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Peter graduated in Modern History from Oxford before qualifying in Medicine at the Middlesex Hospital. He later trained in Public Health at St Thomas’s Hospital, spending a year as visiting associate professor at the Johns Hopkins. From 1994 to 2005 he was Professor of Public Health Medicine at UMDS and from 1998 Chair of the Division of Public Health and Primary Care at King’s College. In 2006 he moved to the National Heart and Lung Institute at Imperial College. He designed and lead several international surveys of respiratory health including the European Community Respiratory Health Survey which he initiated in 1989 and the Global Burden of Obstructive Lung Disease which he now co-ordinates.