Professor Stephen T Holgate CBE

Honorary graduates 2015-16

Professor Stephen T Holgate CBE (DSc)

Monday 20 July 10:00am

Stephen Holgate is MRC Professor of Immuno-pharmacology at the University of Southampton. He studied medicine at Charing Cross and after training in respiratory medicine he undertook a two-year Fellowship at Harvard Medical School. On returning to Southampton in 1980, he pursued a research career on the mechanisms of asthma and allergy involving a wide range of different approaches.

Stephen has a particular interest in the role of air pollutants, viruses and allergens in driving airway inflammation and remodelling. His work has resulted in over 1,000 peer-reviewed publications (H index 142). He was a member of the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution, was founder chair of the DH Committee on the Medical Effects of Air Pollution, President of the British Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology and British Thoracic Society and, until 2011, chaired the MRC Population and Systems Medicine Board.

Most recently, Stephen was chair of Main Panel A of the Research Excellence Framework, 2014. Currently, he chairs the NC3Rs Board, the Hazardous Substances Advisory Committee (Defra) and the European Respiratory Society Science Council. He also chairs the MRC Translational Group responsible for pulling through discovery science into patient benefit and is a member of the MRC Strategy Board and the NERC Science and Innovation Strategy Board.

Stephen has been appointed to the European Commission's Scientific Panel for Health that will help set the research agenda for ‘Horizon 2020’. In 2011, he was appointed CBE for services to clinical science.