Update 13 June 2017


The ECFS Award

The ECFS Award is given annually to honour a person who has made an outstanding contribution to our basic understanding of cystic fibrosis or to the treatment or care of patients with cystic fibrosis. The winner of the award is invited to present a lecture at the Opening Plenary of the annual ECFS conference in June.

ECFS Members are cordially invited to nominate a candidate for this award. The deadline for proposals is 15 February.

Proposals, accompanied by a detailed motivation and curriculum vitae of the candidate are to be mailed to the ECFS Executive Director, Christine Dubois (christine.dubois@ecfs.eu).

The Gerd Döring Award

The Gerd Döring Award is given annually to honour an exceptional early career young European scientist. The Award, a monetary donation of 5,000 euro to support research, is presented at the Opening Plenary of the annual ECFS conference.

The award is primarily judged (80%) on a paper published in the previous 3 calendar years which has made a significant impact on the understanding or treatment of Cystic Fibrosis. Personal motivation and CV will make a 20% contribution to the scoring.

The award is open to PhD students and post-doctoral researchers with up to a maximum of four years’ academic research experience following the completion of their PhD, or be of equivalent professional standing at the date of publication of the paper.

We encourage mentors, supervisors and co-workers of today's most exceptional early career European scientists to send in nominations for this competition. Self-nomination is also encouraged. The deadline for proposals is 15 February.

Nominations, accompanied by a detailed motivation, a PDF of the nominated paper and curriculum vitae of the candidate are to be mailed to the ECFS Executive Director, Christine Dubois (christine.dubois@ecfs.eu).

The Ettore Rossi Medal

From 2002 to 2007 the Ettore Rossi Medal Award was presented to honour a person who has made an outstanding contribution to our basic understanding of cystic fibrosis or to the treatment or care of patients with cystic fibrosis.  In 2008 the ECFS Award was introduced to perpetuate the tradition of the Rossi Award. 

Gerd Döring Award Winners

2017
2014 2015 2016

Ettore Rossi Winners

2005 2006 2007
2002 2003 2004

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2017 - 40th Conference - Seville, Spain

ECFS Award: Dr. Jeffrey Beekman

Dr. Jeffrey Beekman (NL) receiving the award from the ECFS President, Prof.Kris De Boeck
The ECFS Award has been presented to Dr. Beekman for his work CF intestinal organoid model.

Gerd Döring Award

 

The Gerd Döring Award was presented to Dr. Viola Camilla Scoffone (IT), in acknowledgement of her work B. cenocepacia.

Young Investigators Awards

  • Katie Farrant, London, United Kingdom
  • Katharina Staufer, Vienna, Austria
  • Yanan Wang, Adelaide, Australia

Best Poster Awards

  • Genetics / Neonatal Screening/Diagnosis: Nataliya Kashirskaya, Moscow, Russia
  • Cell Biology/Physiology/New Therapies: Sara Cuevas Ocana, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
  • Immunology/Pulmonology/Inflammation: Thomas Scambler, Leeds, United Kingdom
  • Microbiology/Antibiotics: Abigail Cowley, Manchester, United Kingdom
  • Physiotherapy: Victoria Keenan, Southampton, United Kingdom
  • Gastroenterology/Liver Disease/Endocrinology/Metabolic Complications: Etna Masip, Valencia, Spain
  • Nutrition/Growth: Anne Mößeler, Hannover, Germany
  • Nursing/Psychosocial Issues: Heledd Lewis, Cardiff, United Kingdom
  • Epidemiology/Registry: Sabi Hippolyte, London, United Kingdom

2016 - 39th Conference - Basel, Switzerland

ECFS Award: Prof.Diana Bilton

 

Prof.Diana Bilton receiving the award from the ECFS President, Prof.Kris De Boeck
The ECFS Award has been presented to Professor Diana Bilton for her outstanding contribution to to the treatment and care of patients with cystic fibrosis.

Gerd Döring Award

 

The Gerd Döring Award was presented to Gillian Lavelle (IE)
Dr. Gillian Lavelle is a post-doctoral research scientist in the Respiratory Research Laboratory of Professor Gerry McElvaney in RCSI, Dublin. Gillian obtained her undergraduate degree in Microbiology from Trinity College Dublin before completing her PhD in RCSI in 2015. Gillian’s studies culminated in the publication of the manuscript entitled “The basophil surface marker CD203c identifies Aspergillus species sensitisation in patients with cystic fibrosis”, published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology in 2015 in collaboration with Stanford University.

