Claus Bachert MD PhD is chief of clinic and professor at the University Hospital of Ghent, Belgium, and also holds positions as professor at the Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden and at the First Affiliated Hospital, Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou, China. He qualified from the University of Heidelberg, Germany, and trained in ENT-diseases and allergology in Mannheim and Düsseldorf. His research interests include the pathophysiology and management of diseases of the nose and sinuses such as allergic and non-allergic rhinitis, chronic rhinosinusitis and nasal polyposis. Specifically, he has worked on endotyping rhinosinusitis, innovative treatments such as biologicals for recalcitrant disease, and the role of Staphylococcus aureus in the inflammation of nasal polyp disease. Dr. Bachert chairs the Upper Airways Research Laboratory at Ghent University, and has published over 600 peer- reviewed articles in international journals. Dr. Bachert received several national and international prizes, and two doctor honoris causa (Capital University Beijing, China, and Democritus University, Trace, Greece). Dr. Bachert forms part of the international guidelines ARIA (Allergic Rhinitis and its Impact
on Asthma) and EPOS (European Position Paper on Sinusitis and Nasal Polyposis), currently serves in the Board of EUFOREA, and served in the boards of EAACI and WAO, was President of the German Allergy Society (DGAKI, 2007-2010) and Vice-President 2011- 2016. He currently serves as Editor for the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.