Professor Thys van der Molen, long term member of the Groningen Research Insititute for Asthma and COPD and former member of the board of GRIAC, received the Swierenga Medal at the national “Longdagen”. The Swierenga Medal is to a highly esteemed individual who is active in the area of respiratory diseases in the broadest sense. Thys van der Molen received this award for his contribution to respiratory medicine in general practice and his academic achievements. The jury paid special attention for the societal impact worldwide of his work. The NRS Swierenga Medal is awarded by the Professor dr. Jaap Swierenga Foundation under the auspices of the Netherlands Respiratory Society.