Who We Are
The Meakins Christie Laboratories was founded in 1972 by Dr. Peter Macklem. The Meakins comprises the largest group of pulmonary, allergy, and critical care medicine researchers at McGill University and the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC). Since its inception, the Meakins has established an international reputation as one of the premiere centres for pulmonary research in the world that studies respiratory health across the lifespan. Furthermore, the Meakins serves as an important training ground for students and postdoctoral fellows (MD & PhD). As a result, Meakins trainees have gone on to assume important leadership positions in respiratory medicine and science across the globe. There are on average 50-60 postdoctoral fellows and graduate students at the Meakins at any given time. Our trainees are supported by the Research Associates, Research Assistants, Technicians, and Administrative staff that make up the entire Meakins family. The current Director is Dr. Basil J. Petrof.
What We Research
Research is focused around four main research themes: chronic airways disease, lung injury and infection, neuromuscular dysfunction in respiratory diseases, and sleep-disordered breathing. The Meakins investigators work closely with other colleagues. These include clinical researchers within the McGill Respiratory Epidemiology and Clinical Research Unit (RECRU) and MUHC hospital units, including the Respiratory Division and the Department of Critical Care Medicine. As such, they are well positioned to address translational research questions in both pediatric and adult respiratory disease populations. Researchers at the Meakins are working to solve important respiratory health challenges. They study diseases such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, pulmonary infections, cystic fibrosis, sleep apnea, respiratory muscle disorders, pulmonary fibrosis, lung injury, and rare respiratory diseases.
Our Faculty and Associate Members
The core Faculty Members and Associate Members of the Meakins bring together a broad array of complementary skills and expertise. Together they provide unique insights into the different research questions being studied. The Meakins members are an approximately equal mix of physician-scientists and PhDs with diverse scientific backgrounds. In addition to their knowledge of respiratory diseases, allergic airways diseases, and critical care medicine, they have been trained in physiology, genetics, biochemistry, pathology, cellular & molecular biology, biochemistry, bioengineering, neurobiology, and other fields. Hence our members hold primary appointments and cross-appointments in the Departments of Medicine, Critical Care, Pediatrics, Physiology, Genetics, Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology, Biomedical Engineering, Neurology, and Pharmacology. The Meakins form the largest component of the Translational Research in Respiratory Diseases Program (RESP) of the RI-MUHC. The RI-MUHC is funded through the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) and the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Santé (FRQ-S).
History of the Meakins-Christie Laboratories
HISTORY OF THE MEAKINS-CHRISTIE LABORATORIES
by Peter T. Macklem
Published in Physiological Basis of Respiratory Disease, Q Hamid, J Shannon, and JG Martin, eds, BC Decker Inc, Hamilton, Ontario, 2005. “The first quarter of the twentieth century marks the beginning of the history of the Meakins-Christie Laboratories for Respiratory Research.” Read the entire article here.
RESPIRATORY MEDICINE AND RESEARCH AT MCGILL UNIVERSITY: A HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE
by James Martin and Kevin Schwartzman
Published in Canadian Respiratory Journal, Vol 22, No 1, January/February 2015. Read the entire article here.
Support from Private Foundations
THE MEAKINS-CHRISTIE LABORATORIES WOULD LIKE TO THANK ALL THE SUPPORT RECEIVED FROM PRIVATE FOUNDATIONS
Costello Family – Mrs. Yvonne Costello Gould
Richard and Edith Strauss Foundation
Lloyd Harris Foundation
Felicia and Arnold Aaron Foundation
Mrs. Barbara Kuper