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Assembly on Pulmonary Rehabilitation Mid Career Research Achievement Award

Meet the 2023 Winner: Neil J. Greening, MBBS, PhD, FRCP, BMedSci


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Neil Greening is an Associate Professor at the University of Leicester and Honorary Consultant Respiratory Physician at Glenfield Hospital, Leicester, UK. He qualified from Newcastle University in 2004 before moving to Leicester to undergo specialist training and undertaking a PhD. He was awarded a prestigious NIHR fellowship in 2017 to investigate the impact of exacerbations and hospitalization on function and skeletal muscle.

He has been a member of the ATS since 2010 (his first ATS), always with Primary affiliation with the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Assembly. He has previously served on the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program Committee (2017-2020), as well as speaking at symposia, web journal clubs and being part of the excellent mentorship program.

Dr Greening has a special interest in COPD, being part of a complex COPD service, integrated care COPD MDT and leads the lung volume reduction service in Leicester, UK. Academically Dr Greening’s research focusses around extra-pulmonary consequences including sarcopenia, particularly in the peri-exacerbation state. He also conducts research around interventions for exacerbations of COPD, embedding in his interest around Pulmonary Rehabilitation and muscle dysfunction.

Internationally Dr Greening was part of the British Thoracic Society (BTS) Pulmonary Rehabilitation Guidelines (2013) and Quality Standards (2014), as well as serving on the BTS Science and Research Committee (2012-2017). He was part of the National UK COPD Audit: Pulmonary Rehabilitation Workstream (2013-2015).


This award is given to  a PR Assembly member (primary or secondary) who has recognized scientific contribution(s) to the principles and practice of pulmonary rehabilitation and demonstrated meaningful contribution(s) to the PR Assembly 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.  Applicants may have previously received an Early Career Research Achievement Award.


At time of submission nominees must be a maximum of 15 years from date of highest research degree, or, if no research degree, from date of first faculty appointment (career disruption will be considered).

Proposers must sub This a mit 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 Assembly/ATS) and why the award is appropriate
  5. The nominee’s curriculum vitae, including details of career disruption where relevant.


Applications will be scored on the basis of the details provided in the submitted nomination.

Awards will only be given where suitable candidates are nominated.


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View Previous Award Recipients

2022- Narelle Cox, PT, MSci, PhD

2021 - William Man, MD, PhD