Professor Francis Thien is a specialist in respiratory medicine and allergy. He is the Director of the Department of Respiratory and Sleep Medicine at Eastern Health, and the Monash University Eastern Health Clinical School. His main specialty interests are asthma, allergy, COPD, interstitial lung disease, sleep apnoea, lung cancer and general respiratory diseases. His work commitments include clinical service provision, health service management, undergraduate and postgraduate teaching, and clinical research. He has research interests in severe asthma, COPD and interstitial lung diseases, and is an invited speaker in international conferences on these topics. He has received National Health and Medical Research Council research grants in excess of AUD$3.76 million and co-authored over 170 papers. He is also Past President of the Asia Pacific Association of Allergy, Asthma and Clinical Immunology (APAAACI) having been president from 2016 to 2018.