About Professor Carol Armour

Professor Armour is a respiratory pharmacologist working toward an understanding of the processes and mechanisms of chronic diseases such as Asthma and Diabetes.

Having completed her doctoral studies in 1981 at The University of Sydney with a thesis entitled “Studies on the modes of action of some drugs used in asthma therapy”, Professor Armour was awarded a two-year Postdoctoral Fellowship – by the Medical Research Council of Canada and the Canadian Lung Association - to the Pulmonary Research Laboratory within the University of British Columbia where she acquired skills for histological assessment and computer mapping of human lung tissue. However, not only is Professor Armour intimately involved with the theory, but being involved with funded projects developing innovative health care services, she is also aware of the reality of chronic disease in the community. Her respiratory research interests delve deeply: the relationship between airway inflammation in Asthma and the stability of deregulated mRNA; the corticosteroid-sensitive and –insensitive pathways in airway remodelling; airway smooth muscle control of mast cells in Asthma; the role of interleukin 17 in modulating airway smooth muscle functions in Asthma; and, transcriptional regulation of cytokine gene expression in airway smooth muscle by sphigosine 10 phosphate, a novel inflammatory mediator in Asthma.

Professor Armour is the Executive Director of the Woolcock Institute of Medical Research, as well as Professor of Pharmacology and Associate Dean (Career Development) in the Sydney Medical School. In 2005 she was made a Fellow of the Pharmaceutical Society for her services to the profession, and she was awarded the Australasian Pharmaceutical Science Association (APSA) medal for research in 2007.

The impact and standing of Professor Armour’s investigations is evidenced by the metrics of her grant success – 81 successful applications in the last 25 years valued at over $13 million – and the metrics of her publication output – nearly 150 refereed journal articles including The Journal of Immunology (IF=6.068), Journal of Allergy & Clinical Immunology (IF=8.115), Thorax (IF=6.626), Allergy (IF=5.014), American Journal of Respiratory & Critical Care Medicine (IF=9.074) and the European Respiration Journal (IF=5.349). Scopus indicates that Professor Armour has an h-index of 20 with a Citation count in excess of 1,400. Her vision for postgraduate research students includes mentoring and supervision with 18 Doctoral candidates, 7 Masters candidates, 25 Graduate Diploma candidates and 7 undergraduate Honours candidates since 1989.

Selected publications

For a comprehensive list of Professor Armour's publications and grants, please visit her Sydney Medical School academic profile.