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The Ottawa Hospital is conducting cutting-edge research to improve our understanding of asthma and develop better treatments. This page includes selected news stories about our asthma research, links to researchers working in this area and related resources. Learn more below.

Research News

Spirometry can’t catch all asthma diagnoses
January 4, 2023 - A study led by Dr. Shawn Aaron suggests that asthma and eosinophilic bronchitis may be undiagnosed in a significant number of people who have symptoms, but have normal spirometry lung function tests.
Questionnaire can find people with undiagnosed asthma, COPD
June 2, 2022 - A team led by Dr. Shawn Aaron developed and validated a tool published in the European Respiratory Journal that can detect undiagnosed asthma and COPD in adults with symptoms.
Some inhaled corticosteroids for asthma, COPD safer and more effective for older adults
September 29, 2021 - Study reveals important new information for physicians who prescribe inhaled corticosteroids to older patients, a common daily treatment for asthma and COPD
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Name Scientific appointment Diseases, conditions and populations of interest Research and clinical approaches
Aaron, Shawn
Senior Scientist
(Clinical Epidemiology)
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, Cystic fibrosis, Lung disease, Asthma Clinical research
Austin, Michael
Clinician Investigator
(Clinical Epidemiology)
Asthma, Cardiac arrest, Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, Diabetes, Pain, Population health, Stroke Clinical decision rules, Clinical trials, Cluster randomized trials, Cohort studies, Critical care, Emergency medicine, Palliative care, Risk assessment