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2017 Respiratory Research News Meakins-Christie Labs

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Respiratory Research centre in Canada: Meakins-Christie Laboratories of the RI-MUHC and McGIll University
  • Dr. Elizabeth Fixman‘s research with Dr. Brian Ward (IDIGH program) was featured in the 2017 CDMRP Annual Report for her DoD funded research on “STAT6-Dependent Bridging of Innate and Th2 Adaptive Immunity in the Lung”. (December 2017)
  • Dr. Ilan Azuelos was awarded 1 year funding from the  Réseau en santé respiratoire du FRQS Programme de développement de jeunes chercheurs en mentorat for his grant entitled “The role of mTOR on mitochondrial function, structure and dynamics during TGFß-induced fibroblast differentiation”. (November 2017)
  • Dr. Jean Bourbeau was awarded funding from the Réseau en santé respiratoire du FRQS Concours projets équipes for his project entitled: De la clinique au laboratoire : mécanisme d’action de l’azithromycine pour la prévention des exacerbations pulmonaires MPOC. (November 2017)
  • Congratulations to Lisa Hennemann (MSc student with Dr. Dao Nguyen) for receiving the “Concours compléments de bourse” from the Réseau en santé respiratoire du FRQS. Her project title is: The role of intracellular Pseudomonas aeruginosa in the development of persistent infections. (November 2017)
  • The Réseau en santé respiratoire du FRQS awarded the renewal of a team grant entitled “Importance et prévention de la dysfonction diaphragmatique associée à la ventilation chez le nourrisson”. Team members include: Dr. Basil Petrof (Meakins and RESP Program), Dr. Guilherme Sant’Anna (RESP Program), Dr. Guillaume Emeriaud (St. Justine), Dr. Jean-Paul Praud (U Sherbrooke), Dr. Hugo Théôret (St. Justine), and Sylvain Morneau (St. Justine).  (November 2017)
  • A publication by Dr. Russell Hepple and Dr. Tanja Taivassalo was featured during the ATS Assembly of Pulmonary Rehabilitation Journal Club on November 29, 2017. To view the publication: ‘Eccentric Ergometer Training Promotes Locomotor Muscle Strength but Not Mitochondrial Adaptation in Patients with Severe Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease’. To register for the webinar, click here. (November 2017)
  • Congratulations to Dr. Jean Bourbeau on receiving the 2017 Distinguished CHEST Educator Award. This distinction places the designees within the top 5% of CHEST’s international faculty and recognizes the achievements of members who have made significant and longterm contributions to CHEST education by serving as CHEST committee chairs, vice-chairs, faculty, members, for programs and activities at CHEST. (October 2017)
  • Ellen Zhou, a former trainee under the supervision of Dr. Simon Rousseau, and now a MD-PhD student at McGill, received the 2017 Canadian Medical Hall of Fame Award. (September 2017) 
  • The 2017 Joint Summer Student Research Day was held August 10, 2017. The participating RI-MUHC programs were: RESP, CHHD, CRP, MeDIC, and CHAL. There were 53 oral and poster presentations, 13 of which came from RESP summer students. Congratulations to all on their excellent presentations. The award for best oral went to Sean McGrath (supervisor: Andrea Benedetti). The award for best poster went to Michelle Liang (supervisor: Anne-Marie Lauzon). See photos here (August 2017)
  • Dr. Dorival Martins, postdoctoral fellow with Dr. Dao Nguyen was interviewed by CF Canada. He and Dr. Nguyen uncovered new mechanisms that P. aeruginosa uses to escape antibiotic killing that may be targeted to improve the effectiveness of currently used drugs. Read about his project and the interview here. (July 2017)
  • Dr. Christine McCusker’s research was featured on CIHR’s Celebrating Health Researchin honor of Canada’s 150 #Canada150: Developing a molecule to help people with allergies breathe easier. (June 2017)
  • Congratulations to all our trainees this summer for the following awardsEva Kaufmannand Nargis Khan (Dr. Maziar Divangahi): FRQS postdoctoral award. Eisha Ahmed (Dr. Bruce Mazer): CIHR Undergraduate Summer Studentship Award. We also congratulations RECRU trainees. Zhiyi Lan (Dr. Dick Menzies): Master’s Award: Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarships and FRQS Masters award. (June 2017)
  • Congratulations to our RESP researchers! Dr. Simon Rousseau received the FRQS Chercheurs-Boursiers Senior award. Dr. Marta Kaminska received the FRQS Chercheurs-Boursiers Cliniciens award – Junior 2. (June 2017)
