Professor Shyamali Dharmage is a world-recognised leader in epidemiology of chronic lung diseases whose research has led to paradigm changes, generated a new field of research (‘pre-COPD’) and changed guidelines worldwide. Her recognition of excellence is evidenced by national/international advisory board invitations (e.g. Lancet Commissioner in COPD), invited presentations (>90) and multiple prestigious awards (e.g. European Respiratory Society Fellow). She has >500 publications (e.g. Lancet), $74.2M funding and makes sustained professional contributions through leadership in research (e.g. TAHS&MACS PI; RHINESSA Australian PI) and mentoring/training (27 completed PhDs; four postdocs now Professor). She promotes health/medical science through education/workshops and consumer group engagement.