ERS Early Career Member Award

Presented to: Chris Burtin

The ERS Early Career Member Award honours a promising member of the European Respiratory Society.

Chris Burtin

Chris Burtin graduated as a physiotherapist in 2005. He joined the clinical team of the department of Pulmonology at University Hospital Leuven, but gradually shifted his main interest towards scientific research. He obtained his PhD in the area of pulmonary rehabilitation at Catholic University Leuven in 2012, under the mentorship of Thierry Troosters and Rik Gosselink. He is currently working at Hasselt University, where he first served as a postdoctoral researcher under the mentorship of Martijn Spruit. In 2019, he was appointed as assistant professor in rehabilitation sciences. His current research focuses on extra-pulmonary sequelae of lung cancer and COPD. He co-authored 56 peer-reviewed articles (Web of Science H-Index 21) and currently supervises 4 PhD-students.

Besides his research activities, Chris teaches undergraduate and master’s students in physiotherapy at Hasselt University. He is also a guest teacher in several international master of physiotherapy programmes. He is the current chair of the Physiotherapists ERS Assembly Group 09.20, and is part of the core working group of physiotherapists within the Belgian Respiratory Society.

Chris was born and raised in Belgium. He is the father of two lovely children, Victor and Pauline. He is a quiz freak, an art and music lover and a strong advocate of Belgian beers.

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