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Lung disease

Researchers at The Ottawa Hospital are investigating promising new approaches to prevent, diagnose and treat a wide range of diseases that affect the lungs. Our work spans the full spectrum of research from basic science to clinical research to knowledge translation. Learn more below.

Research News


World-first trial shows benefits of finding, treating undiagnosed asthma and COPD
May 19, 2024 - "It's estimated that 70 per cent of people with asthma or COPD go undiagnosed. This is the first study to prove that treating those people makes a real difference to their health and quality of life."
Which cells have the greatest potential to repair the lungs of pre-term babies?
April 23, 2024 - Dr. Bernard Thébaud and his team have uncovered which types of mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs) are the best at healing lung injury in the lab.
Are EVs travelling to injured lungs?
March 15, 2024 - Tiny particles called extracellular vesicles (EVs) released by mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) have shown clear potential to treat several lung diseases in animal models by reducing inflammation. However, there has been debate about where MSC-EVs end u
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Researchers


Name Scientific appointment Diseases, conditions and populations of interest Research and clinical approaches
Aaron, Shawn
MD, FRCPC
Senior Scientist
(ICD)
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, Cystic fibrosis, Lung disease, Asthma Clinical research
Addison, Christina
PhD
Senior Scientist
(CR)
Bone and joint degeneration, Cancer, Lung cancer, Lung disease, Pancreatic cancer, Prostate cancer, Breast cancer Basic research, Clinical research, Cohort studies, Disease models, Drug development, Genetics, Imaging, Model organisms, Translational research, Molecular and cellular biology
Alvarez, Gonzalo
MD, MPH, FRCPC
Senior Scientist
(ICD)
First Nations, Inuit and Métis Health, Health in disadvantaged peoples, Infectious disease, Lung disease, Population health, Tuberculosis Clinical research, Epidemiology, Public health
Gilbert, Sebastien
MD FRCSC
Clinician Investigator
(ACR)
Cancer, Gastric cancer, Gastrointestinal disease, Gastrointestinal stromal tumours (GIST), Lung cancer, Lung disease Artificial intelligence and data science, Clinical research, Epidemiology, Health technology, Quality Improvement
Kendzerska, Tetyana
MD, PhD
Associate Scientist
(ICD)
Aging, Chronic disease, Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, Heart disease, Lung disease, Population health, Women's health Biostatistics, Clinical research, Cohort studies, Epidemiology, Health research methods, Health services research, Systematic reviews
Kwok, Chanel
MD, FRCPC
Associate Scientist
(ICD)
Lung disease Epidemiology
Pakhale, Smita
MD, FRCPC, MSc (Epi & Biostat)
Senior Scientist
(ICD)
COVID-19, First Nations, Inuit and Métis Health, Health equity, Health in disadvantaged peoples, Lung disease, Sickle cell anemia Clinical research, Clinical trials, Cohort studies, Epidemiology, Health economics, Health promotion, Health services research, Patient engagement, Pragmatic trials, Public health, Quality Improvement
Thébaud, Bernard
MD, PhD
Senior Scientist
(RM)
Lung disease, Newborn and child health Cell therapy, Extracellular vesicles / exosomes, Molecular and cellular biology, Regenerative medicine, Stem cells, Translational research