Peter LE SOUEF
Prof Peter Le Souëf is Professor of Paediatrics, University of Western Australia. He was Head, UWA School of Paediatrics for 20 years to 2017. His research has ranged from respiratory physiology in infants and young children, aerosol delivery technologies, birth cohort studies to assess early origins of respiratory disease in children and adults, immunogenetics of asthma and respiratory infections, evolution of the human immune system, viral infections in children with acute wheezing/asthma, respiratory infections in low- and middle-income countries, and currently includes immunomodulation in young children with acute respiratory infections. He has also collaborated with researchers in South America, studying the role of parasites in respiratory diseases in children, and in Africa, studying malaria, tb and HIV. More recently, his research has also focused on the effects of the deterioration in the planet’s environment and increases in population on the health of future children. A serious decline in child health is likely due to factors including increasing ambient temperatures, declining air quality, fresh-water scarcity, and food shortages. He and his colleagues are evaluating geospatial data on environment and child health globally, with a focus on low- and middle-income countries, and modelling these factors to determine the health effects on children over this century. He has published over 301 peer-reviewed papers and given 279 invited papers at international scientific meetings, universities and institutes in 46 different countries.