Young Investigators Awards

  • Katie Bayfield, London, United Kingdom
  • Lionelle Nkam, Paris, France
  • Vilma Rautemaa, Manchester, United Kingdom


Best Poster Awards

  • Genetics / Screening/Diagnosis - Petr Kuban, Brno, Czech Republic
  • CFTR/Cell Biology/New Therapies/Immunology/Inflammation - Gitte Berkers, Utrecht, The Netherlands
  • Microbiology - Katarzyna Semczuk, Warsaw, Poland 
  • Pulmonology / Physiotherapy - Helen Douglas, London, United Kingdom
  • Gastroenterology/Liver Disease/Endocrinology/Nutrition/Growth - Elpis Hatziagorou, Thessaloniki, Greece
  • Epidemiology / Registry - Zhe Hui Hoo Sheffield, United Kingdom
  • Poster Nursing / Psychosocial Issues / Quality Improvement - Jorunn Homme, Oslo, Norway

 

2015 - 38th Conference - Brussels, Belgium

ECFS Award: Dr.Carlo Castellani

Dr.Carlo Castellani receiving the award from the ECFS President, Prof.Kris De Boeck

The 2015 ECFS Award was presented to Dr.Carlo Castellani (Italy)  to acknowledge his substantial and remarkable contribution to cystic fibrosis research and care. His main clinical and research interests lie in CF epidemiology, genotype/phenotype correlation, CF diagnosis, CFTR-related disorders, neonatal screening and CF adult care.

Gerd Döring Award: Florijn Dekkers (NL)

To honour the enormous contribution of Prof.Gerd Döring the ECFS has initiated a Gerd Döring Award that will be given annually to honour an exceptional early career young European scientist. This award includes a monetary grant of € 5000 to support research.

The first Gerd Döring Award was presented to Florijn Dekkers (NL)
Florijn Dekkers started her PhD project in 2010 in Jeffrey Beekman's lab in Utrecht, The Netherlands. Her main research focussed on CF organoids, a stem cell-based culture technology that allows rapid and limitless expansion of subject-specific tissue. Her paper published by Nature Medicine and describing forskolin induced swelling of intestinal organoids as disease model for CF was the first disease model in adult stem cultures with great impact on CF diagnosis, drug discovery and personalized medicine.

This paper described a novel functional CFTR assay in organoids generated from rectal tissue biopsies. This simple and robust assay relies on CFTR-dependent phenotypic organoid swelling induced by forskolin, and can be used to quantitate the residual subject-specific CFTR function and response to CFTR-modulating drugs.  

Young Investigators Awards:

  • Susanne Dittrich, Heidelberg, Germany
  • Rebecca Keyte, Birmhingham, United Kingdom
  • Emma Reece, Dublin Ireland


Best Poster Awards

  • Genetics / Screening/Diagnosis: A.Mazur, Switzerland
  • Immunology/Inflammation/Cell Biology/New Therapies: Marianne Carlon, Belgium
  • Upper and Lower Airways / Physiotherapy: Luigi Graziano, Italy
  • Microbiology: Sabine M.P.J. Prevaes, The Netherlands
  • Gastroenterology/Nutrition/Bone/Vitamine D/Liver Disease: Griet Debyser, Belgium
  • Complications of CF/ Epidemiology / Registry: Chris Goss, USA
  • Nursing / Psychosocial Issues / Quality Improvement: Renata Zubrzycka, Poland

 

2014 - 37th Conference - Gothenburg, Sweden

ECFS Award: Prof. Eitan Kerem

Prof. Eitan Kerem (left)receiving the award from ECFS President, Prof. Stuart Elborn

The 2014 ECFS Award was presented to Professor Eitan Kerem (Israel) to acknowledge his substantial and remarkable contribution to cystic fibrosis research. His interest in Cystic Fibrosis spans all aspects, i.e., the association between phenotype and genotype, prognostic factors for disease severity and prediction of mortality, the molecular mechanisms for disease variability, and development of new mutation-specific pharmacological therapies to correct the basic defects in Cystic Fibrosis. The promotion of the medical, ethical and rights aspects of children with chronic diseases is at the forefront of his interest. He published many papers in this field and is known for his advocacy for children in need.

He also has a record of building bridges between Israelis and Palestinians furthering peace through medicine wherever possible.

