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The respirology component includes 63* researchers, 1 visiting scientist, 66 nurses and research professionals, as well as 91 graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. This component turns out to be one of the key groupings of its kind observed in Canada. In fact, the Institute is a supra-regional centre on pulmonary oncology where 800 cases of thoracic surgery are performed each year at the Multidisciplinary Respirology and Thoracic Surgery Department. The success lies on the close cooperation existing between clinician scientists and basic researchers as well as both their research professionals’ and students’ quality. The researchers illustrate themselves through the presence of four research chairs in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), in pulmonary hypertension, in genomics of heart and lung diseases as well as in knowledge transfer. Their research efforts have highlighted major discoveries in the pathophysiology of pulmonary arterial hypertension. They ensure an international leadership on the muscle damage and the respiratory rehabilitation with regard to COPD. The development of a research program assessing the athletes’ respiratory health turns out also to be a unique aspect of the component. In addition, one of the teams is studying bioaerosols and their effects on human respiratory health. Finally, the presence of a world-calibre biobank that stores high quantities of blood products and lung tissues for research purposes is also an undeniable asset of this component.


Key themes

  • Sleep apnea and regulation of breathing over the life course
  • Asthma
  • Pulmonary hypertension
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and environmental health
  • Pulmonary oncology

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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