Professor Eddy F Y Liew FRS, Gardiner Professor of Immunology, University of Glasgow, Scotland.
After graduating in Chemistry at Monash University, Melbourne, Liew took a PhD in Immunology at the John Curtin School of Medical Research, Australian National University (supervised by Gordon Ada). He joined the Wellcome Research Laboratories, Beckenham, Kent, UK in 1977 and moved to the Gardiner Chair and Head of the Department of Immunology, Glasgow University in 1991. He was the founding Director of the Glasgow Biomedical Research Centre.
Liew’s main research interest has been the role of CD4+ T cell subsets, nitric oxide and cytokines in infection and inflammation. He demonstrated the key role of interleukin (IL)-15 and IL-18 in rheumatoid arthritis. He discovered the pivotal role of IL-33 receptor (ST2) in Type II immunity and is currently investigating the biology of IL-33, a new member of the IL-1 family. Liew was awarded the Sheikh Hamdan Prize for Medical Research Excellence in 2002.
Liew was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 1995, Fellow of the Academy of Medical Science in 1999, and Fellow of the Royal Society in 2012. He is an honorary fellow of the British Society of Immunology and the Germany society of Immunology. Liew is a visiting Professor at the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil; Suzhou University, China; King Abdulaziz University, Saudi Arabia; and Harvard University, USA. He is a member of the International Advisory Boards of the Chinese Academy of Medical Science and the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, Singapore. He is a member of the Research Grant Council, Hong Kong and chairs the Collaborative Research Fund panel, Hong Kong. Liew was a member of the Infection and Immunity Board, Medical Research Council, UK, and President of the European Congress of Immunology 2012. He was Editor-in-Chief of the European Journal of Immunology (2008-2012) and President of the European Federation of Immunological Societies (EFIS, 2003-2006).