Professor Peter LeSouef was awarded the prestigious Research Medal at the recent Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand Scientific Meeting held in Adelaide.
The award recognises Peter’s outstanding contribution to paediatric respiratory medicine research.
Professor LeSouef founded the Respiratory Department in 1984 and embedded research in clinical practice. He has been responsible for paradigm shifts in approaches to and understanding of infant physiology, aerosol medicine, asthma genetics, immune responses to viruses in asthma and the effects of world population growth on child health.
He was a significant contributor in the fight against Big Tobacco that resulted in many of the public health measures that has seen Australia have the lowest rates of smoking amongst children and adolescents in the world.
He has trained and mentored scores of young physicians and scientists and this award recognises the continuing legacy of Peter’s contributions.