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
Karl Staples
Kylie Belchamber
Amanda Tatler
Owen Tomlinson
Meetings Secretary
Manuela Platé
Merete Long
Riccardo Wysoczanski
PhD Representative
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Jodie Ackland
Post doc 
Andrew Durham
RSB Representative
Neil Holden
Industrial Liason
Alison John
Ordinary Member
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Bettina Schock
Ordinary Member
Katy Roach
Ordinary Member
Adam Byrne
Ordinary Member


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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/