University professor, 37, dies from lung cancer after doctors dismissed her symptoms as 'anxiety and depression'
Lisa Smirl, 37, saw three doctors with a range of symptoms over a yearHad been suffering from shortness of breath, weight loss and arm pain
Despite this, doctors dismissed her symptoms as psychological , but took early retirement.
Despite battling the disease, she maintained an honorary lectureship in the department until her death on February 21.
She also completed a Great North Run to raise funds for the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation in November 2012.
Professor Richard Black, head of the school of global studies at the University of Sussex, led tributes.
He said: 'Lisa was a fantastic colleague and friend, a great teacher and researcher and truly inspirational in the way she dealt with her illness.'
Professor Justin Rosenberg, head of international relations, added: 'Lisa was an outstanding colleague who shared her intellectual and personal vivacity with academics and students alike.'
West Sussex PCT and the Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals Trust were unable to confirm that they were involved with Lisa's treatment.