Young Investigators Awards

  • Brice Hoffmann, Paris, France
  • Katherine O’Neill, Belfast, United Kingdom
  • Rasmus L. Marvig, Copenhagen, Denmark


Best Poster Awards

  • CFTR/Cell Biology/Cell Physiology/ New Therapies - Maaike Berkhout, The Hague, The Netherlands
  • Genetics/Screening/Diagnosis - Andrea Holubová, Prague, Czech Republic
    • Genetics/Screening/Diagnosis: Highly Commended - Corina Rueegg, Lucerne, Switzerland
    • Genetics/Screening/Diagnosis: Highly Commended - Samya Nasr, Ann Arbor, MI United States
    • Genetics/Screening/Diagnosis: Highly Commended - Veronika Krulišová, Prague, Czech Republic
  • Microbiology – Nina Cramer, Hannover, Germany
  • Immunology/Inflammation/Pulmonology – Jochen Mainz, Jena, Germany
  • Nursing / Psychosocial Issues – Frederick Frost, Liverpool, United Kingdom
  • Gastrointestinal / Liver Disease / Metabolic Complications of CF/ Nutrition – Anne Mößeler, Hannover, Germany
  • Physiotherapy – Fiona Shaw, London, United Kingdom
  • Epidemiology – Registry / Delivery of Care – Emem Ukor, Cambridge, United Kingdom

 

2013 - 36th Conference - Lisbon, Portugal

ECFS Award: Prof. Kevin Webb


Prof. Kevin Webb (right)receiving the award from ECFS President, Prof. Stuart Elborn

The 2013 ECFS Award was presented to Professor Kevin Webb (United Kingdom) to acknowledge his substantial and remarkable contribution to cystic fibrosis care over 30 years. Also to recognise and honour the huge contribution his scientific research has had on our understanding of clinical care, genetics, and therapy – and the importance of cross infection of Burkholderia cepacia complex organisms and Pseudomonas aeruginosa.

Young Investigators Awards

  • Sheila Scheinert, Berlin, Germany
  • Arlene Glasgow, Belfast, United Kingdom
  • Sophie Cammidge, Leeds, United Kingdom

 

Best Poster Awards

  • Genetics - CFTR/Cell Biology/Cell Physiology - Nikhil Awatade, United Kingdom
  • Screening/Diagnosis - Aleksandra Norek, Poland
    • Screening/Diagnosis: Highly Commended - Pedro Mondejo-Lopez, Spain
    • Screening/Diagnosis: Highly Commended -  Elke De Wachter, Belgium
  • New Therapies - Peter Barry, United Kingdom
  • Microbiology - Sandra dos Santos,  Portugal
  • Immunology/Inflammation/Pulmonology - Arlene Glasgow, United Kingdom
  • Physiotherapy - Michael Doumit, Australia
  • Gastrointestinal / Liver Disease / Metabolic Complications of CF - Trond Engjom, Norway
  • Nutrition - Marianna Daldoss, Italy
  • Nursing / Psychosoal Issues - Rodrigo Sousa, Portugal
  • Epidemiology - Registry / Delivery of Care - Toby Toward, United Kingdom

 

2012 - 35th Conference - Dublin, Ireland

ECFS Award: Prof. Niels Høiby

The 2012 ECFS Award was presented to Professor Niels Høiby (Denmark) in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the understanding of Pseudomonas lung infection and translating this knowledge into better outcomes for people with cystic fibrosis.  He was also recognised for his contribution as the Founding President of the European Cystic Fibrosis Society and his lifelong commitment to the CF center in Copenhagen.

Prof. Niels Høiby (right) receiving the award from ECFS President, Prof. Stuart Elborn

Young Investigators Awards

  • Kerstin Pohl, Dublin, Ireland
  • Pieter Goeminne , Leuven, Belgium
  • Sarah Rand, London, United Kingdom

 

Best Poster Awards

  • Genetics – CFTR/CellBiology/CellPhysiology - MarkBazett, Canada
  • Genetics: HighlyCommended - CarolinaCrespo, Argentina
  • Cesare Romano Award for Cystic Fibrosis Research (Screening/ Diagnosis) - Toni Torresani, Switzerland
  • Screening/Diagnosis: Highly Commended - Maria Machado, Uruguay
  • Cesare Romano Award for Cystic Fibrosis Research (New Therapies) - Lydia Powell, United Kingdom
  • Microbiology - Leanne McIlreavey, United Kingdom
  • Immunology/Inflammation/Pulmonology - Kelly Moffitt, United Kingdom
  • Physiotherapy - Maggie McIlwaine, Canada
  • Gastrointestinal/Liver Disease/Metabolic Complications of CF - N.H. McClenaghan, United Kingdom
  • Nutrition - I. Ramirez, United States
  • Nursing / Psychosocial Issues - Astrid Fidika, Germany
  • Epidemiology – Registry/Delivery of Care - Elke De Wachter, Belgium

