Howard Mitchell sat membership examinations for the Institute of Biology in London (re-badged Royal Society of Biology) while working in cardiovascular laboratories at the Royal College of Surgeons and in the Pharmaceutical Industry. He then moved to Perth with a scholarship to undertake his PhD in the Pharmacology Department studying the pharmacology of pulmonary anaphylaxis. Subsequently he obtained a Fellowship position at the John Curtin School of Medical Research at the Australian National University. Prof Mitchell then lectured at the University of Sheffield in England. He moved back to UWA in 1984 to join the academic staff in the Physiology Department. He remained in physiology until his retirement in 2009 and for some years served as head of department.
Prof Mitchell has taken sabbatical leave at the Univeristy of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Kings College London, and the National Heart and Lung Institute at Imperial College, London.
As a respiratory physiologist, Prof Mitchell researches the control of the bronchial tree and airways, especially in diseases such as asthma. His interests include airway mechanics, neural and pharmacological control of airway smooth muscle and the lung development.
Associate Professor Peter Noble, Discipline of Physiology, UWA
Dr Peter McFawn, Lecturer, Discipline of Physiology, UWA
Prof Alan James, adjunct Associate Professor in Medicine and Pharmacology and consultant physician at QEII
Research expertise keywords
- Airway development
- Airway smooth muscle
- Respiratory physiology