Professor Peter van Asperen

Macintosh Professor of Paediatric Respiratory Medicine
Paediatrics & Child Health, Children's Hospital, Westmead

C29 - Children's Hospital Westmead
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia

T: +61 2 9845 3397 / 9845 3444
F: +61 2 9845 3396

Research interests

Current major reserach interest is in clinical trials with particular focus on manangement of asthma and children with chronic cough.

International links

China. (Beijing Childrens Hospital & Capital University of Medical Sciences) Visiting Professor & collaboration with Prof Kunling Shen in regard to training opportunities in Respiratory Medicine at the Childrens Hospital at Westmead.


2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008


  • Pandit, C., Valentin, R., De Lima, J., Robinson, P., Fitzgerald, D., van Asperen, P., Baines, D., Cooper, P., Selvadurai, H. (2014), Effect of general anesthesia on pulmonary function and clinical status on children with cystic fibrosis. Paediatric Anaesthesia. 24(2), 164-169. [Abstract]
  • Hime, N., Fitzgerald, D., Robinson, P., Selvadurai, H., Van Asperen, P., JaffĂ©, A., Zurynski, Y. (2014), Childhood interstitial lung disease due to surfactant protein C deficiency: frequent use and costs of hospital services for a single case in Australia. Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases. 9, 36. [Abstract]


  • Pandit, C., Graham, C., Selvadurai, H., Gaskin, K., Cooper, P., van Asperen, P. (2013), Festival food coma in cystic fibrosis. Pediatric Pulmonology. 48(7), 725-727. [Abstract]
  • Robinson, P., Van Asperen, P. (2013), Newer Treatments in the Management of Pediatric Asthma. Paediatric Drugs. 15(4), 291-302. [Abstract]
  • Marshall, T., van Asperen, P., Selvadurai, H., Robinson, P. (2013), Don't write off paediatric asthma action plans just yet. Primary Care Respiratory Journal. 22, 144-145. [Abstract]
  • Chang, A., Robertson, C., van Asperen, P., Glasgow, N., Masters, I., Teoh, L., Mellis, C., Landau, L., Marchant, J., Morris, P. (2013), A cough algorithm for chronic cough in children: a multicenter, randomized controlled study. Pediatrics. 131(5), e1576-1583. [Abstract]
  • Grover, C., Armour, C., Van Asperen, P., Moles, R., Saini, B. (2013), Medication use in australian children with asthma: user's perspective. The Journal of Asthma. 50(3), 231-241. [Abstract]
  • Grover, C., Goel, N., Chugh, K., Gaur, S., Armour, C., Van Asperen, P., Moles, R., Saini, B. (2013), Medication use in indian children with asthma- the user's perspective. Respirology. 18(5), 807-813. [Abstract]
  • Robinson, P., Van Asperen, P. (2013), Update in paediatric asthma management: Where is evidence challenging current practice?. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health. 49(5), 346-352. [Abstract]
  • O'Grady, K., Grimwood, K., Cripps, A., Mulholland, E., Morris, P., Torzillo, P., Wood, N., Smith-Vaughan, H., Revell, A., Wilson, A., Van Asperen, P., Richmond, P., Thornton, R., Rablin, S., Chang, A. (2013), Does a 10-valent pneumococcal-Haemophilus influenzae protein D conjugate vaccine prevent respiratory exacerbations in children with recurrent protracted bacterial bronchitis, chronic suppurative lung disease and bronchiectasis: protocol for a randomised controlled trial. Trials. 14, 282. [Abstract]
  • Chang, A., Grimwood, K., Wilson, A., van Asperen, P., Byrnes, C., O'Grady, K., Sloots, T., Robertson, C., Torzillo, P., McCallum, G., Masters, I., Buntain, H., Mackay, I., Ungerer, J., Tuppin, J., Morris, P. (2013), Bronchiectasis exacerbation study on azithromycin and amoxycillin-clavulanate for respiratory exacerbations in children (BEST-2): study protocol for a randomized controlled trial. Trials. 14, 53. [Abstract]


  • Stelzer-Braid, S., Johal, H., Skilbeck, K., Steller, A., Alsubie, H., Tovey, E., Van Asperen, P., McKay, K., Rawlinson, W. (2012), Detection of viral and bacterial respiratory pathogens in patients with cystic fibrosis. Journal of Virological Methods. 186(1-2), 109-112. [Abstract]
  • Chang, A., Robertson, C., Van Asperen, P., Glasgow, N., Mellis, C., Masters, I., Teoh, L., Tjhung, I., Morris, P., Petsky, H., Willis, C., Landau, L. (2012), A multi-centre study on chronic cough in children: burden and etiologies based on a standardized management pathway. Chest. 142(4), 943-950. [Abstract]
  • Chang, A., Grimwood, K., Robertson, C., Wilson, A., van Asperen, P., O'Grady, K., Sloots, T., Torzillo, P., Bailey, E., McCallum, G., Masters, I., Byrnes, C., Chatfield, M., Buntain, H., Mackay, I., Morris, P. (2012), Antibiotics for bronchiectasis exacerbations in children: rationale and study protocol for a randomised placebo-controlled trial. Trials. 13, 156. [Abstract]
  • Van Asperen, P. (2012), Long-acting beta2 agonists for childhood asthma. Australian Prescriber. 35(4), 111-113.
  • Teoh, L., Cates, C., Hurwitz, M., Acworth, J., van Asperen, P., Chang, A. (2012), Anticholinergic therapy for acute asthma in children. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. 4, CD003797. [Abstract]


