Commissioner: Peter D. Sly, DSC

” Reducing pollution does improve health. The time for action is now!”

Professor Peter D Sly AO
MBBS, MD, DSc, FRACP, FAHMS, FERS, FThorSoc, FAPSR
Director, Children’s Lung, Environment and Asthma Research, Child Health Research Centre University of Queensland; Director, World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Children’s Health and Environment


I have been a consultant respiratory specialist for 3 decades and have had an active interest in children’s environmental health for the past 17 years. While my primary training was in respiratory physiology, I have an established record of accomplishment investigating infection and inflammation, and the underlying mechanisms of airway disease. I was one of the key persons in establishing and managing longitudinal birth cohorts to identify risk factors underlying the development of asthma. I also have a long record of accomplishment in respiratory physiology and in developing and implementing new measurements of lung function.

I established and directed the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre (WHOCC) for Research on Children’s Environmental Health in Perth and since moving to Brisbane have established the Children’s Health and Environment Program and the WHOCC for Children’s Health and Environment which has recently been redesignated for a further period of 4 years. I have been a Director of the Pacific Basin Consortium for Environment and Health since 2005 and Chairman of the Board since 2009. I am actively engaged in WHO Networks in Children’s Environmental Health and in e-Waste and am on the steering committee of the WHO Developmental Origins of Health and Disease program.


The Commission on Pollution and Health is an initiative of The Lancet, the Global Alliance on Health and Pollution (GAHP), and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Commissioners include many of the world’s leading researchers and practitioners in the fields of pollution management, environmental health and sustainable development.  

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