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Career Summary: A/Prof Glen Westall is a Consultant Chest Physician, and Head of the Paediatric Lung Transplant Program at the Alfred Hospital, Melbourne. He trained at King’s College London, and completed his respiratory training at the Alfred Hospital, Melbourne and Royal Brompton Hospital, London. A/Prof Westall successfully applied to the Australian Health Ministers’ Advisory Council (AHMAC) to have paediatric lung transplantation recognized as requiring National Funding Centre (NFC) status in Australia and for the service to be established at the Alfred Hospital. In addition, A/Prof Westall is a lead Consultant in Victoria’s only dedicated Lung Fibrosis service that operates within the Department of Allergy, Immunology and Respiratory Medicine at the Alfred Hospital. A/Prof Westall is has established and is principal investigator of open-access national tissue bank consisting of explanted lung tissue collected at the time of lung transplantation from patients with severe ILD. A/Prof Westall is an integral member of an Australian-wide network of ILD researchers that aims to establish lung cell lines derived from patients with ILD.

Research Support: A/Prof Westall oversees the research portfolio of the Alfred’s lung transplant service. As an academic clinician, he has established a number of translational projects with industry partners that have taken discoveries in basic science to the clinical interface. In particular he has established biorepositories that collect and store both normal lung tissue (from deceased patients whose families consent to release lung tissue for research) and fibrotic lungs. In addition, A/Prof Westall has established a biorepository of blood and BAL samples that are collected longitudinally on all patients undergoing lung transplantation. These transplant samples provide the basis of a research model that has resulted in a number of research collaborations whereby the immune response to infection (ever-present in the immunosuppressed host) and transplantation can be studied. A/Prof Westall has developed a wider interest into how activation of the innate immune system early post-lung transplant influences clinical outcomes. Establishing a research platform in pulmonary xenotransplantation has resulted in the award of an internationally competitive Career Development Award. Clinically, A/Prof Westall is a principal and co-investigator on numerous studies in viral immunity, lung fibrosis, and lung transplantation. A/Prof Westall is the principal investigator of a number of other transplant studies that have generated over $550,000 in financial support over the past 5 years. Additionally, A/Prof Westall is a co-investigator in a large number of studies that have generated over $2 million research funding to The Alfred and Monash University.


External positions

Lung Transplant Physician, Alfred Health

1 Jun 20071 Dec 2020

Research area keywords

  • lung transplant recipients
  • Transplantation biology
  • Lung Fibrosis

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Projects 2003 2022

Research Output 2001 2019

A class of γδ T cell receptors recognize the underside of the antigen-presenting molecule MR1

Le Nours, J., Gherardin, N. A., Ramarathinam, S. H., Awad, W., Wiede, F., Gully, B. S., Khandokar, Y., Praveena, T., Wubben, J. M., Sandow, J. J., Webb, A. I., von Borstel, A., Rice, M. T., Redmond, S. J., Seneviratna, R., Sandoval-Romero, M. L., Li, S., Souter, M. N. T., Eckle, S. B. G., Corbett, A. J. & 15 others, Reid, H. H., Liu, L., Fairlie, D. P., Giles, E. M., Westall, G. P., Tothill, R. W., Davey, M. S., Berry, R., Tiganis, T., McCluskey, J., Pellicci, D. G., Purcell, A. W., Uldrich, A. P., Godfrey, D. I. & Rossjohn, J., 20 Dec 2019, In : Science. 366, 6472, p. 1522-1527 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Breathing life into lung transplant mortality definitions and reporting

Levin, K., Levvey, B. J., Paraskeva, M., Whitford, H. M., Williams, T., Westall, G. P. & Snell, G. I., 1 Nov 2019, In : Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation. 38, 11, p. 1228-1230 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalLetterOtherpeer-review

13 Citations (Scopus)

Human CD8 + T cell cross-reactivity across influenza A, B and C viruses

Koutsakos, M., Illing, P. T., Nguyen, T. H. O., Mifsud, N. A., Crawford, J. C., Rizzetto, S., Eltahla, A. A., Clemens, E. B., Sant, S., Chua, B. Y., Wong, C. Y., Allen, E. K., Teng, D., Dash, P., Boyd, D. F., Grzelak, L., Zeng, W., Hurt, A. C., Barr, I., Rockman, S. & 17 others, Jackson, D. C., Kotsimbos, T. C., Cheng, A. C., Richards, M., Westall, G. P., Loudovaris, T., Mannering, S. I., Elliott, M., Tangye, S. G., Wakim, L. M., Rossjohn, J., Vijaykrishna, D., Luciani, F., Thomas, P. G., Gras, S., Purcell, A. W. & Kedzierska, K., 18 Feb 2019, In : Nature Immunology. 20, p. 613-625 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
7 Citations (Scopus)

Anti-fibrotic Effects of CXCR4-Targeting i-body AD-114 in Preclinical Models of Pulmonary Fibrosis

Griffiths, K., Habiel, D. M., Jaffar, J., Binder, U., Darby, W. G., Hosking, C. G., Skerra, A., Westall, G. P., Hogaboam, C. M. & Foley, M., 1 Dec 2018, In : Scientific Reports. 8, 1, 15 p., 3212.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
6 Citations (Scopus)

Casein kinase 1δ/ε inhibitor, PF670462 attenuates the fibrogenic effects of transforming growth factor-β in pulmonary fibrosis

Keenan, C. R., Langenbach, S. Y., Jativa, F., Harris, T., Li, M., Chen, Q., Xia, Y., Gao, B., Schuliga, M. J., Jaffar, J., Prodanovic, D., Tu, Y., Berhan, A., Lee, P. V. S., Westall, G. P. & Stewart, A. G., 10 Jul 2018, In : Frontiers in Pharmacology. 9, JUL, 15 p., 738.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access