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2017

  • Ellen Zhou, a former trainee under the supervision of Dr. Simon Rousseau, and now a MD-PhD student at McGill, received the 2017 Canadian Medical Hall of Fame Award. (September 2017) 
  • The 2017 Joint Summer Student Research Day was held August 10, 2017. The participating RI-MUHC programs were: RESP, CHHD, CRP, MeDIC, and CHAL. There were 53 oral and poster presentations, 13 of which came from RESP summer students. Congratulations to all on their excellent presentations. The award for best oral went to Sean McGrath (supervisor: Andrea Benedetti). The award for best poster went to Michelle Liang (supervisor: Anne-Marie Lauzon). See photos here (August 2017)
  • Dr. Dorival Martins, postdoctoral fellow with Dr. Dao Nguyen was interviewed by CF Canada. He and Dr. Nguyen uncovered new mechanisms that P. aeruginosa uses to escape antibiotic killing that may be targeted to improve the effectiveness of currently used drugs. Read about his project and the interview here. (July 2017)
  • Dr. Christine McCusker’s research was featured on CIHR’s Celebrating Health Research in honor of Canada’s 150 #Canada150: Developing a molecule to help people with allergies breathe easier. (June 2017)
  • Congratulations to all our trainees this summer for the following awards. Eva Kaufmann and Nargis Khan (Dr. Maziar Divangahi): FRQS postdoctoral award. Eisha Ahmed (Dr. Bruce Mazer): CIHR Undergraduate Summer Studentship Award. We also congratulations RECRU trainees. Zhiyi Lan (Dr. Dick Menzies): Master’s Award: Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarships and FRQS Masters award. (June 2017)
  • Congratulations to our RESP researchers! Dr. Marta Kaminska received the FRQS Chercheurs-Boursiers Cliniciens award – Junior 2. (June 2017)
  • The 28th annual Respiratory Research Day featured 50 oral and poster28th Annual Respiratory Research Day at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre presentations. The winners for best oral presentation were: Dorival Martins (supervisor: Dr. Dao Nguyen) and Adamo Donovan (supervisor: Dr. Ben Smith). The winners for best poster presentation were: Raquel Farias (supervisor: Dr. Jean Bourbeau), Fatmah Al-Habeeb (supervisor: Dr. Carolyn Baglole), Rola Hamed (supervisor: Dr. Larry Lands), and Vanessa Moarbes (supervisor: Dr. Becky Fixman). (June 2017)
  • Dr. Sabah Hussain received the Department of Medicine Award for Excellence in Research by a Staff Member. This award is in recognition of ongoing excellence in research by a senior member of the Department of Medicine at the McGill University Health Centre. The nominee’s research program is judged on its importance, the impact of the results, the ability to obtain funding, research mentoring and research productivity. (June 2017)
  • Dr. Basil Petrof has been appointed Director of the Meakins-Christie Laboratories effective May 15th, 2017 for a five year term. As Director of the Meakins, Dr. Petrof will be responsible for the scientific leadership and all administrative matters within the Meakins. Dr. Petrof is an accomplished and an internationally recognized scientist for his work on respiratory muscle dysfunction and sleep disordered breathing. (May 2017)
  • Necola Guerrina (supervisor: Dr. Carolyn Baglole) was interviewed and featured on the RI-MUHC Focus on Our Trainees page. Read more here. (April 2017)
  • Dr. Larry Lands received a 2 year grant from the CF Foundation (US) for his project entitled “Rhinovirus in CF bronchial epithelial cells”. (March 2017)
  • Congratulations Necola Guerrina (supervisor: Dr. Carolyn Baglole). She placed 2nd at theThe winners of this year’s 3-Minute Thesis / Ma thèse en 180 secondes (from left to right): Laura-Joy Boulos, People’s Choice Award; Olivier Sulpis, winner, Ma thèse en 180 secondes; Kashif Khan, winner, 3MT; Nicholas Zelt, 3rd place, 3MT; and Necola Guerrina, 2nd place, 3MT. / Photo: Owen Egan McGill University 3 Minute Thesis finals (March 2017). Read more here. The top three finalists are all trainees from the RI-MUHC!
