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Assembly on Pulmonary Rehabilitation Early Career Research Achievement Award

Meet the 2022 Winner: Alex Jenkins, PhD



Dr. Alex Jenkins is a post-doctoral researcher at McGill University (Canada) under the supervision of Dr. Dennis Jensen. Alex Jenkins completed his PhD at the University of Lincoln (UK) under the supervision of Dr. Arwel Jones & Dr. Neil Holden. His PhD focussed on the immune responses to exercise, delivered within the context of pulmonary rehabilitation, in people with COPD who experience frequent exacerbations. After finishing his PhD, Alex worked as a respiratory research officer at the University of Nottingham (UK), helping to deliver a nationwide cohort study of early COPD under the guidance of Prof. Charlotte Bolton. During which time, Alex was the first recipient of the ERS Emiel F.M. Wouters short-term research fellowship specializing in the field of pulmonary rehabilitation, where he worked under the supervision of Prof. Martijn Spruit to deliver a project on estimating MCID’s of pulmonary rehabilitation dependent upon baseline values. In late 2021, Alex moved to McGill University in Canada to begin a postdoctoral research fellowship following receiving funding from the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Santé. His current research is focussing on the impact of body composition on perceptual and physiological responses to exercise in COPD. Alex is an active member of the ATS and has a keen side interest in guideline development, working as a methodologist on ATS clinical practice guidelines.


This award is given to a Pulmonary Rehabilitation (PR) Assembly member (primary or secondary) who has recognized scientific contribution(s) to the principles and practice of pulmonary rehabilitation and has made contributions to PR Assembly (and ATS) activities. Relevant research contributions may include but are not limited to: program structure, program content, outcomes or outcome measures, skeletal muscle dysfunction, exercise training, adjuncts to exercise training, mechanisms underlying benefits of PR, education, self- management, health-enhancing behavior change, social or psychological support, knowledge translation and program accreditation. 


  • At the time of submission nominees must be a maximum of 7 years from date of conferral of highest research degree, or, if no research degree, from date of first faculty appointment (career disruption will be considered).

Proposers must submit a nomination package including: 

  1. Details and confirmation of the nominee’s status as a primary or secondary member of the PR Assembly
  2. Date of conferral of doctoral level degree
  3. Date of first faculty appointment (if applicable).
  4. A one page letter from a primary member of the Assembly describing the nominee’s contributions (including to the PR Assembly/ATS) and why the award is appropriate
  5. The nominee’s curriculum vitae, including details of career disruption where relevant.


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View Previous Award Recipients

2021 - Heleen Demeyer, PT, PhD
2020 - Rachel Evans, MBChB, FRCP, PhD
2019 - Claire Marie Nolan, MSc, PhD, and Chris Burtin, PT, PhD
2018 - Narelle S. Cox, PhD, PT
2017 - William Man, MD, PhD
2016 - Frits Franssen, MD, PhD
2015 - Xavier Soler, PhD, MD