ERS Assembly Lifetime Achievement Awards

Presented to: Fabio Midulla, Dina Brooks, Gérald Simonneau, Martine Remy-Jardin

The ERS Assembly Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to multiple recipients in recognition of a lifetime of excellence in the field of respiratory medicine.

Fabio Midulla

Fabio Midulla is full professor of Paediatrics at Sapienza University of Rome. He has been a consultant in paediatric pulmonology since 1991 and is now the Director of the Paediatric Emergency Medicine of the Policlinico Umberto I Hospital. Prof. Midulla is a researcher in the field of paediatric respiratory medicine with strong interest in paediatric bronchoscopy, bronchoalveolar lavage and paediatric respiratory viral infections, as reflected in more than 150 scientific publications. Prof Midulla is a convinced Europhile and passionate about the collaboration of European doctors, and for this reason, he has been an active member of the ERS since 1990. During these decades he has contributed to the developed of the European Respiratory Society serving as an officer of the Paediatric Assembly, secretary and chair of the Bronchology Group, and secretary and head of the Paediatric Assembly. He has been very active in the educational field of ERS, organising the Summer School of Paediatric Respiratory Medicine and the ERS Paediatric Hands-on Flexible Bronchoscopy course. He is the editor of the Paediatric Handbook on Respiratory Medicine and has participated as a member and chair to several very successful ERS Task Forces. Finally, he has represented the Paediatric Assembly in the Scientific and Educational councils of the ERS, and as a member of the Paediatric HERMES examination Committee he has contributed to the development of Paediatric Respiratory medicine in Europe.

Dina Brooks

Dr Dina Brooks is a Vice Dean and Executive Director of the School of Rehabilitation Science at McMaster University. She is also Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy, the Department of Medicine, and the Rehabilitation Science Institute at the University of Toronto.  She is recognised internationally as a leader in cardiorespiratory rehabilitation and holds a National Sanitarium Association Chair, has held a Canada Research Chair in Rehabilitation and COPD and is the President of the Canadian Thoracic Society. She has trained numerous interdisciplinary health science graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, junior faculty members and graduate students. She is the Scientific Editor of Physiotherapy Canada and chaired the Scientific Committee of the World Congress of Physical Therapy Congress in 2017 in South Africa. She has received many honours, including a Queen’s Jubilee Medal for the impact of her research on the lives of individuals with lung disease, a Fellowship in the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences; the highest honour that recognises international leadership, academic performance and scientific creativity, and the Enid Graham Award; the highest honour in Canadian Physiotherapy Association.

Gérald Simonneau

Gerald Simonneau, MD, PhD, is Emeritus Professor at the Université Paris-Saclay, France, and Senior Consultant at Bicêtre & Marie Lannelongue University Hospitals. He founded the French national reference centre for pulmonary hypertension in 2004. He was co-chairman of the World Symposium on Pulmonary Hypertension in 2008, 2013 and 2018, and was Chairman of the European Society of Cardiology working group on pulmonary circulation in 2004. Gerald Simonneau received the pulmonary hypertension research award from the European Respiratory Society in 2011 and the PVRI Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2019. He has published widely in the fields of pulmonary hypertension, pulmonary embolism and intensive care, and in peer-reviewed journals including New England Journal of Medicine and The Lancet. In 2020, his h-index in the Google Scholar Citations database is 147 (134,533 citations). Clarivate Analytics listed Gerald Simonneau as one of the world’s highly cited researchers in the field of clinical medicine for 2017, 2018 and 2019.

Martine Remy-Jardin

Martine Remy-Jardin received her M.D. from the Montpellier School of Medicine, completed her residency in Radiology and Pulmonology at the University Centre of Toulouse, then a fellowship in Radiology at the University Centres of Lille. She became Associate Professor of Radiology in 1989, Professor of Radiology in 1991 and was promoted Head of the Department of Thoracic Imaging at the University Centre of Lille in 1998.

Her main clinical fields of interest are HRCT of diffuse infiltrative lung diseases, pulmonary vascular diseases, cardiac and pulmonary functional imaging, and reduction in radiation dose. The major focus of her research lies in CT imaging, where she covers technical developments including dual-energy CT and spectral imaging. Those special areas of interest make up the core of her published works, which comprise 329 peer-reviewed publications, 98 postgraduate publications, 442 scientific papers, and 41 books and chapters.

Dr Rémy-Jardin has served on the editorial boards of Radiology and European Radiology. She currently acts as journal reviewer for European Radiology, the European Respiratory Journal, the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, Chest and Thorax. Dr Rémy-Jardin is a member of the Fleischner Society, the American Thoracic Society, the Society of Thoracic Radiology, the European Society of Thoracic Imaging, the European Respiratory Society, the European Society of Radiology, the Radiological Society of North America, the French Society of Thoracic Imaging, and the French Society of Radiology, for which she served as President of the Scientific Committee. Dr Martine Rémy-Jardin was President of the European Society of Thoracic Imaging and awarded the Gold Medal of the European Society of Radiology.

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