Professor Thomas Platts-Mills FRS
Professor of Medicine, Asthma and Allergic Diseases Center, School of Medicine, University of Virginia.
Professor Platts-Mills’ work has made it possible to understand the relationship between the home environment and asthma, which provides the key to understanding the epidemic scale of this chronic allergic disease. He identified the major dust mite allergen, established that it becomes airborne as faecal pellets and provided compelling evidence for the link between mite exposure and the development of asthma. He also established that high exposure to cat allergens can induce a novel form of immunological tolerance. Together his studies have provided much of the scientific basis for understanding and managing diseases that affect a large proportion of the population.