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ERS fellowships provide financial support to investigators, clinicians and respiratory practitioners in the early stages of their career for a respiratory research project in or outside of Europe. They boost careers, promote the exchange of knowledge and develop respiratory networks between countries.

Between October 2014 to June 2015, ERS funded 53 fellowships. Seven were in partnership with national and scientific societies, four by an unrestricted grant and four by the European Commission. ERS is continuously expanding the portfolio fellowships the Society offers.

ERS fellowships provide an invaluable experience for new skills development in another country. They boost careers, promote the exchange of knowledge and develop respiratory networks between countries. More information on

  • The ERS is proud to present the awardees of the Long-Term Research Fellowships 2015

    • Maryam ALEHASHEM (Scientifically Developing Countries Fellowship)
      Project: In vitro study of the bioreactivitry of diesel exhaust particles at the human alveolar gas-blood barrier
      Mobility: from Iran to the United Kingdom
    • Annabelle BEDARD
      Project: Prenatal nutrition and respiratory and atopic outcomes in childhood
      Mobility: from France to the United Kingdom
    • Adrian Arturo CECCATO (Scientifically Developing Countries Fellowship)
      Project: Rapid identification of the etiology of ventilator adquired pneumonia in ICU using nucleic acid amplification
      Mobility: from Argentina to Spain
    • Purevsuren LOSOL (Scientifically Developing Countries Fellowship)
      Project: FADS gene cluster DNA methylation and the role of breastfeeding in protection from asthma
      Mobility: from Mongolia to the United Kingdom
    • Manuel LOZANO
      Project: The relationship of novel biomechanical indices of neural respiratory drive and neuromechanical efficiency with disease severity and breathlessness in COPD
      Mobility: from Spain to the United Kingdom
    • Irina KONTSEVAYA
      Project: Development and validation of novel biomarkers for drug-resistant tuberculosis cure and treatment success
      Mobility: from Russia to the United Kingdom
    • Chiharu OTA
      Project: Role of cell-specific developmental Wnt signal impairment for chronic lung disease
      Mobility: from Japan to Germany
    • Emanuela ZANNIN
      Project: Longitudinal assessment of physiological markers of broncho-pulmonary dysplasia
      Mobility: from Italy to Switzerland
    • Fien VERHAMME
      Project: Characterization of airway epithelial cell populations in COPD
      Mobility: from Belgium to Germany
  • The ERS is proud to present the awardees of the Short-Term Research Training Fellowships from the October 2014 and April 2015 rounds.

