Martijn Nawijn and his team are the 2020 winners of the NRS Crossover Science Award Prof. Martijn Nawijn and his team (GRIAC) won the NRS Crossover Science Award 2020 for his work on the Lung Cell Atlas. It 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.
The award ceremony that was originally planned at the Longdagen 2020 will now take place during the NRS Young Investigator Symposium on the 13th of November 2020.