Researchers

Lung health research matters because 20% of Canadians have lung disease.

Dr. Shawn Aaron

In the past five years, The Lung Association has funded 300 projects across Canada. This translates to hundreds of researchers having the opportunity to contribute to lung health research. The research funded covers all spectrums of disease – from prevention to change in health systems or diagnosis, or ultimately, cure.

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Dr. Shawn Aaron

Dr. Shawn Aaron, based in Ottawa, is keen to find out exactly how to get the correct diagnosis for asthma patients.

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Dr. Andrew Halayko

Asthma can be treated but not cured or prevented. But what if we could look towards a future asthma can be reversed? Dr. Andrew Halayko and his team are looking for answers that could make this future a reality.

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Dr. Meghan Azad

Dr. Meghan Azad wants to know more about the adaptable nutrition source that is breast milk. Is there something in the milk’s microbiome that helps prevent asthma?

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Dr. Grace Parraga

Where exactly are lungs weak in asthma or COPD patients? Dr. Grace Parraga and her team are looking for answers in the 3D world of lung imaging. What can you see when you see it all?

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Dr. Michael Stickland

Do Canadians with asthma have a higher risk of heart disease? Dr. Stickland intends to find out the links.

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Dr. Mark Fitzgerald

How do you know what you don’t know if you can’t understand? Dr. Mark Fitzgerald, a world expert in COPD and asthma, looks at asthma literacy.

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Dr. Darcy Marciniuk

A world leader in COPD management, Dr. Marciniuk asks how the disease could be better managed.

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Michelle Kho PT, Phd

Mechanically ventilated patients in the ICU run the risk of longer recovery due to immobility. Muscles and lungs can become weaker as a result of an ICU stay. Is cycling the answer to changing this?

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Dr. Denis O’Donnell

What don’t we know about COPD? Dr. O’Donnell looks at the drive to breathe in COPD patients.

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Dina Brooks, PhD

What if you could dance your way to health? Dr. Dina Brooks is looking for answers when it comes to COPD and dancing.

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Dr. Bernard Thébaud

Babies born without B protein start their lives with weak lungs. Lung transplant is currently the only option – an option that results in a lifetime of medical procedures. What if there was a way to make stem cells grow healthier lungs?

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Dr. Chris Carlsten

What exactly happens to our lungs when we spend time in a traffic-congested area? How do diesel fuels affect our lungs? Dr. Carlsten takes you on an imaginary journey to an average Asian city in his air pollution lab.

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Chris Pascoe, PhD

Chris Pascoe, PhD speaks to the importance of training he has received during his studies and research at Children's Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba under Dr. Andrew Halayko's mentorship.

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