Professor Eccles is Director of the Common Cold Centre at Cardiff University, Wales UK. He is an expert on the symptoms of common cold and flu and medicines used to treat colds and flu. He has spent his career at Cardiff University and he established the Common Cold Centre in Cardiff in 1988, a Clinical Research Organisation that conducts scientific and clinical research on treatments for cough, colds and flu. His recent research has studied the effects of chilling on the onset of common cold symptoms and the effects of placebo treatments. He has special interests in studying nasal congestion and cough, and has published many scientific papers on these topics He is the author of some 250 publications and has contributed to many medical textbooks.