  • Necola Guerrina (supervisor: Dr. Carolyn Baglole) has moved past the first round of Heats for the McGill University 3 Minute Thesis competition. Necola will be competing at the Finals on March 15th, 2017 from 1-3pm in the Thomson House Dr. Elizabeth Fixman and Dr. Bahar Torabi were interviewd for International Day of Women and Girls in ScienceBallroom. Way to go Necola! (March 2017)
  • To mark the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, our very own Dr. Elizabeth Fixman and Dr. Bahar Torabi were interviewed by the RI-MUHC. Way to go! Read the interview here. (February 2017)
  • Congratulations to Dr. Basil Petrof on receiving a 3 year grant from CF Canada for his project entitled “Addressing Muscle Wasting in Cystic Fibrosis”. (February 2017)
  • The Meakins welcomes its newest faculty member: Dr. Ilan Azuelos.  Ilan is an Assistant Professor at McGill University and Attending Staff at the MUHC. His research aims to elucidate the molecular basis for the development and progression of pulmonary fibrosis, by examining the metabolism of fibrotic lesions in the lung. His clinical work and teaching will be based primarily at the Glen site, on the inpatient and outpatient respiratory services of the Montreal Chest Institute. (January 2017)

2016

  • Congratulations to Dr. Dao Nguyen for receiving the 2016 Cystic Fibrosis Research Innovation Award (junior investigator) for her research project entitled: The impact of Pseudomonas aeruginosa lasR variants on airway inflammation and CF lung disease. (November 2016)
  • Congratulations to Dr. Carolyn Baglole on receiving 2 year funding from the Boehringer-Ingleheim’s Innovation in Understanding ILD (BUILD) program for her project entitled “Prognostic and therapeutic utility of human antigen R (HUR) in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis”. (November 2016)
  • Dr. Benoit Allard (PDF with Dr. James Martin) received a prize for best oral communicationPhoto of Benoit Allard at the RSR-FRQS meeting during the 2016 Congrès québecois en santé respiratoire (November 2016)
  • Congratulations Dr. Maziar Divangahi! Together with an international consortium, he published the first Primer on Tuberculosis in Nature Reviews Disease Primers.
  • Dr. Christine McCusker was honoured as the inaugural recipient of the Canadian Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology’s (CSACI) F. Estelle R. Simons Award for Research (October 2016).
  • Dr. Christine McCusker spoke during the launch of the MUHC Foundation’s Discovery Club. Together with Drs. Phil Gold, Jacques Genest, Nitika Pant Pai, and the Honourable Marc Garneau, we heard about how our very own researchers are defining the future of research (October 2016).
  • Watch the video from our May 2016 Café Scientifique on Rare Respiratory Diseases. Thank you again to Michel Rochon who moderated the event flawlessly, Sarah Dettmers who shared her courageous story as a CF patient, and our experts: Dr. Jennifer Landry, Dr. Larry Lands, Dr. André Cantin, Dr. Arnold Kristof, and Dr. Simon Rousseau (October 2016).
  • Dr. Bruce Mazer was appointed Interim Executive Director and Chief Scientific Officer, RI-MUHC (October 2016).
