ERS Congress Chair Award

Presented to: Andrew Bush

The ERS Congress Chair Award recognises an outstanding contribution to research and training in respiratory medicine.

Andrew Bush

Professor Andrew Bush qualified from Cambridge University and University College Hospital, London, and initially trained in adult medicine, obtaining a research fellowship in the Department of Clinical Physiology, Brompton Hospital. Here he completed an MD thesis under the supervision of Professor David Denison, and was persuaded to retrain as a paediatrician by Dr Elliott Shinebourne, both of whom remained lifelong friends and mentors. He trained in paediatric respiratory medicine at the Royal Brompton Hospital and the Royal Postgraduate Medical School before becoming Consultant in Paediatric Chest Medicine at the Brompton Hospital in 1991. He was appointed Professor of Paediatric Respirology at the National Heart and Lung Institute in 2007, and in 2011, he was appointed an NIHR Senior Investigator.

His research interests have included paediatric clinical physiology, especially respiratory mass spectrometry, and the invasive and non-invasive assessment of airway inflammation in children. He has published more than 600 papers in peer review journals, with an H-index of 107, as well as numerous editorials and reviews, and more than 100 chapters in books and monographs. He pioneered the use of endobronchial biopsy for research in children and continues to use this and other bronchoscopic techniques to study early origins of paediatric airway disease. His most enduring academic achievement is supervising 47 PhD and MD(Res) theses, and he is proud that his trainees occupy senior clinical and academic posts all over the world.

Professor Bush has been Assembly Head and Chair of the ERS Publication Committee, and was appointed in the first group of Fellows of both the ERS and the ATS. He has been awarded the Jonxis medal (2008), the Imperial College Rectors Medal for excellence in Research Supervision (2011), the Otto Wolfe medal of the Royal Society of Medicine (2013) and the ERS Assembly Lifetime Achievement award (2014), and has held numerous visiting Professorships internationally. He continues in his present position leading a £4.6 million Wellcome Strategic Award, aided and abetted by his family.

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