Research Areas

Basic and Clinical Research at the FIRH

  • Chris Allen, MD, MA, MB, BCh, MRCP (UK), FRCPC - Gastro-esophageal reflux and chronic cough
  • Kjetil Ask, PhD - Protein misfolding in chronic lung disease
  • Dawn Bowdish, PhD - Macrophage biology
  • Gerard Cox, MD, MB, FRCPCI, FRCPC - Bronchial thermoplasty, Pulmonary fibrosis, smooth muscle and neutrophil biology
  • Myrna Dolovich, PEng (Elec) - Aerosol physics, aerosol deposition in lung, lung imaging, ciliary motility
  • Nathan Hambly, MD, FRCPC - Pulmonary hypertension, interstitial lung disease, sarcoidosis and acute exacerbations of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis
  • Jeremy Hirota, PhD - Respiratory mucosal immunology in airway diseases
  • Mark Inman, MSc, PhD, MD - Animals models of allergic sensitization, mechanisms of airway hyperresponsiveness and airway remodelling
  • Neil Johnston, MSc - Epidemiology of exacerbations of asthma and COPD
  • Martin Kolb, MD, PhD - Molecular mechanisms of pulmonary fibrosis and pulmonary hypertension, TGF-β signalling, clinical trials in pulmonary fibrosis
  • Mark Larché, PhD - Peptide immunotherapy for allergic airway diseases, Treg biology in asthma, vaccine development
  • Andrew McIvor, MB, MSc, FRCP (Edin), FRCPC - Outcomes research in asthma and COPD, dissemination and implementation of guidelines
  • Manali Mukherjee, PhD - Lung autoimmunity and biomarkers
  • Parameswaran Nair, MD, PhD, FRCP, FRCPC - Non-invasive measurements of airway inflammation in clinical practice, mechanisms of specific types of bronchitis, targeted therapy of eosinophilic and neutrophilic bronchitis
  • Helen Neighbour, MB, PhD, MRCP (UK) - Assessment of upper airway inflammation, peptide vaccines for allergic rhinitis
  • Paul O’Byrne, MB, FRCPI, FRCPC, FRCPE, FRCP (Glasg) - Mechanisms of allergic asthma and hyper-responsiveness, clinical trials in asthma
  • Imran Satia, MA, MB, BChir (cantab), MRCP, PhD - The effects of aging, risk factors, impact, and burden of disease at a population level with respiratory symptoms such as chronic cough
  • Roma Sehmi, PhD - Hematopoietic progenitor biology in allergic airway diseases
  • Padmaja Subbarao, MD, MSc, FRCP(C) - Bbirth-cohort studies of allergy and asthma
  • Sarah Svenningsen, PhD - Non-invasive pulmonary computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) measurements that are highly sensitive to pathological changes in the airways and lung parenchyma
  • Susan Waserman, MSc, MD, FRCPC - Allergy, including rhinitis, asthma, as well as determinants of allergic reactivity in peanut allergy


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