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Dr. Margaret Becklake Fellowship


The Montreal Chest Institute Foundation is proud to honour Dr. Becklake’s legacy and immense contribution in developing generations of respiratory clinicians and researchers by launching the Dr. Margaret Becklake Fellowship. This fellowship will be awarded to at least one trainee in respiratory research every year and will pay her or his salary as s/he conducts research under the supervision of scientists at the Montreal Chest Institute of the McGill University Health Centre.

Recipients will be chosen from low- and middle-income countries as well as from Canadian Indigenous communities. Over the course of her career, Dr. Becklake had a major interest in respiratory health in lower-income countries, including in childhood asthma and occupational lung disease. She conducted research in this area for many years. Dr. Becklake also trained and hosted students in respiratory research from lower-income countries, who then became leaders in research and care in those countries.

Help us train the next generation of researchers and specialists in areas of the world where the need is greatest. Help us share the expertise we have at the Montreal Chest Institute around the globe. Help us continue Dr. Becklake’s legacy.

Dr. Margaret Becklake immigrated to Montreal in 1957 from South Africa. Her impact on respiratory care, research and teaching was profound. With other members of the McGill faculty, she worked on occupational lung disease, an interest she maintained from her early medical career in South Africa. She established the now well-known Respiratory Epidemiology and Clinical Research Unit at McGill and at the Montreal Chest Institute.

Dr. Becklake was renowned for her insistence upon the importance of a clearly stated, relevant research question and more generally for her clarity and insight. She was also unfailingly devoted to her patients and their families. The research unit she founded flourishes today, as it continues to emphasize respiratory research of direct relevance to patients and communities.

Meet our Dr. Margaret Becklake Fellows

Dr. Margaret Becklake Fellowship 2020-2021 recipient: Dr. Mikashmi Kohli

Mikashmi Kohli
2020-2021 Fellow

Supervisor: Dr. Madhu Pai

Postdoctoral fellow from India working on evaluating access to TB and other essential respiratory diagnostic tests in India

2021-2022 Margaret Becklake Fellowship Ben Geboe

Ben Geboe
2021-2022 Fellow

Supervisor: Dr. Faiz Ahmad Khan

Indigenous postdoctoral fellow leading work to understand how TB prevention and care can be delivered in a culturally safe framework for urban Indigenous populations in Montreal

2022 Margaret Becklake Everglad Mugutso

Everglad Mugutso
2022-2023 Fellow

Supervisor: Dr. Nicole Ezer

Physician from Zimbabwe completing her MSc research project that will examine ways to provide better quality of care and quality of life for patients with lung cancer

2022-2023 recipient of the Margaret Becklake Fellowship Kriti Agarwal

Kriti Agarwal
2022-2023 Fellow

Supervisor: Dr. Tania Janaudis-Ferreira

Licensed physiotherapist from India working towards her PhD in the field of physical therapy and rehabilitation in individuals with long-term symptoms of COVID-19

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