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Head, Children's Respiratory Science


Dr Ingrid Laing is a research scientist (BSc. PhD.) with a focus on understanding the mechanisms of childhood respiratory disease, identifying risk factors and biomarkers that predict the development of persistent respiratory exacerbations as well as trialling new treatments. Dr Laing has a comprehensive track record in paediatric respiratory research particularly in the areas of respiratory virology, childhood acute wheezing and asthma, lung development and immunogenetics. 

During her PhD studying the genetics of asthma susceptibility, Dr Laing won numerous awards for her research from the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand (TSANZ), the Australian Lung Foundation, the CRC for Asthma, the National Asthma Council and Princess Margaret Hospital for Children. This was followed by the Australian Respiratory Council Ann Woolcock Research Fellowship investigating acute lower respiratory infection in infants. 

Together with Prof Peter Le Souef, Dr Laing leads a world-class study of children having wheezing and asthma attacks and has also undertaken clinical trials of new asthma treatments.