Ulrich Costabel is Professor of Medicine at the University of
Duisburg-Essen (Essen, Germany) and Senior Consultant in
Interstitial and Rare Lung Diseases at the Ruhrlandklinik
(Essen, Germany). He was previously Chief of the Division
of Pneumology and Allergology at the Ruhrlandklinik. He
received his undergraduate training and his MD magna cum
laude at the University of Freiburg (Freiburg, Germany). In
1992–1993, he spent a 6-month sabbatical with Professor
Takateru Izumi at the Chest Disease Research Institute of the
University of Kyoto in Japan (Kyoto, Japan).
Ulrich Costabel’s research interests lie in clinical and
immunological studies in ILDs, with a specific focus on clinical
and research applications of BAL. In recent years, he has acted
as principal investigator for major clinical trials in IPF. He is
Past President of the World Association of Sarcoidosis and
Other Granulomatous Disorders (WASOG) and organised the
World Congress on Sarcoidosis in Essen in 1997. He has been
Chairman of the European BAL Group since 1998 and has
co-organised several international conferences on BAL.
Ulrich Costabel has been actively involved with the European
Respiratory Society (ERS) since its inception, having been Chair
of the Occupational and Environmental Health Group and
Secretary of the Occupation and Epidemiology Assembly, and
later Chair of the Bronchoalveolar Lavage Group. From 2002–
2005, he was Head of the Clinical Assembly and a member of
the Executive Committee of the ERS and, in 2006, he was
Chairman of the ERS Congress in Munich (Germany).
Since 1990 he has served on the Editorial Board of the European
Respiratory Journal (ERJ), from 1994–1999 as the Chief Editor.
He was Editor of the German journal Pneumologie from 2001–
2005, has co-edited the ERS Monograph on Sarcoidosis, and is
currently on the board of Sarcoidosis, Seminars in Respiratory and
Critical Care Medicine and Current Opinion in Pulmonary
Medicine, among others. He is the recipient of several honours
and awards, including the Sarcoidosis Research Prize presented by
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ERS Monogr 2016; 71: vii–ix. DOI: 10.1183/2312508X.10003116 vii