Professor Judy Black’s leadership and research achievements in the field of airway smooth muscle, her role in the career development of the next generation of research leaders and her outstanding service have been a model for all of us. Professor Black has changed the thinking around the role of the airway smooth muscle in asthma. Leading by example and generously helping others to achieve success in their careers, Professor Black has been instrumental in fostering a unique environment within the Woolcock. She has fostered an environment where there is a culture of giving back and helping others to succeed. She has created a legacy that will foster success within the biomedical research community for years to come. Professor Black is unique and very special to us here at the Woolcock.