Norbert Berend joined GSK as a Global Medical Expert in a part time capacity in 2015. Norbert is also Head of Respiratory Research at the George Institute for Global Health, Professor Emeritus at the University of Sydney, professor at the University of NSW and Member of the Physiology Group at the Woolcock Institute of Medical Research. Previously Norbert was Head of the Department of Respiratory Medicine at the Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney, Executive Director of the Royal North Shore Hospital and Director of the Woolcock Institute for Medical Research.
Norbert has been heavily involved in national and international respiratory societies having been President of the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand and the Asian Pacific Society of Respirology. He has also served on the Council of the European Respiratory Society and has been a member of the Board of the American Thoracic Society. In 2011 Norbert was Chairman of the Forum of International Respiratory Societies.
He has a strong research background focusing on the pathophysiology of asthma and COPD and has a particular interest in small airways disease and function. Norbert’s awards include the Rhone-Poulenc Rorer Medal of the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand (1997), the Asian Pacific Society of Respirology Medal (2011) and the TSANZ Medal (2012). In 2003 Norbert was made a Member of the Order of Australia for service to respiratory medicine as a researcher, administrator and educator.