The 2021 Young Investigator Award from the Netherlands Respiratory Society has been awarded to Aurore Gay, second-year PhD student working at the department of Pathology & Medical Biology and the GRIAC research Institute of the UMCG. Aurore Gay presented her research on infection of airway epithelial cells from asthma patients and healthy controls with the Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV), and reported that the inflammatory response to the virus was blunted in the epithelial cells from patients with asthma. The award is a prize of 5000 euro to be spend on further research.