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Assembly on Critical Care International Early Career Achievement Award

Meet the 2022 Winner: Dr. Emma Ridley


Dr Emma J Ridley is a senior critical care dietitian at The Alfred Hospital and Senior Research Fellow with the Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Research Centre (ANZIC-RC) where she is responsible for the strategic development of the nutrition research program within the ANZIC-RC, Melbourne and has international recognition as a leading critical care dietitian. Dr Ridley received her Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics in 2004, a Masters of Public Health in 2010 and completed her PhD titled “Clinical and functional consequences of energy provided by nutrition in critically ill adults” in 2018, all with Monash University, Melbourne, Australia.


This award recognizes a junior faculty with their primary appointment outside of the United States or Canada with exemplary achievements in a scientific area of interest to the Assembly and who demonstrates clear promise for a future of sustained productivity. The awardee will be honored at the CC Assembly gathering at the ATS International Conference. There is a small monetary award for this recognition (note: this will not cover expenses of travel to the meeting).


Candidate should be:

  • An active clinician or investigator in critical care medicine within ~10 years of completion of training (i.e., fellowship or terminal doctoral degree, whichever was completed/awarded latest). The bulk of the awardee’s research should have been performed outside the United States or Canada.
  • A CCA member (primary or secondary).
  • Contributions to the CC Assembly in the form of committee participation or leadership, promoting CCA diversity, and/or otherwise advancing the CCA’s mission will be viewed favorably.

The nomination package must include a nomination letter touching on all four scoring metrics (see below scoring rubric) from one or more members of ATS describing why the award is merited. Nominators should note in their letter any extenuating circumstances affecting the nominee. The curriculum vitae from the candidate must also be included with the nomination packet. Unawarded nominations from prior years do not carry over and should be resubmitted; previous awardees are not eligible for the same award.

Scoring Rubric:

 Applicants are scored on 4 criteria using a 1-5 rating system (with 1 being the best) across the below categories. In the event that none of the nominees in a given category receive an average score ≤3 , the Planning Committee may choose to defer granting an award in that category that year. If the Planning Committee does not receive any eligible nominations in a given category (e.g., CCA member, active clinician/investigator for roughly the stated time frame), the Committee may choose to nominate an individual, who must be unanimously approved by all members in order to receive the award.

  • Scientific Contributions/Products (which may include: research articles, data, reagents, software, and intellectual property)
  • Teaching/Mentoring/Educational/Advocacy Contributions
  • Participation in Assembly and ATS Activities (administrative, committees, workshops etc.)
  • Overall impact/impression of dossier submitted for award application


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View Previous Award Recipients

2021 - Joanne McPeake, PhD, MSc

2020 - Fernando Zampieri, MD, PhD

2019 - No Award Given

2018 - No Award Given

2017 - Theogene Twagirumugabe, MD, MMed, FCCM