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Jørgen Vestbo is a Professor of Respiratory Medicine and an honorary consultant at the North West Lung Centre, Manchester University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. He is Lead for the Respiratory Theme of the NIHR Manchester BRC.

His professional training consisted of specialist training in Internal Medicine and Respiratory Medicine in university hospitals in Copenhagen. He obtained a DrMedSci degree from the University of Copenhagen in 1992.

He has taken part in developing international guidelines for the diagnosis and management of COPD for The American Thoracic Society / European Respiratory Society, and as member of the Board of Directors for the Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD) 2006-2013. He is a member of the Scientific Committee of GOLD which he chaired 2009-2013. He served as President of the European Respiratory Society (ERS) 2015-16 and Chair of the ERS Advocacy Council 2017-18.

Jørgen Vestbo is a Fellow of The Academy of Medical Sciences, The Royal College of Physicians, and the European Respiratory Society.

Research interests

Professor Vestbo’s academic work focuses on clinical epidemiology of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and the management of this disease, including the impact on treatment on the natural history of COPD.

Professor Vestbo has authored or co-authored more than 300 original articles, many of them in leading medical journals and contributed with chapters to several major textbooks. He has given invited lectures on epidemiology and management of COPD at international meetings.

Key Words

  • COPD
  • Epidemiology
  • Intervention Research
  • Management of COPD

Methodological knowledge

  • Epidemiological study design and analysis
  • Cohort studies
  • Clinical controlled trials

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

External positions

Adjunct Professor of Respiratory Medicine, University of Southern Denmark (SYDDANSK UNIVERISTET)

1 Apr 2015 → …

Areas of expertise

  • R Medicine (General)
  • Respiratory

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Lydia Becker Institute


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