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Paul Zimmerman Young Investigator Award

This annual Award is offered for the best physiology paper accepted for presentation at the APSR Congress in Taipei 29 November – 2 December 2018.

Dr Zimmerman is a legend of Thoracic Medicine in Australia. He has contributed immensely to clinical care, teaching and education of many generations of respiratory clinicians and scientists. He has served the people of Queensland for many years, building a legion of grateful patients and families, and shaped respiratory medicine in that part of Australia. His philosophy is pure and unparalleled with consistent support for helping people at risk of and affected by lung disease building on three strands: world-class people, supported by sustainable research funding in a dynamic setting where clinical relevance and academic rigour interact.

This award is generously provided by Dr Zimmerman for the advancement of physiology research by an APSR Young Investigator from an Asia-Pacific LMIC, who is presenting original work at the APSR Congress. It serves to spur on the next generation of physiology researchers to reach the achievements of Dr Zimmerman through hard work, scholarship, vital peer support and mentorship.

Award includes:

  • $500 (jointly funded by Dr Zimmerman and the APSR)
  • Invitation to the Gala Dinner (or similar social event) at the Congress
  • Commemorative certificate

Where the paper has more than one author, the $500 and invitation to the social event will be for one of the authors, selected by the paper's senior author. The certificate will be in the name of all the paper's authors.


Awardees must be:
  • an APSR member (en bloc or individual)
  • aged ≤40 at the start of the Congress
  • normally resident in the Asia-Pacific, in a country or region regarded by the WHO as a LMIC (low-to-middle income country)
  • the First Author of a physiology paper accepted for presentation at the APSR Congress in Taipei and able to attend the Congress in person.


  • The paper is selected by the Local Congress Committee, supported by the APSR Respiratory Neurobiology and Sleep Assembly, which ranks the papers for their novelty, importance, methodology, clarity and overall quality. A consensus on the best paediatric paper is then obtained through a rigorous judging system.

Award presentation:

Post-congress requirements:

  • In accepting the offer of the award, the author attending the Congress is required to send their report (circa 500 words) of their experience at the Congress to the APSR Secretariat within one month after the Congress. The report may be published in the APSR Bulletin and/or Newsletter.