Presented to: Dr Bart Lambrecht
This award recognises a researcher who has made an outstanding contribution in the field of asthma and who is currently pursuing an active research project in asthma.
Bart N. Lambrecht obtained an MD (1993) and PhD (1999) in Medicine at Ugent, Belgium and specialized in Pulmonary Medicine (2002) at Erasmus University Medical Center in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. He is Professor of Pulmonary Medicine at ErasmusMC and at UGent, and since 2012 he has been the director of the VIB Inflammation Research Center, hosting 250 scientists.
He is an ERC grant awardee and serves on the editorial board of Mucosal Immunology, Trends in Immunology and Journal of Experimental Medicine. He has (co)authored 265 papers in the field of asthma and allergy. The thematic area of his group is centred on unravelling the role of antigen presenting dendritic cells (DC) and epithelial cells in the lungs in asthma and viral infection.
His theories on the mechanisms of allergic sensitization are now the basis of many research efforts across the globe, and offer prospects for the design of new preventive and therapeutic avenues for asthma.
Still active as a clinician, Lambrecht is an example of a physician-scientist that pushes the boundaries of basic science on asthma.
The ERS Gold Medal in Asthma grants €50,000 to a researcher who has made an outstanding contribution in the field of asthma. This prize is financially supported by AstraZeneca.