University Hospital Mainz, Germany
David M. G. Halpin
Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital, Exeter, UK
He trained at Oxford & St Thomas Hospital Medical School: completing a D.Phil. in the Department of Human Anatomy, Oxford, before finishing his clinical training at St Thomas. He completed his postgraduate training in respiratory medicine at the Brompton Hospital.
He is a Fellow of Royal College Physicians, Member British Thoracic Society, European Respiratory Society & American Thoracic Society.
He leads a busy clinical department, continues research in respiratory medicine & has published widely. He lectures frequently around the world on COPD. He is an Associate Editor of Thorax.
He was the Chairman and Clinical Expert for the COPD Guideline Development Group of the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) in the UK.
Since 2010 he has also been Respiratory Clinical Lead for the NHS in the South West.
Centre National de Référence de l’Hypertension Pulmonaire Sévère, Université Paris-Sud, Le Kremlin-Bicêtre, France
In addition to his academic responsibilities, Marc Humbert is consultant and specialist at the National Referal Centre for Pulmonary Hypertension and Severe Asthma Clinic, Department of Respiratory and Intensive Care Medicine, Hôpital Bicêtre, Assistance-Publique Hôpitaux de Paris, France. Marc Humbert is Director of the INSERM UMR_S 999 “Pulmonary Hypertension: Pathophysiology and Innovative Therapies” and Director of the “Thorax Innovation” University Hospital Department. He is Vice Dean of the South Paris University School of Medicine, President of the Research Committee and Vice President of the Board of Directors of the Assistance-Publique Hôpitaux de Paris. He was the Editor of the Proceedings of the World Conference of Pulmonary Hypertension (Dana Point, 2008) and of the European Respiratory Review from 2009 to 2012. He is currently the Editor in Chief of the European Respiratory Journal. He has been awarded with the ERS Cournand Lecture in 2006 with a lecture on “The Burden of Pulmonary Hypertension”.
St. Vincent’s University Hospital, Dublin, Ireland
He is a medical graduate of UCD (1974) and has a long established track record in high level research and leadership. He is a leading international authority in translational research on the mechanisms and consequences of sleep-related breathing disorders particularly sleep apnoea, and has held competitive grants from agencies such as the Health Research Board (Ireland) on a continuous basis for close to 30 years. His research interests include the pathophysiology, treatment and outcomes of sleep apnoea syndrome, the cardiovascular and metabolic consequences of the disorder, basic cell and molecular mechanisms and consequences of intermittent hypoxia, in addition to sleep disturbances in COPD and other chronic respiratory disorders. He is also closely involved in the evaluation of novel ambulatory monitoring devices for sleep disorders. He is a past Associate Editor of the European Respiratory Journal, and has published over 170 papers in Pub-Med listed Journals (h-index in 2013 of 36), in addition to more than 30 book chapters, and has edited 3 textbooks on breathing disorders during sleep.
Prof. McNicholas has held many Leadership positions in National and International organisations, particularly President of the European Respiratory Society (2003-2004), and is current Vice President of the European Sleep Research Society and President of the European Board of Accreditation in Pneumology. He Chaired a COST Action (B26) on Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (2005-2010), and recently chaired a Working Group established by the European Commission on Sleep Apnoea and Driving (2012-2013), which is expected to lead to an official EU Directive on this topic.