 

2011 - 34th Conference - Hamburg, Germany

ECFS Award: Prof. Gerd Döring

The ECFS Award was presented to Prof. Gerd Döring (Germany) in recognition of his outstanding contribution to unravelling of the complexities of infection and innate immunity in the CF lung and translating this knowledge into better treatment for people with CF. The ECFS also wished to recognise and honour the huge contribution he has made to the development of scientific research and clinical care in Europe through his leadership of the European Cystic Fibrosis Society. 

Prof. Gerd Döring (left) receiving the award from ECFS President Stuart Elborn

Young Investigator Awards

  • Tamara del corral Núñez-Flores, Spain
  • Catriona Kelly, United Kingdom
  • Mette Kolpen, Denmark

 

Cesare Romano Awards for Cystic Fibrosis Research

  • Valentina Paracchini | Matthew Hurley

 

Best Poster Awards

  • CFTR / Cell Biology/Physiology: Caroline Raynal
  • Microbiology/ Antibiotics: Dervla Kenna
  • Immunology/ Inflammation: Lorraine Martin
  • Pulmonology: David Taylor-Robinson
  • Special Mention Poster (Pulmonology category): William Flight
  • Physiotherapy: Monica Donà
  • Gastroenterology/Liver Disease/Metabolic Complications: Lena Hjelte
  • Nutrition: Katy Hester
  • Nursing/Psychosocial Issues: Lisa Reynolds
  • Epidemiology/Registry/Delivery of care/Other Issues: H. Ambrose

 

2010 - 33rd Conference - Valencia, Spain

ECFS Award: Prof. Margarida Amaral and Dr. David Sheppard

The 2010 ECFS Award was presented to Margarida D. Amaral, Ph.D. and David N. Sheppard, Ph.D. in recognition of their huge contribution towards a European approach to CF, the testimony being the overwhelming success of the EuroCareCF project. The ECFS also wished to recognize their contribution towards the highly successful annual ECFS Basic Science Conferences initiated by Margarida Amaral in 2004.

From left to right: Dr. David Sheppard, Dr. Amparo Solé - President of the 33rd Conference, Prof. Margarida Amaral, Prof. Stuart Elborn - President ECFS

Young Investigator Awards

  • Annika Schmidt, Germany
  • Stefanie Diemer, Germany
  • Tiffany Dwyer, Australia


Cesare Romano Awards for Cystic Fibrosis Research

  • Alix de Becdelièvre, France
  • Uwe Schushnig, Germany


Best Poster Awards

  • CFTR/Cell Biology/Physiology: Rémy Sauvé, Canada
  • Microbiology/Antibiotics: Timothy Kidd, Australia
  • Immunology/Inflammation: Stefanie Diemer, Germany
  • Pulmonology: Kent Green, Denmark
  • Physiotherapy: Tiffany Dwyer, Australia
  • Gastroenterology/Liver Disease/Metabolic Complications: Rifat Rashid, UK
  • Nutrition: Meenu Rezaie, UK
  • Nursing/Psychosocial Issues: Evelyn Janetta, UK
  • Epidemiology/Registry: Abaigeal Jackson, Ireland


2009 - 32nd Conference - Brest, France

ECFS Award

The ECFS Award was jointly presented to Prof. Lap Chee Tsui, Prof. Batsheva Kerem, Prof. Francis Collins and Prof. John Riordan - 20 Years of CFTR Gene Discovery.
The discovery of the gene responsible for cystic fibrosis in 1989 was a major milestone in our understanding of cystic fibrosis and also represented at that time a significant advance in the approach to identifying genes responsible for disease.  The discovery of the gene represented collaborative work between laboratories, at that time in Michigan and in Toronto. This has been a great model for subsequent collaborative work using this genetic information to better understand how cystic fibrosis is caused and new treatments to correct the basic gene and protein defects.