  • The 28th annual Respiratory Research Day featured 50 oral and poster presentations. The winners for best oral presentation were: Dorival Martins (supervisor: Dr. Dao Nguyen) and Adamo Donovan (supervisor: Dr. Ben Smith). The winners for best poster presentation were: Raquel Farias (supervisor: Dr. Jean Bourbeau), Fatmah Al-Habeeb(supervisor: Dr. Carolyn Baglole), Rola Hamed (supervisor: Dr. Larry Lands), and Vanessa Moarbes (supervisor: Dr. Becky Fixman). (June 2017)
  • Dr. Sabah Hussain received the Department of Medicine Award for Excellence in Research by a Staff Member. This award is in recognition of ongoing excellence in research by a senior member of the Department of Medicine at the McGill University Health Centre. The nominee’s research program is judged on its importance, the impact of the results, the ability to obtain funding, research mentoring and research productivity. (June 2017)
  • Congratulations to Necola Guerrina (PhD student with Dr. Carolyn Baglole) who won an award for best basic research poster at the Canadian Thoracic Society meeting being help in conjunction with the American Thoracic Society meeting in Washington, DC. (May 2017)
  • Congratulations to the following CIHR Project Grants from the Fall 2016 competition: Dr. Jean Bourbeau for his grant entitled “Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease categorization using cardiovascular risk and levels of inflammatory mediators: a way toward more personalized care”. (May 2017)
  • Dr. Basil Petrof has been appointed Director of the Meakins-Christie Laboratorieseffective May 15th, 2017 for a five year term. As Director of the Meakins, Dr. Petrof will be responsible for the scientific leadership and all administrative matters within the Meakins. Dr. Petrof is an accomplished and an internationally recognized scientist for his work on respiratory muscle dysfunction and sleep disordered breathing. (May 2017)
  • Necola Guerrina (supervisor: Dr. Carolyn Baglole) was interviewed and featured on the RI-MUHC Focus on Our Trainees page. Read more here. (April 2017)
  • Congratulations Dr. Larry Lands for receiving the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award in Pediatric Respirology from the Canadian Thoracic Society. This award recognizes his significant contributions to pediatric respirology in the domains of clinical and fundamental research and support for the education of trainees. It also recognizes his exceptional leadership and dedication to patient care. (April 2017)
  • Congratulations Dr. Jean Bourbeau for receiving the 2017 CTS Distinguished Achievement Award. This award recognizes the leadership and service of individuals who have furthered the work of the CTS in respiratory health. Dr. Bourbeau is most deserving of this honor for his leadership within the Executive and Board of the CTS and in the COPD Clinical Assembly, as well as for his impact in research, academia, and clinical practice. (April 2017)
  • Dr. Larry Lands received a 2 year grant from the CF Foundation (US) for his project entitled “Rhinovirus in CF bronchial epithelial cells”. (March 2017)
  • Congratulations Necola Guerrina (supervisor: Dr. Carolyn Baglole). She placed 2nd at the McGill University 3 Minute Thesis finals (March 2017). Read more here. The top three finalists are all trainees from the RI-MUHC!
  • Necola Guerrina (supervisor: Dr. Carolyn Baglole) has moved past the first round of Heats for the McGill University 3 Minute Thesis competition. Necola will be competing at the Finals on March 15th, 2017 from 1-3pm in the Thomson House Ballroom. Way to go Necola! (March 2017)
Dr. Elizabeth Fixman and Dr. Bahar Torabi were interviewd for International Day of Women and Girls in Science
  • To mark the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, our very own Dr. Elizabeth Fixman and Dr. Bahar Torabi were interviewed by the RI-MUHC. Way to go! Read the interview here. (February 2017)
  • Congratulations to Dr. Basil Petrof on receiving a 3 year grant from CF Canada for his project entitled “Addressing Muscle Wasting in Cystic Fibrosis”. (February 2017)
  • The Meakins welcomes its newest faculty member: Dr. Ilan Azuelos.  Ilan is an Assistant Professor at McGill University and Attending Staff at the MUHC. His research aims to elucidate the molecular basis for the development and progression of pulmonary fibrosis, by examining the metabolism of fibrotic lesions in the lung. His clinical work and teaching will be based primarily at the Glen site, on the inpatient and outpatient respiratory services of the Montreal Chest Institute. (January 2017)