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Ashley Woodcock

Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs

Ashley WoodcockProfessor Ashley Woodcock was appointed as Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs in August 2016.

He is a Professor of Respiratory Medicine at the North West Lung Centre, University Hospital of South Manchester. He is a Consultant Respiratory Physician at the University Hospital of South Manchester, where he is the Clinical Director for Respiratory Medicine.

Professor Woodcock graduated with an intercalated first-class honours in physiology and an honours degree in Medicine from The University of Manchester in 1975. He then worked in London and Brunei, returning for clinical and research training at the Royal Brompton Hospital.

He was appointed an NHS Consultant Physician in Manchester in 1985, and became Professor of Respiratory Medicine at The University of Manchester in 1998. He was been Chairman of the Clinical Assembly of the European Respiratory Society, Chairman of the Royal College of Physicians Tobacco Committee and President of the British Thoracic Society.

Professor Woodcock was awarded the OBE in 2006 for services to the environment and was Co-Chair of the Medical Technical Options Committee to the United Nations Montreal Protocol for 20 years between 1995 and 2015.

In 2015, he was appointed Co-Chair to the Technology and Economic Assessment Panel to the Montreal Protocol. He shared the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 with the International Panel for Climate Change and Al Gore. He was awarded the Fellowship of the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2008 and was made a Fellow of the European Respiratory Society in 2014.

Professor Woodcock has a wide range of patient-focused clinical research interests and has authored over 300 original publications. Together with Professors Adnan Custovic and Angela Simpson, he established the Manchester Asthma and Allergy Study, which is a cohort of over 1,000 children followed prospectively from birth through the first two decades of their life so far to investigate the genetic-environmental aetiology of allergy and asthma.

More recently, he has developed an interest in cough, supporting Professor Jacky Smith to develop a world-leading research group. The Cough group have developed an ambulatory cough monitor with appropriate patent protection.