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The respirology component includes 53* researchers, 71 nurses and research professionals, as well as 76 graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. The team is one of the largest of its kind in Canada. The keys to its success are close cooperation between clinician scientists and basic researchers and the quality of its research professionals and students. The presence of three research chairs attests to the section’s status as a research hub. Researchers have worked to make major discoveries in the pathophysiology of pulmonary arterial hypertension. They also provide international leadership on muscle wasting and respiratory rehabilitation with regard to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The team leads a range of unique programs, including one to evaluate the respiratory health of athletes and one to study bioaerosols and their effects on human respiratory health. Another definite asset for the section is a world-calibre biobank that stores a host of blood products and lung tissues for research purposes.


Key themes

  • Sleep respiratory disorders: mechanisms, therapies and cardiometabolic risk
  • Asthma: pathophysiology and interventions
  • Aerobiology and respiratory health
  • Chronic lung diseases: pathophysiology, muscle wasting and exercise intolerance
  • Pulmonary oncology
  • Pulmonary vascular diseases

Research chairs

  • Research Chair in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary disease (François Maltais)
  • Research Chair in Vascular Remodeling Diseases (Sébastien Bonnet)
  • Research Chair in Knowledge Transfer, Education and Prevention in Respiratory and Cardiovascular Health (Louis-Philippe Boulet)
  • Canadian Research Chair in Genomics of Heart and Lung Diseases (Yohan Bossé)

Respirology researchers

Dr. François Maltais, Assistant Director of Respirology Research


Dr. François Maltais
Assistant Director of Respirology Research


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