  • The 1st Summer Student Research Day was fantastic! Congratulations to all the 2016 Summer Student Research DayMeakins/RESP summer students who presented: Joyce Jang (James Martin lab), Oliver Schneider (Bruce Mazer and Christine McCusker labs), Andrea Wang (Dao Nguyen lab), Kashmira Prasade (Carolyn Baglole lab), Brandon Stopnicki (Bruce Mazer lab). (August 2016)
  • The Meakins would like to say thank youDr. Christina Haston and farewell to Dr. Christina Haston. Dr. Haston joined McGill and the Meakins in 2002. She is now moving across Canada and will continue her research at the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences at UBC Okanagan. We wish you all the best! (August 2016)
  • Drs. Carolyn Baglole and Dao Nguyen have been promoted to Associate Professors with tenure at McGill University (July 2016)
  • Congratulations to all successful CIHR Project Scheme applicants. From the Meakins: Anne-Marie Lauzon for her grant entitled “Establishing the role of airway smooth muscle in human asthma and its potential as a target for therapy”. James Martin for his grant entitled “EGFR; a key pathway in immune effector responses and asthmatic airway remodeling”. Basil Petrof for his grant entitled “Novel strategies for treating respiratory CIHR logomuscle failure in muscular dystrophy”. Dao Nguyen for her grant entitled “Genetic adaptation of Pseudomonas aeruginosa and lung inflammation”. Arnold Kristof for his grant (bridge funding) entitled “Targeted Therapies for Lymphangioleiomyomatosis”. We would also like to congratulate the following RECRU members on their successful grants. Faiz Ahmad Khan for his grant entitled “Computer-aided detection of pulmonary tuberculosis on digital chest x-rays: its role in the detection of active tuberculosis in a high burden setting of low HIV prevalence. John Kimoff for his grant entitled “Effects of positive airway pressure treatment of obstructive sleep-disordered breathing on maternal and fetal outcomes in hypertensive disorders of pregnancy: a pilot randomized controlled trial”. And Jean Bourbeau for his bridge funding grant with Sara Ahmed and Jacques Ricard entitled “Maximizing the effects of self-management interventions on chronic disease outcomes: implementation of a chronic disease patient health portal in primary care”. (July 2016)
  • Photo of 2016 Research Day Winner: Alice Panariti with Dr. Basil Petrof and Dr. Carolyn BagloleThe 27th Annual Respiratory Research Day was a success. Thank you to all the presenters for attending and presenting their research. The best poster presentation winners were: Di Xue (PhD Trainee, Supervisor: Bruce Mazer), Alice Panariti (PDF, Supervisor: James Martin & Qutayba Hamid), Guillaume Mullie (Medical Trainee, Supervisor: Kevin Schwartzman), Yukiko Sato (MSc Trainee, Supervisor: John Hanrahan). (May 2016) For pictures: Meakins Facebook (May 2016)
  • A new study by Dr. Larry Lands reinforces the importance Larry Lands in the news with Promising advances in CF and newborn screeningof implementing newborn screening for Cystic Fibrosis in Quebec (May 2016).
  • Dr. Alejandro GRASSINO 1938-2016 It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Dr. Alejandro Grassino on May 3, 2016. Born on April 5, 1938 in Manuel Galvez, Argentina to Luisa Rossini and Alejandro Grassino, Dr. Grassino completed his medical degree at Rosario Medical School and a fellowship at Harvard University before becoming Head of the Respiratory Division at Notre Dame Hospital, Professor of Medicine at McGill University and Université de Montreal, and Research Director at the Meakins-Christie Laboratories. Deeply dedicated to his calling as a pneumologist, Dr. Grassino was held in high esteem by colleagues, students, and patients alike while receiving many accolades for his research contributions to the specialty. He will be forever cherished by his devoted spouse of 42 years, Ilze Kraulis, his daughter Marie- Anne, his son Alexander (Renée Figlarz), and his grandchildren, Anya and Mark. He will also be fondly remembered by family in Argentina and close friends. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society of Montreal or to a charity held dear. (May 2016)
