The current members of the executive committee are:

President - Andrew Binks (PhD) is an Associate Professor at Virginia Tech. He was a lead organizer of the first three Dyspnea Conferences that led to fomation of the society and that continue today. Andrew is a pulmonary physiologist and studies the neural mechanisms of dyspnea.

Secretary - Janelle Yorke (PhD, RGN) is a Professor at University of Manchester and Executive Chief Nursing Officer at The Christie NHS Foundation Trust UK. She has expertise in the development and clinical utility of Patient Reported Outcome Measures, including the Dyspnoea-12. She also conducts research on non-pharmacological complex interventions for the management of breathlessness.

Treasurer - Marie Williams (PhD) is a Professor at the University of South Australia. Marie is a physiotherapist with specific interests in evidence-based assessment, management and education for people living with breathlessness, their significant others and health care practitioners.


The purpose of The Dyspnea Society is to promote research of the mechanisms, measurement and management of dyspnea (a.k.a. Shortness of breath or breathlessness). This goal is achieved by an international and multidisciplinary membership of clinicians and scientists who advance the scientific knowledge of dyspnea and its translation into clinical practice.


The society arose from a group of clinicians and scientists with a common interest in dyspnea research and management. The group has been meeting together since the inception of the ‘Dyspnea’ meeting series in San Diego, 2005 (pictured left). As the meetings continued and the group grew in size and scope, it was decided in 2013 to form an informal society to help the group stay in touch and network between meetings. In 2023, the Dyspnea Society was formalized with the formation of an executive committee, bylaws and started incorportation as a non-profit organization (Section 501(c)(3)).



From their very start, the Dyspnea meetings have drawn scientists and clinicians from around the globe. The venue of the annual meeting now alternates between North American and Europe and its international membership has continued to grow. 

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