The award was presented by the head of the NRS New Committee: Dr. Niki Reynaert, Maastricht University, that ranked the applications.
The Lung Cell Atlas describes the healthy human lungs, and the disease-associated changes in the cellular landscape of the airway wall in patients with childhood-onset asthma. The combination of innovative single-cell analyses with newly developed computational approaches resulted in the identification of unique cell states in the airway wall that had not been identified previously.
The award will be used to establish an animation for the use in presentations, on websites and on social media. This animation serves to inform the respiratory and patient community and the lay public on the Lung Cell Atlas initiative and to ask for feedback on the design of the atlas.
Between the announcement in June and the award ceremony in November, Dr. Nawijn already worked on the animation and a preview was shown during the ceremony.
Congratulations Dr. Nawijn!