Dept. Children’s Health and Environment
Level 7, CCHR, 62 Graham Street,
South Brisbane, Queensland  AUSTRALIA 4101
Tel:  +61 07 30697383  |  Fax: +61 07 30697159

Professor Peter Sly is a former Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Pacific Basin Consortium for the Environment and Health, Director, Children’s Health and Environment Program and Director, WHO Collaborating Centre for Children’s Health and Environment. Professor Sly is a NHMRC Senior Principal Research Fellow and a paediatric respiratory physician with extensive research experience in respiratory physiology, developmental immunology and children’s environmental health. Professor Sly’s research aims to understand the mechanisms underlying chronic childhood lung diseases in order to improve clinical management and to delay or prevent their onset, with consequent reductions in adult lung diseases. A combination of basic science, longitudinal cohort studies and translation of research findings into clinical practice, including clinical trials, are included in three main areas: children’s environmental health, asthma, and cystic fibrosis.

Research Interests

  • Impact of environmental exposures in early life: Improving methods of assessing environmental exposures during fetal development and in early postnatal life. Improving methods for assessing the effects of early life environmental exposures and understanding how these increase long-tern risk of chronic disease.
  • Asthma: Understanding mechanisms that underlie risks for developing asthma in susceptible children
  • Cystic Fibrosis: Understanding the mechanisms underlying the development of lung disease early in life and why and how this progresses


  • Doctor of Medicine, University of Melbourne
  • Doctor of Science, The University of Western Australia
  • Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery, University of Melbourne

ResearcherID: F-1486-2010

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