    • Shadi BANIASADI (Scientifically Developing Countries Fellowship)
      Project: Utilizing ALICE technology for physiologically realistic aerosol-to-cell delivery of multifunctional mesoporous silica nanoparticles
      Mobility: from Iran to Germany
    • Lieuwe Durk Jacobus BOS (International Fellowship)
      Project: Assocation of pulmonary microbial communities and metabolic products during the development of pneumonia
      Mobility: from Netherlands to United States
    • David CHAPMAN
      Project: The effect of a high fat meal on airway hyperresponsiveness in asthma
      Mobility: from the United States to Italy
    • Kerstin HOEHNE
      Project: Investigation of CCL18 receptors binding
      Mobility: from Germany to France
    • Anna Hubertina Maria CLEUTJENS
      Project: Screening of cognitive impairment in COPD
      Mobility: from the Netherlands to Italy
    • Marijke DIELTJENS
      Project: Alterations in cardiovascular profile and neurocognitive function during non-invasive device therapy for obstructive sleep apnea
      Mobility: from Belgium to Sweden
    • Martin DRES (International Fellowship)
      Project: Ultrasonographic evaluation of the diaphragmatic function under mechanical ventilation in critically ill patients. Comparison with the bilateral phrenic stimulation - Reference technic
      Mobility: from France to Canada
    • Sébastien DUPASQUIER
      Project: The role of Wnt pathway in the abnormal phenotype of the COPD airway epithelium
      Mobility: from Belgium to Germany
    • Alexandra FIRSOVA
      Project: Paracrine effects of stem cells in an in vitro model of bronchopulmonary dysplasia of prematurity
      Mobility: from Sweden to Germany
    • Shigefumi FUKUI
      Project: The efficacy of sildenafil as a bridge therapy for pulmonary endarterectomy or balloon pulmonary angioplasty
      Mobility: from Japan to Italy
    • Anastasios GIANNOU
      Project: Using orthotopic tracheal transplantation to study airway progenitor cell fate during carcinogenesis
      Mobility: From Greece to Germany
    • Kerstin HOEHNE
      Project: Investigation of CCL18 receptors binding
      Mobility: from Germany to France
    • Ilona Elisabeth KELLER (International Fellowship)
      Project: Proteasome-dependent MHC I antigen-presentation in cigarette-smoke exposed and MHV-68 infected mice
      Mobility: from Germany to United States
    • Paul Joseph MCKIERNAN
      Project: Transcriptional regulation of the miR-17~92 cluster: an investigation into the role of estrogen in cystic fibrosis
      Mobility: from Ireland to United Kingdom
    • Ankita MITRA
      Project: Qualitative and quantitative evaluation of Wnt candidate gene expression levels in the lungs of mouse strains with divergent lung function
      Mobility: from India to Germany
    • Letizia Corinna MORLACCHI
      Project: Treatment of upper airway colonization in cystic fibrosis patients after lung transplantation
      Mobility: from Italy to Germany
    • Nikolay MOROZ
      Project: Epigenetic control of diaphragm atrophy during prolonged mechanical ventilation
      Mobility: from Canada to Belgium
    • Selina Mary PARRY
      Project: Understanding muscle wasting and intervention efficacy using muscle biopsy analysis in the respiratory critically ill population
      Mobility: from Australia to United Kingdom
    • Andreia Lucia PINTO
      Project: Ultrastructural studies in Primary Ciliary Diskinesia of the Respiratory tract"
      Mobility: From Portugal to United Kingdom
    • Athanasia PROKLOU
      Project: Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) and Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSAHS): Investigation of common pathogenetic pathways and emerging biomarkers
      Mobility: from Greece to United Kingdom
    • Nisreen RUMMAN (Scientifically Developing Countries Fellowship)
      Project: Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia (PCD) Diagnostic Testing in Countries with Limited Resources
      Mobility: From Palestinian Territory to United Kingdom
    • Sami Olavi SIMONS
      Project: Immunophenotyping the COPD frequent exacerbator phenotype
      Mobility: from Netherlands to United Kingdom
    • Savino SPADARO
      Project: A new technique for measuring inflammatory mediators in the bronchial mucosal lining fluid of patients with acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS)
      Mobility: from Italy to United Kingdom
    • Kalliopi TANOU
      Project: Clinical utility and feasibility of a shortened multiple breath washout technique and offline exhaled nitric oxide in preschool children with wheezing disorders
      Mobility: from Greece to United Kingdom
    • Dimitrios TOUMPANAKIS (International Fellowship)
      Project: Acute respiratory distress syndrome and mechanical ventilation induced fibrosis: Efficacy of bone marrow mesenchymal stromal cell therapy
      Mobility: from Greece to Canada
    • Ardak ZHUMAGALIYEVA (Scientifically Developing Countries Fellowship)
      Mobility: Diagnostics and management of alpha- 1 -antitrypsin deficiency
      Mobility: from Kazakhstan to Italy
  • The ERS is proud to present the awardees of the RESPIRE 2 Fellowships 2015

    Under EU/ERS co-funding

    EU flag This project has received funding from the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no PCOFUNDGA-2012-600368.


    • Joana Filipa DA SILVA DOMINGUES
      Project: Exploring the mechanisms of granuloma formation in vivo to prevent dissemination of a respiratory Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection: a live imaging approach
      Mobility: from the Netherlands to France
    • Amal HOUSSAINI
      Project: Cellular senescence in lung emphysema and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: role for the mTOR/ubiquitin-proteasome pathways
      Mobility: from France to Germany
    • Chuan-Xing LI
      Project: Systems medicine of COPD: multi-OMICS' based molecular subphenotyping of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease using network modeling approaches
      Mobility: from the United States to Sweden
    • Anirban SINHA
      Project: Temporal fluctuations of biomarkers in patients with asthma and controls: Proof of concept for predicting the severity of exacerbations
      Mobility: from India to the Netherlands

    Under ERS funding

    • Manosij GHOSH
      Project: Carbon nanotube induced genetic and epigenetic alterations as biomarkers for lung cancer risk
      Mobility: from India to Belgium
    • Julie LAVAL
      Project: Plasticity and functionality of neutrophils in cystic fibrosis airways
      Mobility: from the United States to Germany
    • Joannis PSALLIDAS
      Project: Proteomics analysis of malignant pleural effusion for prediction of favourable prognosis and pleurodesis success
      Mobility: from Greece to the United Kingdom
    • Christina TISCHER
      Project: 'Grey Spaces' as an early life determinant for respiratory health
      Mobility: from Germany to Spain
  • ERS works closely with a number of other organisations and we are proud to present the awardees of the 2015 Joint Fellowships with European and National Societies.

