International recognition for Bart Lambrecht (VIB-UGent-UZGent)

9 September 2017

​Prof. Bart Lambrecht of the VIB-UGent Center for Inflammation Research receives the ‘2017 ERS Gold medal in Asthma’. With this award the European Respiratory Society recognizes prof. Lambrecht for his outstanding contribution in the field of asthma and his current research projects in asthma.

The organization describes his contribution as follows: “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 Ceremony for the Gold Medal in Asthma will take place during the Opening Session of the ERS  International Congress 2017 in Milan (Italy) on Saturday 9 September.

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-UGent 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 centered on unravelling the role of antigen presenting dendritic cells (DC) and epithelial cells in the lungs in asthma and viral infection.

​Press release of ERS



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