What is the BALR?

The BALR has provided a focus for exchange of ideas between all manner of respiratory researchers, basic scientist and clinician alike, to ferment collaboration and to further fundamental pulmonary research for over twenty years, thus fulfilling the initial aims of the society to promote respiratory research throughout the UK. We are also a registered charity (SC010151).

The Association has published a number of consensus statements in peer-reviewed journals, and also two series of review articles in Thorax and Biologist.

Our Aims

To promote interest and encourage studies in the field of experimental research, related to the elucidation of normal lung function and the mechanisms of lung disease.

To promote an interchange of ideas between workers in this field, including the organisation of regular scientific meetings.

To encourage the exchange of materials and techniques between laboratories, for their mutual assistance and as a means of standardisation in appropriate areas of research.

Commitee Members

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Peter Barnes
Chris Scotton
Amanda Tatler
Andrew Durham
Karl Staples
Meetings Secretary
Manuela Platé
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Louise Organ
Riccardo Wysoczanski
PhD Representative
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To be appointed
Post doc 
Bettina Schock
RSB Representative
Neil Holden
Industrial Liason
Alison John
Ordinary Member
Kylie Belchamber
Ordinary Member
Katy Roach
Ordinary Member
Adam Byrne
Ordinary Member

A number of committee member positions are available, offering you an exciting opportunity to contribute to the way in which the BALR supports its members and to promote and champion respiratory science in the UK, as well as providing fantastic networking with colleagues around the country.
The following vacancies are becoming available:
1.            Chairperson of the BALR
2.            Meetings secretary
3.            Treasurer
4.            Publications Secretary
5.            Postdoctoral representative
The BALR would like to invite members to apply for these committee vacancies. If you are interested in applying, we kindly ask you to provide a brief statement (100-200 words only) outlining your activities and motivation for joining the committee. Alternatively, we encourage members to nominate a colleague (with their agreement) for the above committee vacancies. Please provide a brief outline of why the nominee is suitable for the position. Applicants/nominees must be BALR members to be considered.
Please send your statement of interest or nomination to admin@balr.co.uk by Monday 2nd August.
Further details on each position are available below, but if you have any queries, please contact Chris Scotton (c.j.scotton@exeter.ac.uk) for an informal chat.
BALR members will then have an opportunity to vote online for the new committee members, ahead of the virtual Annual General Meeting to be held on Monday 6th September.

You will provide leadership, management, and strategic vision for the BALR - working closely with the rest of the BALR committee (and delegating tasks as necessary) to deliver on the aims of the Association. This may include implementing new approaches to support respiratory research in the UK (e.g. our recently launched summer studentship scheme). You will also be expected to work closely with the British Thoracic Society, as a spokesperson for UK respiratory science, and sit on the BTS Scientific Committee and Council.
Meetings secretary 
As the meetings secretary, it will be your responsibility to identify - with the help of the wider committee - organisers, topics and speakers for the annual BALR summer meeting, as well as any BALR virtual/in person seminars and workshops. You will also liaise with organisers and sponsors to ensure the timely organisation and smooth running of the events. You will also coordinate the choice of topic and speakers for the annual BTS/BALR joint symposium at the BTS winter meeting.
As the BALR treasurer, you will be responsible for administering the BALR finances, making sure the BALR funds are appropriately distributed between the different BALR activities, organising payment of invoices for meetings and prizes, and overseeing the annual financial return to the Charity Regulator (OSCR).
Publications Secretary
As the BALR Publications Secretary, you will have the opportunity to channel your inner journalist and lead on putting together the BALR newsletter that is sent round to members with relevant information about upcoming meetings, meeting reports from our prize winners, and any invited/submitted opinion pieces or news items from our membership.

Postdoctoral Representative
As a post-doc yourself, you will use your personal experience and links with your peers to help advise the wider BALR committee on the issues that are most relevant to Early Career Researchers – and how the BALR might support career development. There will also be opportunities to help with conference organisation, abstract and grant reviews, and other enabling activities – providing some great experience within the respiratory community.

Privacy and data protection statement

The personal information we collect during membership application, registration for short courses and conferences, abstract submission and sign-on to the British Association for Lung Research (BALR) website is held and used according to the Data Protection Act 1998.

The information you supply will be held on file and on a database held by the BALR on the British Thoracic Society (BTS) central server. It will be accessible to BALR committee members and delegated employees of the BTS on their computers. Information is used for BALR mailings (including emails), for administrative purposes and for promotion of BALR activities.

Members choosing joint membership of BALR and European Respiratory Society (ERS) agree to their details being shared with ERS for administrative purposes and promotion of BALR and ERS activities.

We use details supplied by all customers who book places on BALR courses and conferences to process applications to attend; to take payment(s); to send related information and to prepare badges; to produce attendance statistics and other management information. We will NEVER sell or give access to personal data to third parties for marketing purposes. The information held is also used to analyse membership categories and BALR income and expenditure streams.

We use data supplied by the authors of abstracts for our Meetings, if selected, to produce the Programme booklets. 

Communication to BALR Members

The BALR expects to conduct most of its communication with members by email. The BALR will send regular emails containing news and information on BALR education and other activities.
We will assume that BALR members and registered users of the BALR systems and services consent to use of their personal data for the above purposes unless you specifically indicate otherwise by opting-out when you join the BALR. Registered users of BALR systems and services may review and amend their personal data via the protected area of the BALR website, or by contacting the BALR at any time.


Our server records your visit for demographic reasons and to help us understand how you use the site. We use the information we collect to improve the site and provide better services. The information we collect is treated in accordance with the Data Protection principles outlined in the Data Protection Act 1998.


Journal affiliation

The BALR is affiliated with BMJ Open Respiratory Research. Our members benefit from a discounted article publishing charge when submitting to the journal.

For more information see https://bmjopenrespres.bmj.com/