Respiratory infection and immunity

Host defence unit

The host defence unit at Royal Brompton Hospital investigates and treats patients with all forms of respiratory tract infection.

We have special expertise in the management of patients with bronchiectasis, primary immunodeficiency, mycobacterial infections including tuberculosis and atypical species, and disorders of ciliary function.

We accept referrals from colleagues in the hospital and general practitioners. We may suggest that newly referred cases come into Royal Brompton for a few days of programmed investigations.

Host defence team

Professor Robert Wilson - consultant physician and clinical lead

Professor Michael Loebinger - consultant physician, honorary senior lecturer, research lead

Dr Rosemary Boyton - Reader in immunology and respiratory medicine, head of the lung immunology group, section of infectious disease and immunology, Imperial College London, honorary consultant physician

Dr Peter Kelleher - clinical immunologist, senior lecturer at St Mary's, with two sessions at Royal Brompton Hospital. Advises on immunological investigations of patients referred by Robert Wilson and other Royal Brompton consultants. He is systematically reviewing all patients receiving immunoglobulin therapy. 

Dr Noel Snell - honorary senior lecturer working for AstraZeneca. Assists in the Wednesday morning clinic. 

Andy Rogers - cilia function technician

Find out more about the host defence investigation.