The Paul Ehrlich Award 2015 for improving experimental research is awarded to Professor Wytske Fokkens. Wytske J. Fokkens is Professor and Chairman of the Department of Otorhinolaryngology at the Academic Medical Center in Amsterdam. Her main field of interest is sinus surgery and mucosal pathology of the upper and lower airways. She is the current President of the European Rhinologic Society (ERS) and the International Society of Infection and Allergy of the Nose (ISIAN). She is also the Chairman of the European Position Paper on Rhinosinusitis and Nasal Polyps (EPOS). Professor Fokkens is a member of the executive committees of ARIA and ERS, and work package and centre leader of GA2LEN, the EU network of excellence. She is the author of more than 300 papers on allergy and rhinology published in peer-reviewed journals. She has written a textbook on rhinology: Rhinology and Skull Base Surgery: From the Lab to the Operating Room – An Evidence Based Approach (Thieme). She serves as Editor-in-Chief of Rhinology and is Associate Editor of the Allergy and Clinical Respiratory Journals. She is married and has three children.
The Clemens von Pirquet Award 2015 for improving clinical research is awarded to Professor Anne Moneret-Vautrin. Denise Anne Moneret-Vautrin is Professor Emeritus of Allergology at the medical faculty of the Henri Poincaré Nancy University in Lorraine, France. She is the President of the Allergy Vigilance Network and a member of the prestigious French National Academy of Medicine. She is a dedicated internist, allergist and scientist, looking deep into the immunological mechanisms causing (food) allergic reactions, and providing information and support to improve the quality of life of the allergic patient. She has a longstanding track record in allergy research, mirrored by more than 380 papers listed in PubMed, and is a highly respected authority in France. Professor Moneret-Vautrin is also the founder of the Allergy Vigilance Network, which indexes cases of anaphylaxis, provides data on actual prevalence of food allergies, and implements post marketing surveillance of the allergic risk of foods. This first model of an anaphylaxis registry prompted clinicians in other countries to establish similar activities. As a true European, she recently joined forces with the German anaphylaxis registry to develop a European-wide registry, providing service for health-care specialists across Europe. Professor Moneret-Vautrin has trained more than one generation of clinicians and is still highly active investigating hot-topics in food allergy. She is well-known for tackling up-to-date topics, such as novel foods and new food products with allergenic risks, prompting a colleague to say: “Whenever you want to investigate new questions in food allergy, check first if it hasn’t already been published by Professor Moneret-Vautrin.”