Professor E. M. Irusen, FCP(SA), Pulmonology, PhD, is a principal specialist and Clinical Head of the Pulmonology and Critical Care Division of the Department of Internal Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Stellenbosch and Tygerberg Academic Hospital in Cape Town, South Africa. He is widely published and has tremendous experience in these speciality fields. His PhD training in molecular immunology and biology related to asthmatic inflammation was undertaken under the supervision of Professors Fan Chung and Peter Barnes at the Royal Brompton Hospital and the Unit of Thoracic Medicine of the National Heart and Lung Institute at Imperial College. He has won numerous awards for his research, both local and international. He has served on the Council of SA Thoracic Society and is the immediate former president. He is currently the South African national representative in the European Respiratory Society, GOLD and on the international executive of the International COPD Coalition.