Prof. Lap Chee Tsui

Prof. Batsheva Kerem

Prof. Francis Collins

Prof. John Riordan

Young Investigator Awards

  • Johanna Bertrand, France
  • Tobias Bensel, Germany
  • Loïc Drévillon, France

Cesare Romano Poster Awards

  • Screening & Diagnosis: Inez Bronsveld, The Netherlands
  • New Therapies: Caroline Norez, France

Best Poster Awards

  • Genetics: Alexander Hinzpeter, France
  • CFTR/Cell Biology/Physiology: Nathalie Benz, France
  • Microbiology: Gloria Herrmann, Germany
  • Immunology/Inflammation: Paola Del Porto, Italy
  • Pulmonology: Iara Sequeiros, United Kingdom
  • Physiotherapy: Anne Holland, Australia
  • GI/Liver Disease/Metabolic Complications of CF/Nutrition: Ans Pauwels, Belgium
  • Nursing/Psychosocial Issues: Georg Seitz, Germany
  • Epidemiology/Registry/Other Issues: Nadine Pellen, France

Ancla

2008 - 31st Conference - Prague, Czech Republic

ECFS Award: Prof Véra Vávrová

Presentation

Prof Véra Vávrová (Czech Republic) receiving the award from ECFS President Stuart Elborn

Young Investigator Awards

  • Diana Treis, Germany
  • Malena Cohen, Israel
  • Joe Fothergill, UK

 

Ancla

2007 - 30th Conference - Belek, Turkey

6th Ettore Rossi Medal Award: Dr. Edith Puchelle

Dr. Puchelle (France) receiving the award from ECFS Vice-President Stuart Elborn

Best Poster Awards

  • Basic Science: Mathieu Kerbirou, France 
  • Pulmonology: Zeynep Uyan, Turkey
  • Gastroenterology: Elizabether Shead, UK

 

2006 - 29th Conference - Copenhagen, Denmark

5th Ettore Rossi Medal Award: Dr. Chistian Koch (in memorium)

Mrs. Koch (Denmark) receiving the Rossi Award from ECFS President Prof. Gerd Döring

Best Poster Awards

  • Basic Science: R. Hajj, France 
  • Pulmonology: B.Fauroux, France
  • Nutrition:T.Moudiou, Greece


2005 - 28th Conference - Crete, Greece

4th Ettore Rossi Medal Award: Prof. John Govan

Prof. John Govan (UK) receiving the Rossi Award from ECFS President Prof. Gerd Döring

Best Poster Awards

  • Basic Science:  G. Tanguy, France 
  • Pulmonology: M.Skov, Denmark 
  • Gastroenterology: C. Benden, UK

 

2004 - 27th Conference - Birmingham, United Kingdom

3rd Ettore Rossi Medal Award: Dr. James Littlewood

Lecture

Dr. Littlewood (UK) receiving the Rossi Award from ECFS President Prof. Gerd Döring

Best Poster Awards

  • Basic Science Poster: A. Robay, France 
  • Pulmonology:  D.Chen, USA
  • Gastroenterology: M.J. C. Bijvelds, The Netherlands

 

2003 - 26th Conference - Belfast, United Kingdom

2nd Ettore Rossi Medal Award: Prof Gianni Mastella (IT) 

Prof. Gianni Mastella - Rossi Award Winner

Best Poster Awards

  • Basic Science (Joint Winner): A. Jones, United Kingdom
  • Basic Science (Joint Winner): A. Hasnain, France
  • Pulmonology:H. Curtis, United Kingdom 
  • Gastroenterology: S. Kolouskova, Czech Republic

2002 - 25th Conference - Genoa, Italy

1st Ettore Rossi Medal Award: Prof. Margaret Hodson (UK)

Prof. Margaret Hodson

Best Poster Awards

  • Basic Science: J. Doudement   
  • Pulmonology: M.O.Hussen 
  • Gastroenterology: A.L. Cawood


2001 - 24th Conference - Vienna, Austria

Best Poster Awards

  • Basic Science: D. Penque
  • Clinical Science: D.M. Button

 

2000 - 13th ICFC Stockholm, Sweden

Best Oral Award

  • M. Chanson, Switzerland

Best Poster Award

  • Jost

 

1999 - 23rd ECFC - The Hague, The Netherlands

Best Poster Awards

  • Basic Science: M. Mall, Germany
  • Pulmonology:H. Wu
  • Gastroenterology: M.McCloskey