Meet the EpiCreators

EpiCentral is co-created with the expertise and guidance of global experts; read on to meet our EpiCreators and hear from them why they are excited about EpiCentral.  

Professor Celeste Porsbjerg, MD, PhD

Professor Porsbjerg’s research interests focus on airway pathophysiology and inflammation. She aims to provide better solutions to the management of the most severely ill patients with obstructive airways disease.   

Professor Celeste Porsbjerg, MD, PhD

Professor of Severe Asthma, Bispebjerg Hospital

Copenhagen, Denmark

Professor Celeste Porsbjerg is Professor of Severe Asthma in the Department of Respiratory Medicine at Bispebjerg Hospital, Copenhagen, Denmark, where she heads the severe asthma clinic and chairs the Respiratory Research Unit.  

Professor Porsbjerg’s research revolves around solving key clinical issues in difficult-to-treat asthma, understanding disease mechanisms and personalising asthma management. Her current research focuses on airway immunoreactivity, immune drivers of asthma exacerbations and the effect of targeted interventions.  

Professor Porsbjerg has published extensively on airway hyperresponsiveness and inflammatory mechanisms in asthma. She chairs the Danish Severe Asthma Registry and the NORDSTAR Asthma Research Consortium. She is also the national representative for Denmark in the Severe Heterogeneous Asthma Research collaboration and the Patient-centered consortium, and is a member of the International Severe Asthma Registry.  


“I am an expert in severe asthma, and I have a longstanding interest in the airway epithelium.”

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Professor Louis-Philippe Boulet, MD, FRCPC

Professor of Medicine, Department of Medicine, Laval University

“In the last three decades, I’ve been involved in research in asthma and respiratory allergy, as well as in education and knowledge translation in respiratory health.”


Professor Gianni Marone, MD

Professor of Medicine, School of Medicine and Surgery, University of Naples Federico II

“Our team is working in the Center for Basic and Clinical Immunology Research of the University of Naples Federico II and focuses on inflammatory mediators in allergic diseases.”


Professor Christopher Brightling, PhD, FMedSci

Clinical Professor of Respiratory Medicine, University of Leicester and Glenfield Hospital

“My particular area of interest is airway diseases, in particular severe asthma, and trying to understand what are the underlying mechanisms.”


Professor Bruce Levy, MD

Division Chief, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Division, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

“I have a longstanding interest in exploring the fascinating biology of the airway epithelium and its role in health and disease.”


Assistant Professor Marco Caminati, MD

Assistant Professor in Asthma, Allergy and Clinical Immunology, Department of Medicine, University of Verona

Biography coming soon.


Professor Pascal Chanez, MD, PhD

Professor in the Department of Respiratory Diseases, University of Aix-Marseille

Biography coming soon.


Dr Simon Couillard MD-MSc

Assistant Professor in Medicine, Université de Sherbrooke

EpiCentral is an important platform to tackle our rapidly evolving knowledge of the airway epithelium as the epicentre of asthma


Associate Professor Delbert (Del) Dorscheid MD, PhD

Associate Professor, Centre for Heart Lung Innovation, University of British Columbia

Biography coming soon.


Professor Teal S. Hallstrand, MD, MPH

Professor of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, University of Washington

Biography coming soon. 


Professor Enrico Heffler, MD, PhD

Associate Professor of Internal Medicine and Director of Postgraduate Residency Program in Allergy and Clinical Immunology, Humanitas University

Biography coming soon. 


Dr Tanya M. Laidlaw, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Biography coming soon. 


Professor Ian Pavord, MA, DM, FRCP, FERS, FMedSci

Professor of Respiratory Medicine, University of Oxford

Biography coming soon. 


Associate Professor Gilda Varricchi, MD, PhD

Associate Professor of Internal Medicine, University of Naples Federico II

Biography coming soon.