Professor Emeritus Norbert Berend


Head, Respiratory Research Professor, Faculty of Medicine, UNSW Sydney Emeritus Professor, University of Sydney


Norbert Berend is Head of Respiratory Research at the George Institute for Global Health and a member of the physiology group at the Woolcock Institute of Medical Research of which he was the Director from 2000 to 2012. He holds the academic title of Professor, Faculty of Medicine, UNSW Sydney; Professor Emeritus at the University of Sydney; and is a Visiting or Honorary Professor at three Chinese Universities.

He is a past President of the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand and the Asian Pacific Society of Respirology. He has also held positions with the American Thoracic Society and European Respiratory Society. Norbert’s research interests include the pathophysiology of asthma and COPD and clinical intervention studies to improve the outcome of airways disease.

Norbert is a recipient of the TSANZ Medal, the APSR Medal and has received an Award of Merit from the European Respiratory Society. In 2003 Norbert was made a Member of the Order of Australia for services to respiratory medicine.