanisms of asthma and allergy. He has a particular interest in the role of air pollutants, viruses and allergens in driving airway inflammation and remodelling.

The purpose of the special adviser on air quality is to: 

  • advise the RCP on issues relating to the health implications of air pollution in individual patients and at population level  
  • act as the RCP’s primary spokesperson to the press on air quality issues, as advised by the RCP’s media team and/or academic vice president.