Dr. Shawn Aaron awarded $4.2 million for research on asthma, COPD

October 24, 2017

Dr. Shawn Aaron has been awarded a prestigious Foundation Grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, worth $4.2 million over seven years.

While Dr. Aaron has recently received world-wide attention for his research on asthma over-diagnosis, this project will look at the opposite problem of under-diagnosis of both asthma and COPD. Some research suggests that up to 10 percent of Canadians have asthma or COPD, but don’t know it and are not receiving treatment. Dr. Aaron is currently leading the first randomized controlled trial that will systematically seek out and treat people with undiagnosed asthma and COPD. He will evaluate whether or not this strategy can improve health and reduce the burden on our health-care system.  

Foundation grants are meant to provide significant, long term support for Canada’s top health researchers.

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