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The 2020 EULAR Meritorious Ser- vice Awards in Rheumatology go to Prof. Paul Emery and Prof. Steffen Gay, two devoted rheumatologistsand researcherswho have servedthe field of rheumatology for manyyears. EULAR givesthe award to rheumatologists, healthprofessionals, andothers who haveserved rheumatology in an outstanding way, either by scientific research;with clinical science; or through theiractivities in EULAR, national, or international organisations.
Paul Emery is the Arthritis Research
UK Professor of Rheumatology and director
of the Leeds National Institute for Health
Research Biomedical Research Centre at
the University of Leeds (United Kingdom).
He was EULAR treasurer in 2004-2006
and president in 2009-2011. He was also
the inaugural president of the International
Society for Muscu-
loskeletal Imaging in
Steffen Gay is
professor of exper-
tology and leading
doctor of the Center
Zürich and an adjunct professor of medicine
in the division of clinical immunology and
rheumatology at the University of Alabama
at Birmingham (USA). He has served as a
chair of the standing committee for investi-
gative rheumatology and as the EULAR liai-
son officer to the Foundation for Research
in Rheumatology during 2012-2020.
Rheumatologists receive top
honours for distinguished careers
Hristina Bankova of Sofia, Bulgar- ia, has received the 2020 Edgar Stene Prize for her essay on the topic “Being a person with arheumatic or musculoskeletal disease(RMD) – How my voluntary work benefits me.” Ms. Bankova is married andhas a grown son. She has a passion fortransportation and logistics and worksas a supervisor in a logistics providercompany headquartered in Bulgaria.
Ms. Bankova was involved withvolunteer work for the Bulgarian Organisation for Patients with RheumaticDiseases (BOPRD) for years before sheherself was diagnosed with scleroderma and continues on this path. She saysthat it gives her a “great inner senseof personal satisfaction.” She learnedabout the theme of the competitionStene Prize on
the benefits ofvolunteering
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