    Joint ERS/AIMAR Fellowship

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    • Chiara TRAVIERSO
      Project: A comparison of gastropulmonary aspiration in the semirecumbent and lateral-trendeleburg position in critically ill tracheally intubated patients"
      Mobility: from Italy to Spain

    Joint ERS/EMBO Fellowships


    • Lucas BOECK
      Project: Identification and characterization of efflux pumps in Mycobacterium abscessus
      Mobility: from Switzerland to the United Kingdom
    • Antoine FROIDURE
      Project: Transcriptional control of lung fibroblast phenotype in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis
      Mobility: from Belgium to France

    Joint ERS/CTS Peter Macklem Fellowship

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    • Jason WEATHERALD
      Project: Bronchodilator effects on exertional dyspnea and exercise performance in pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH)
      Mobility: from Canada to France

    Joint ERS/SEPAR Fellowships

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    • Heleen DEMEYER
      Project: Long term trajectory and effects of physical activity and sedentary behavior in patients with COPD
      Mobility: from Belgium to Spain
    • Gemma GAY-JORDI
      Project: Effect of alveolar type II cell transplantation on surfactant system in pulmonary fibrosis
      Mobility: from Spain to Germany
    • Maisem LAABEI
      Project: Investigating the effects of Cigarette Smoke on Bacterial Gene Expression and Intracellular Persistence
      Mobility: from United Kingdom to Spain
  • The ERS is proud to present the awardees of the Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension (PAH) Fellowships 2015, financially supported by an unrestricted grant from GSK

    Glaxo Smith Klein GSK

    • Mais ABSI
      Project: In vivo investigation of the role of KV channels in pulmonary hypertension in rodent
      Mobility: from United Kingdom to United States
    • Michiel DE RAAF
      Project: Let it flow, but not chafe; the interaction of shear stress on inflammation mediated endothelial dysfunction in Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension.
      Mobility: from the Netherlands to France
    • Morad NAKHLEH
      Project: Exploring Mechanisms and Early Detection of Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension via Breath and Lung Tissue Volatolomics
      Mobility: from Israel to France
    • Tao WANG
      Project: Epigenetic modifications in modulation of gene expression in cigarette smoke-mediated pulmonary arterial remodeling
      Mobility: from China to United Kingdom
  • ERS recognises the commitment, dedication and expertise of the College of Experts members who, several times a year, review applications under the lead of the ERS Research Director. ERS takes this opportunity to thank all members listed below.

    ERS College of Experts members who reviewed applications in 2014-2015:

    ERS Assembly 1: Clinical ERS Assembly 2: Respiratory Intensive Care  ERS Assembly 3: Cell and Molecular Biology Assembly
    Vasileios Andrianopoulos
    Katerina Antoniou
    Bruno Balbi
    Simonetta Baraldo
    Pierre-Regis Burgel
    Niels Chavannes
    Frits Franssen
    Stefano Gasparini
    Pavol Joppa
    Venerino Poletti
    Luca Richeldi
    Carlos Robalo Cordeiro Jr
    Gregoris Stratakos
    Sara Tomassetti
    Nadja Triller
    Carlo Vancheri

    Fekri Abroug
    Anne-Kathrin Brill
    Michelle Chatwin
    Mirela Ciontu
    Daniele Mike De Luca
    Michael Dreher
    Valentina Garelli
    Miguel Goncalves
    Patricia Rocco
    Raffaele Scala
    Jan Storre
    Rosanna Vaschetto
    Theodoros Vassilakopoulos
    Spyros Zakynthinos

    Hoeke Baarsma
    Konstantin Birukov
    Ioannis Bonovolias
    Laura Chimenti
    Joanna Chorostowska
    Rachel Clifford Jepson
    Donna Davies
    Rodolfo De Paula Vieira
    Canan Demir
    Maaike De Vries
    Amiq Gazdhar
    Arnaud Goolaerts
    Catherine Greene
    Edin Jusufovic
    Melanie Koenigshoff
    Maha Zohra Ladjemi
    Rene Lutter
    Christian Martin
    Silke Meiners
    Laura Nunez-Naveira
    Brian Oliver
    Patrick Pauwels
    Mark Perry
    Francesca Polverino
    Helmut H. Popper
    Abraham Roos
    Rosalinda Sorrentino
    Aleksandra Szczepankiewicz
    Masao Takata
    Martin Witzenrath
    Rica Zinsky
    Gernot Zissel

