ERS | monograph Guest Editors Leo Heunks Leo Heunks is professor of intensive care medicine at the VU University Medical Center Amsterdam (Amsterdam, the Netherlands). He received his undergraduate training and MD at the Radboud University (Nijmegen, the Netherlands). From 1996 to 2000, he was a PhD student in respiratory physiology. During the PhD programme he visited the Mayo Clinic (Rochester, MN, USA) for 7 months to study skeletal muscle single fibre mechanics and intracellular calcium imaging (with mentor Gary Sieck). He trained as a pulmonologist at the Radboud University Medical Center from 2000 to 2006, followed by a 2-year fellowship in intensive care medicine, and became consultant in intensive care at the same hospital. He was co-founder of the first specialised ventilator-weaning unit in the Netherlands and chair of the Dutch guideline for difficult weaning. In 2016, he moved to the VU University Medical Center Amsterdam, Dept of Intensive Care. His research interests include effects of critical illness on respiratory muscle function, mechanical ventilation, weaning from the ventilator and ARDS. He has spent research fellowships at Loyola University Medical Center (Chicago, IL, USA) and St Michael’s Hospital, Toronto (ON, Canada). In both clinical work and research, he promotes the understanding of physiological principles. Only when we are willing to understand the underlying physiology can we conduct meaningful research and optimal patient care. Currently, Leo Heunks is secretary of European Respiratory Society assembly 2 (respiratory intensive care). Copyright ©ERS 2016. Print ISBN: 978-1-84984-073-6. Online ISBN: 978-1-84984-074-3. Print ISSN: 2312-508X. Online ISSN: 2312-5098. ERS Monogr 2016 74: vii–ix. DOI: 10.1183/2312508X.10018216 vii
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