Sarah Walmsley is a Professor of Respiratory Medicine at the University of Edinburgh. Sarah undertook her medical training at the University of Edinburgh graduating in 1997, and an MRC training fellowship at the University of Cambridge with award of PhD in 2004. She completed her specialist training in Respiratory Medicine in Sheffield, as a Wellcome Intermediate then Senior Clinical Fellow, with two periods of maternity leave, prior to returning to Edinburgh in 2014. Her work is focused on addressing one of the major challenges in respiratory medicine – to limit tissue damage caused by neutrophilic inflammation in inflammatory lung disease. Sarah is a director of the Edinburgh Clinical Academic (ECAT) inclusive Wellcome PhD programme for Health Professionals.