    ERS Assembly 4: Clinical physiology, Sleep and Pulmonary Circulation ERS Assembly 5: Airway Diseases ERS Assembly 6: Occupation and Epidemiology
    Andrea Aliverti
    Maria R. Bonsignore
    Wilfried De Backer
    Frances De Man Handoko
    Viliam Donic
    Laurent Godinas
    Alice Huertas
    Frédéric Lador
    Giuseppe Miserocchi
    Andrew Peacock
    Luis Puente Maestu
    Winfried J. Randerath
    Renata L Riha
    Rogerio Souza
    Arschang Valipour
    Anton Vonk Noordegraaf
    Mark Birrell
    Apostolos Bossios
    Afroditi Boutou
    Gaetano Caramori
    Jeong-Hee Choi
    Borja Cosio
    Reinoud Gosens
    Hans Jurgen Hoffmann
    Hannu Kankaanranta
    Paul Kirkham
    Konstantina Kontogianni
    Zsofia Lazar
    Jose Luis Lopez-Campos
    Renaud Louis
    Stylianos Loukides
    Eduardo Marquez
    Lauren Elizabeth MAYS
    Antonio Spanevello
    Aurelien Trompette
    Lena Uller

    Tor Aasen
    Peymane Adab
    Francesco Forastiere
    Judith Garcia Aymerich
    Paul K. Henneberger
    Lâm Thi Hoang
    Yves Martinet
    Torben Sigsgaard
    Charlotte Suppli Ulrik
    Philip Tonnesen
    Antigona Trofor
    Constantine Vardavas
    Giovanni Viegi
    Judith Vonk
    Jolanta Walusiak-Skorupa
    Emiel F. M. Wouters

     ERS Assembly 7: Paediatrics ERS Assembly 8: Thoracic Surgery and Transplantation ERS Assembly 9: Allied Respiratory Professionals

    Pinelopi Anagnostopoulou
    Michael Anthracopoulos
    Nicole Beydon
    Silvia Carraro
    Elif Dagli
    Liesbeth Duijts
    Luis Garcia Marcos
    Peter Greally
    Uta Griesenbach
    Graham Hall
    Dominik Hartl
    Claudia Kuehni
    Karin C. Lodrup Carlsen
    Enrico Lombardi
    Petr Pohunek
    Charles Christoph Roehr
    Sejal Saglani
    Alan Smyth
    Ben Daniel Spycher
    Maximo Vento

    Stefano Elia
    Martin Iversen
    Gilbert Massard
    Federica Meloni
    Franco Valenza
    Federico Venuta

    Chris Burtin
    Richard Debigaré
    Margareta Emtner
    Ghislaine Gayan-Ramirez
    Geralyn Hynes
    Deniz Inal-Ince
    Helga Jónsdóttir
    Daniel Langer
    Georgia Narsavage
    Christian Osadnik
    Fabio Pitta
    Vanessa Suziane Probst
    Andrew G. Robson
    Anne-Marie Russell
    Sheree M.S. Smith
    Maureen P Swanney
    Karl Sylvester
    Waldemar Tomalak
    Thierry Troosters
    Isabelle Vivodtzev

    ERS Assembly 10: Respiratory Infections ERS Assembly 11: Thoracic Oncology ERS would also like to thank
    Claire Andrejak
    Victor Botnaru
    James D. Chalmers
    Roberto Cosentini
    Prajakta Dandekar Jain
    George Dimopoulos
    Raquel Duarte
    Delia Goletti
    Elmira Ibraim
    Beate Kampmann
    Peter Lange
    Irene Latorre
    Adamantia Liapikou
    Neven Miculinic
    Marc Miravitlles
    Sebastian Ott
    Elena Prina
    Olga Rajas
    Abdullah Sayiner
    Alena Skrahina
    Florian von Groote-Bidlingmaier
    Tobias Welte
    Thomas Wilkinson
    Torsten Gerriet Blum
    Didier Cataldo
    Andriani Charpidou
    Filippo De Marinis
    Georgia Hardavella
    Gunnar Hillerdal
    Ioannis Kalomenidis
    Celine Mascaux
    Ioannis Psallidas
    Anna Rich
    Ales Rozman
    Lars Schmidt
    Jens Benn Sorensen
    Rainer G. Wiewrodt
    Martina Sterclova
  • ERS recognises the dedication and expertise of the Fellowships & Awards Working Group members who, several times a year, interview Long-Term and Respire 2 applicants under the lead of the ERS Research Director.

    ERS takes this opportunity to thank:

    • Ines Azevedo
    • Colin Bingle
    • Agnes Boots
    • Louise Donnelly
    • Michael Edwards
    • Rory Morty
    • Mariona Pinart Gilberga
    • Jaclyn Smith