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World-leading Canadian and international experts

The CIC’s scientists are renowned for their cutting-edge research and clinical expertise in asthma and other airways diseases.
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Pan-Canadian expertise

and international collaborators

CIC researchers are based in six institutions across Canada, with collaborating researchers located in Sweden.

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ABOUT CIC STAFF

Pan-Canadian expertise
The University of British Columbia University of Alberta University of Calgary University of Saskatchewan McMaster University Laval University Karolinska Institute (Sweden) British Columbia Alberta Saskatchewan Ontario Quebec

The University of British Columbia

Located in Vancouver, BC, the UBC site of the CIC is headed by Dr. Mark FitzGerald.

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University of Alberta

Located in Edmonton, AB, the UAlberta site of the CIC is headed by Dr. Irving Mayers.

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University of Calgary

Located in Calgary, AB, the UCalgary site of the CIC is headed by Dr. Richard Leigh.

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University of Saskatchewan

Located in Saskatoon, SK, the USaskatchewan site of the CIC is headed by Dr. Don Cockcroft.

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McMaster University

Located in Hamilton, ON, the McMaster site of the CIC is the lead site of the Collaborative, and is headed by CIC Director Dr. Paul O'Byrne.

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Laval University

Located in Quebec City, QC, the Laval site of the CIC is headed by Dr. Louis-Philippe Boulet.

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Karolinska Institute (Sweden)

Located in Stockholm, Sweden, the Karolinska Institute satellite site of the CIC is headed by Dr. Sven-Erik Dahlén.

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British Columbia

The CIC's British Columbia site is located at The University of British Columbia, in Vancouver.

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Alberta

The CIC has two sites in Alberta: in Edmonton at the University of Alberta, and in Calgary at the University of Calgary.

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Saskatchewan

The CIC's Saskatchewan site is located at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon.

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Ontario

The lead site for the CIC is located in Hamilton, Ontario.

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Quebec

The CIC's Quebec site is located at Laval University in Quebec City.

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McMaster University (lead site)

Director


Dr. Paul O’Byrne

MB, FRCPI, FRCPC, FRCPE, FRCP(Glasg), FAPC, FCCP, FERS, FRSC

Dr. O’Byrne is a world-renowned researcher and a practicing respirologist. His research interests are on the mechanisms and treatment of asthma, particularly the role of environmental allergens and the mechanisms by which these cause airway inflammation.

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Co-Director


Dr. Gail Gauvreau

BSc, MSc, PhD

Dr. Gauvreau's research interests include the mechanisms of allergic inflammation, novel therapeutic targets for asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), airway inflammation in asthma and COPD, and cysteinyl leukotrienes and cysLT receptors.

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Investigator


Dr. Roma Sehmi

BSc, PhD

Dr. Sehmi’s research focuses on cellular mechanisms of inflammatory diseases of the upper and lower airways. She has investigated the role of alarmins, lipid mediators and cytokines in promoting migrational responses of mature eosinophils to sites of inflammation.

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Collaborator


Dr. Mark Larché

PhD

Dr. Larché is an accomplished researcher with interests in translational medicine; the development of peptide-based vaccines for chronic immunological diseases including asthma, allergy, autoimmunity and transplantation-related diseases; and the immunological mechanisms of asthma.

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The University of British Columbia

Lead Investigator


Dr. Mark FitzGerald

MB, MD, FRCPI, FERS, FRCPC, FACP, FACCP

Dr. FitzGerald's clinical and research interests include asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), tuberculosis, and health outcomes. His current research focuses on health literacy and ethnicity in the management of asthma and COPD as well as the economic evaluation of asthma and its cost effective treatment.

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University of Alberta

Lead Investigator


Dr. Irvin Mayers

MD, FRCPC

Dr. Mayers's clinical interests include asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and sleep medicine. His research interests include the translation of clinical research to clinical practice, with particular focus on non-invasive mechanical ventilation for COPD exacerbation, and internet-based asthma management.

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University of Calgary

Lead Investigator


Dr. Richard Leigh

MBChB, MSc, PhD, FCP (SA), FRCPC

Dr. Leigh’s areas of interest include understanding the basic mechanisms underlying airway remodeling in asthma, the assessment of airway inflammation and early phase clinical trials in asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).

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Investigator


Dr. Patrick Mitchell

BBLS, MB BCh BAO, MRCPI

Dr. Mitchell's clinical interests are in asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), chronic eosinophilic airways disease, autoimmune pulmonary diseases, Sarcoidosis, Pulmonary Thromboembolic disease and airways disease in pregnancy. His research interests encompass asthma, COPD, eosinophilic pulmonary diseases, transitional clinics, atopic and allergic disease.

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University of Saskatchewan

Lead Investigator


Dr. Don Cockcroft

BSc, MD, FRCPC

Dr. Cockcroft's research focuses on clinical investigations in asthma, primarily bronchoprovocation with methacholine and other nonallergic stimuli, and the development and use of the allergen challenge model for investigating both the pathophysiology of asthma and new drugs for asthma.

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Investigator


Dr. Beth Davis

PhD

Dr. Davis' research interests include: bronchoprovocation (airway challenges with direct and indirect stimuli); airway inflammation (sputum and exhaled nitric oxide techniques); and clinical trials (Phase II, III, IV - predominantly allergic asthma).

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Laval University

Lead Investigator


Dr. Louis-Philippe Boulet

MD, FRCPC, FCCP

Dr. Boulet's research seeks to establish links between basic and clinical science in the field of asthma and respiratory allergy.

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Investigator


Dr. Jamila Chakir

PhD

Dr. Chakir is an immunologist and cell biologist who studies the role of airway structural cells in asthma.

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Karolinska Institute (Sweden)

Lead Investigator


Dr. Sven-Erik Dahlén

MD, PhD

Dr. Sven-Erik Dahlén is a leading leukotriene researcher whose broader interests span: asthma; allergy; respiratory and general physiology; pharmacology; lipid mediators; severe and aspirin/NSAID intolerant asthma; biomarkers for precision medicine; drug development and experimental models; and human experimental medicine.

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Investigator


Dr. Barbro Dahlén

MD

Dr. Barbro Dahlén is a senior physician who has conducted research in pulmonary medicine/allergy since the 1980s.

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