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BLF recognises young research stars of respiratory health

13 December 2011

The British Lung Foundation awarded prizes to two new rising stars for their outstanding research into respiratory health. Six candidates for the Early Career Investigator Award presented their work to a panel of judges at the British Thoracic Society’s Winter Meeting on 8 December. The winner won an £800 prize, while the runner up received £200.

The British Lung Foundation awarded prizes to winner Dr James Chalmers, University of Edinburgh and Dr Gwyneth Davies, Imperial College London who was runner up. Dr Chalmers, research investigated why some people are more genetically susceptible to bronchiectasis. Dr Davies work looked at a new gene-based therapy which aims to improve care for people living with cystic fibrosis.

Award winner Dr James Chalmers said:

"I am very grateful to the British Lung Foundation for the award of the 2011 Early Career Investigator Prize. I want to pursue a career in lung research, developing new treatments for patients with severe respiratory infections, such as those with pneumonia, frequent chest infections and cystic fibrosis. This award will help me to obtain the support I need to continue my research."

Talking about the award, Ian Jarrold, BLF Research Manager said:

"These competitive awards recognise the very best emerging talent in UK respiratory research and a new generation of gifted scientists who are working towards a brighter future for people with lung disease. We look forward to hearing much more from these researchers as they progress through their careers."

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