The Airway Diseases Fellowship, established by the late Professor Freddy Hargreave, has been around for over 25 years and has trained close to 100 physicians and scientists from all over the world, with most of them heading highly successful clinical and research programs in universities across Canada and around the world. This is a clinical research fellowship, 30% clinical and 70% clinical and basic science research. Applicants who are unwilling to undertake research do not need to apply. Preference would be given to candidates with a strong publication record.
This is primarily a research fellowship for studying mechanisms of severe asthma with out-patient clinical training (1-2 half-day clinics a week) in the management of airway diseases such as severe asthma, COPD and chronic cough using inflammometry. This involves quantitative sputum cytometry, exhaled breath measurements and metabolomics and measurements of airway hyperresponsiveness. In addition, there is opportunity to participate in the evaluation of patients with eosinophilic disorders in two unique multidisciplinary clinics with haem-oncology (for patients with HES) and rheumatology (for patients with EGPA). The training will provide opportunities for training in research methodology, basic bench research and clinical trials in severe asthma and COPD, use of biologics, bronchial thermoplasty, advanced imaging techniques such as noble gas MRI and quantitative CT, and interaction with collaborators in molecular microbiology and virology, immunology, allergy, otolaryngology, radiology, haem-oncology and rheumatology. There would not be any in-patient or on-call responsibilities.
CV, 3 reference letters
Specialist training in Respirology or Allergy/Immunology (preferably 3 years post-training for overseas applicants), educational license with CPSO
The objectives of the program are as follows:
One year (renewable for a second year)
At the level of a CIHR post-doctoral fellowship ($50,000+ benefits). Self-funded or funded from research grants
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