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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

Undiagnosed asthma and COPD a burden for patients, even in early stages
December 6, 2023 - Adults with undiagnosed COPD or asthma have worse quality of life, greater healthcare use and are less productive at work than healthy adults.
Powering up the body’s EVs
November 9, 2023 - Dr. Alvin Tieu is receiving the Worton Researcher in Training Award from The Ottawa Hospital for his multidisciplinary research on life-threatening lung diseases
“Super-collaborator” helps patients breathe easier
November 9, 2023 - Dr. Shawn Aaron is receiving The Ottawa Hospital’s Grimes Career Achievement Award for practice-changing research in COPD and other chronic lung diseases
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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
Addison, Christina
Senior Scientist
(Cancer Therapeutics)
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
(Clinical Epidemiology)
First Nations, Inuit and Métis Health, Health in disadvantaged peoples, Infectious disease, Lung disease, Population health, Tuberculosis Clinical research, Epidemiology, Public health
Gilbert, Sebastien
Clinician Investigator
(Clinical Epidemiology)
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
Associate Scientist
(Clinical Epidemiology)
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
Associate Scientist
(Clinical Epidemiology)
Lung disease Epidemiology
Pakhale, Smita
MD, FRCPC, MSc (Epi & Biostat)
Senior Scientist
(Clinical Epidemiology)
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
Senior Scientist
(Regenerative Medicine)
Lung disease, Newborn and child health Cell therapy, Extracellular vesicles / exosomes, Molecular and cellular biology, Regenerative medicine, Stem cells, Translational research