  • Grover, C., Armour, C., Asperen, P., Moles, R., Saini, B. (2011), Medication Use in Children with Asthma: Not a Child Size Problem. Journal of Asthma. 48(10), 1085-1103. [Abstract]
  • van Asperen, P. (2011), That ICS should be first line therapy for asthma--con. Paediatric Respiratory Reviews. 12(4), 250-252. [Abstract]
  • Smith, L., van Asperen, P., McKay, K., Selvadurai, H., Fitzgerald, D. (2011), Post-natal corticosteroids are associated with reduced expiratory flows in children born very preterm. Journal of paediatrics and child health. 47(7), 448-54. [Abstract]
  • Glasgow, N., Ponsonby, A., Kemp, A., Tovey, E., van Asperen, P., McKay, K., Forbes, S. (2011), Feather bedding and childhood asthma associated with house dust mite sensitisation: a randomised controlled trial. Archives of disease in childhood. 96(6), 541-7. [Abstract]
  • Van Asperen, P., Mellis, C., Sly, P., Robertson, C. (2011), Evidence-based asthma management in children - what's new?. Medical Journal of Australia. 194(8), 383-384. [Abstract]
  • Teoh, L., Hurwitz, M., Acworth, J., van Asperen, P., Chang, A. (2011), Treatment of obstructive sleep apnoea for chronic cough in children. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. 0(4), CD008182. [Abstract]
  • MacLean, J., Scott, K., Marshall, T., Van Asperen, P. (2011), Evaluation of an E-Learning teaching resource: What is the medical student perspective?. Focus on Health Professional Education. 13(2), 53-63.
  • Van Asperen, P. (2011), What's new in the management of asthma in children?. Medicine Today. 12(4), 53-64.


  • Smith, L., McKay, K., van Asperen, P., Selvadurai, H., Fitzgerald, D. (2010), Normal Development of the Lung and Premature Birth. Paediatric Respiratory Reviews. 11(3), 135-142. [Abstract]
  • Nightingale, S., O'Loughlin, E., Dorney, S., Shun, A., Verran, D., Strasser, S., McCaughan, G., Jermyn, V., Van Asperen, P., Gaskin, K., Stormon, M. (2010), Isolated liver transplantation in children with cystic fibrosis - An Australian experience. Pediatric transplantation. 14(6), 779-85. [Abstract]
  • Chang, A., Landau, L., van Asperen, P., Masters, I., Mellis, C. (2010), The plea for rigorous studies on cough in children. Chest. , 741. [Abstract]
  • Gibson, P., Chang, A., Glasgow, N., Holmes, P., Katelaris, P., Kemp, A., Landau, L., Mazzone, S., Newcombe, P., Van Asperen, P., Vertigan, A. (2010), CICADA: Cough in Children and Adults: Diagnosis and Assessment. Australian Cough Guidelines summary statement. The Medical Journal of Australia. 192(5), 265-271. [Abstract]
  • Ho, K., Davis, A., Van Asperen, P. (2010), Complementary and alternative medicine use among children with asthma in Australia. Australian Medical Student Journal. 1, 46-49.
  • Chang, A., Robertson, C., van Asperen, P., Glasgow, N., Masters, I., Mellis, C., Landau, L., Teoh, L., Morris, P. (2010), Can a management pathway for chronic cough in children improve clinical outcomes: protocol for a multicentre evaluation. Trials. 11, 103. [Abstract]


  • McKay, K., Cooper, P., van Asperen, P. (2009), Segregation of children with CF diagnosed via newborn screening and acquisition of Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Journal of cystic fibrosis : official journal of the European Cystic Fibrosis Society. 8(6), 400-4. [Abstract]
  • Robinson, P., Cooper, P., Van Asperen, P., Fitzgerald, D., Selvadurai, H. (2009), Using index of ventilation to assess response to treatment for acute pulmonary exacerbation in children with cystic fibrosis. Pediatric pulmonology. 44(8), 733-42. [Abstract]
  • Towns, S., van Asperen, P. (2009), Diagnosis and management of asthma in adolescents. The Clinical Respiratory Journal. 3(2), 69-76. [Abstract]
  • Fitzgerald, D., Follett, J., Van Asperen, P. (2009), Assessing and managing lung disease and sleep disordered breathing in children with cerebral palsy. Paediatric respiratory reviews. 10(1), 18-24. [Abstract]
  • Robinson, P., Van Asperen, P. (2009), Asthma in childhood. Pediatric Clinics of North America. 56(1), 191-226. [Abstract]


  • Smith, L., van Asperen, P., McKay, K., Selvadurai, H., Fitzgerald, D. (2008), Reduced exercise capacity in children born very preterm. Pediatrics. 122(2), e287-293. [Abstract]
  • Magoffin, A., Allen, J., McCauley, J., Gruca, M., Peat, J., Van Asperen, P., Gaskin, K. (2008), Longitudinal analysis of resting energy expenditure in patients with cystic fibrosis. The Journal of pediatrics. 152(5), 703-708. [Abstract]
  • Scott, K., MacLean, J., Marshall, T., Van Asperen, P. (2008), Medical student use of an online formative assessment resource. Hello! Where are you in the landscape of educational technology? Proceedings ascilite Melbourne 2008.
  • Kwok, S., O'Loughlin, E., Kakakios, A., van Asperen, P. (2008), Wheezy swallow: poorly responsive 'asthma'. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health. 44(1-2), 74-77. [Abstract]