This award is new for 2019, and is presented to multiple recipients to recognise their contributions to teaching and education in the field of respiratory medicine.
Dr. Maren Schuhmann
Respiratory physician at the Thoraxklinik-Heidelberg in Germany.
Dr. Schuhmann completed her medical studies in Ireland and further pursued medical training in the UK. With a keen interest in interventional bronchoscopy, Dr. Schuhman was an ERS fellow at the Thoraxklinik-Heildeberg in Germany where she became involved in teaching junior doctors with the support of different simulation systems. Nowadays, she is a respiratory physician at the same institution where she is also actively involved in setting up ERS courses.
As an ERS member, Dr. Schuhmann is highly invested in the skills workshops at the annual ERS Congress. She has also played a significant role in the development of the ERS EBUS curriculum as well as the teaching and evaluation of different parts of this training programme. In sum, Dr. Schuhmann's work speak to her passion for teaching junior doctors as well as her strong belief in the value of simulation training to teach new techniques to large and diverse groups of colleagues.
Professor Pierantonio Laveneziana
Associate professor at the Sorbonne University and Pitié-Salpêtrière University Hospital in Paris, France.
Prof. Laveneziana obtained his medical degree at the Sapienza University of Rome. He has has worked in research labs in Italy, Canada, the USA and France. He is director of the "Dyspnoea and Exercise" programme at the Respiratory Department of the Pitié-Salpêtrière University Hospital as well as the UMRS 1158 research unit at the Sorbonne University in Paris.
Prof. Laveneziana has authored more than 100 papers and book chapters. His research focuses on pathophysiology, mechanisms and language of dyspnoea as well as the ventilatory, respiratory mechanics and gas exchange responses to exercise and activity limitation in healthy subjects and patients with different respiratory diseases.
He is the recipient of an Investigator Award from the 5th World Symposium on Pulmonary Hypertension (2013) and a Marie Curie Actions - International Re-integration Grant (2010-2012). He is reviewer for more than 20 peer-reviewed journals, and he is a Director and member of several ERS Task Forces.
Professor Ernst Eber
Prof. Dr. Ernst Eber is Chair of the Department of Paediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, Head of the Division of Paediatric Pulmonology and Allergology and Cystic Fibrosis Centre, and Director of the Paediatrics and Adolescent Medicine Teaching Unit at the Medical University of Graz.
After finishing his medical studies in 1985 at the University of Graz in Austria, Dr. Eber has focused his career on paediatric pulmonology and allergology. With over 500 hundred publications, his scientific work has allowed him to obtain fellowships from the ERS and the American Thoracic Society as well as to receive two awards from the British Medical Association.
At home in Austria, he has served as Vice-President and member of the Executive Committee of the Austrian Society of Pneumology as well as a member of the Executive Committee of the Austrian Society of Paediatrics and Adolescent Medicine. In the ERS, Dr. Eber has taken on numerous roles as a member, editor, secretary, and chair for several committees, working groups, editorial boards and 15 task forces. He has also been involved in the organisation of the ERS Paediatric hands-on flexible bronchoscopy course and the Summer school of paediatric respiratory medicine on multiple occasions. As result of his significant contribution to myriad educational initiatives in the Society, this Teaching Award recognises Dr. Eber's relentless support to the ERS.
Professor Christian B. Laursen
Prof. Dr. Chrstian B. Laursen is Consultant and Head of Research at the Department of Respiratory Medicine, Odense University Hospital (Odense, Denmark) and Associate Professor at University of Southern Denmark (Odense, Denmark).
Dr. Laursen is one of the co-founders and course director of the ERS Skills Course in Thoracic Ultrasound. The course was initially developed as a national course in Denmark which in 2016 received ERS endorsement. He also helped further develop the course into an ERS Skills Course, consisting of a combination of dedicated e-learning and hands-on training. The course has been highly popular among ERS members and received excellent evaluations.
Alongside with the development of the skills course, Dr. Laursen has participated in the development of evidence based educational tools for competency assessment in Thoracic Ultrasound. From 2020, the skills course will be further expanded to an ERS Thoracic Ultrasound Training Program. The program will be based on elements from the skills course, the results of the conducted educational studies, and a collaboration between ERS, Oxford Pleural Unit, Oxford Centre for Respiratory Medicine (Oxford, UK), Southmead Hospital (Bristol, UK), Amsterdam UMC (Amsterdam, Netherlands), Copenhagen Academy for Medical Education and Simulation (CAMES)(Copenhagen, Denmark), Department of Emergency Medicine and Department of Respiratory Medicine (Odense, Denmark).