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The respirology component includes 62* researchers, 65 nurses and research professionals, as well as 84 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 780 cases of thoracic surgery are performed each year at the Division of Respirology. The success lies on the close cooperation existing between clinician scientists and basic researchers as well as both its research professionals’ and students’ quality. The researchers illustrate themselves through the presence of four research chairs on chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), pulmonary hypertension and 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 team. They lead a unique team 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 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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