  • Congratulations to Jean-Philippe Leduc-Gaudet (sup: Sabah Hussain) for receiving a CIHR Doctoral Award – Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarship (declined) and for receiving the Vanier Graduate Scholarship for three years (accepted). Congratulations to Dorival Martins (sup: Dao Nguyen) for receiving a CIHR Fellowship (April 2016)
  • Fonds de la recherche en santé du QuébecCongratulations to all who received 2016/2017 FRQS Salary AwardsCarolyn Baglole (Chercheurs-Boursiers Junior 2), Sushmita Pamidi (Chercheurs-Boursiers Cliniciens Junior 1), Jason Shahin(Chercheurs-Boursiers Cliniciens Junior 1), Ilan Azuelos (Formation pour les médecins residents visant une carrière en recherche). (April 2016)
  • The 2016/2017 FRQS Awards Results are out! Congratulations to all our trainees who received funding for their projects. Masters AwardsZsombor Balassy (sup: Anne-Marie Lauzon), Bahar Torabi (sup: Bruce Mazer); Doctoral AwardsManyan Fung (sup: Arnold Kristof), Jean-Philippe Leduc-Gaudet (award declined) (sup: Sabah Hussain); PDF AwardsIsabelle Meunier (sup: Maziar Divangahi), Erwan Pernet (sup: Maziar Divangahi). (April 2016)
  • Congratulations to Drs. Carolyn Baglole and Benjamin Smith who received 2 year funding from the RI-MUHC Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp Grant Opportunities for Applications in Biomedical Research for their grant entitled “Airway Branch Patterns and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease”. This junior team is being mentored by Dr. Aimée Ryan (CHHD program). (April 2016)
  • Congratulations to Dr. Maziar Divangahi who received 2 year funding with Dr. Donald Vinh (IDIGH program) from the RI-MUHC Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp Grant Opportunities for Applications in Biomedical Research for their grant entitled “The role of CARD9 in monocyte/macrophage immunity to fungal infections”. This junior team is being mentored by Drs. Donald Sheppard, Marcel Behr, Salman Qureshi, and Irah King. (April 2016)
  • Congratulations to Dr. Simon Rousseau on receiving 3 year (2016-2019) funding from Cystic Fibrosis Canada for his grant proposal entitled “Unravelling the complexity of IL-6 signaling in CF lung disease“. (March 2016)
  • Congratulations to Jeffrey Downey (Sup: Maziar Divangahi) and Necola Guerrina (Sup: Carolyn Baglole) who tied for first place for best oral presentation at the 16th Annual McGill Biomedical Graduate Conference (AMBGC).Congratulations to Jeffrey Downey (Sup: Maziar Divangahi) and Necola Guerrina (Sup: Carolyn Baglole) who tied for first place for best oral presentation at the 16th Annual McGill Biomedical Graduate Conference (AMBGC). Congratulations to Swati Pareek (Sup: Carolyn Baglole) for winning a prize for best poster presentation at the 16th AMBGC. We are proud that Meakins trainees did so well! (March 2016)
  • Congratulations to Dao Nguyen on receiving an 18 month Discovery Award from the Department of Defence entitled “Bacteria-derived small molecules as novel antimicrobial adjuvents for the treatment of nosocomial and drug-resistant bacterial infections.” (January 2016)
  • Congratulations to Dr. Christine McCuscker and her team: their work was recognized by Québec Science magazine as one of the Top 10 Discoveries of 2015. Vote for them here! (January 2016)

2015

  • Bahar Torabi, MD a graduate student in Bruce Mazer’s laboratory, has been awarded a Richard and Edith Strauss Clinician Fellowship  for 2015-2016. Dr. Torabi’s Project is on Humoral Immune Responses in Oral Tolerance Therapy for Food Allergies (Aug 25, 2015)
  • Congratulations to Di Xue  (PhD student of Bruce Mazer) for winning the best abstract presentation at the prestigious Riken Institute Integrated Medical Science summer program in Yokohama, Japan. (Aug 5, 2015)
  • Dr. Arnold Kristof participated in the Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance 50K Research Challenge. Watch his video below.

  • Congratulations to Maziar Divangahi on receiving a 5-year Foundation grant from the CIHR for his proposal entitled “Regulation of Anti-Microbial Macrophage Response to Pulmonary Infections” (July 24, 2015)
  • Congratulations to Bruce Mazer on receiving a 5-year operating grant from the CIHR for his proposal entitled “Regulatory B-cells inhibit Allergic Airways Disease: Role of Semaphorin 4C” (July 24, 2015)
  • The winning presentations at the Annual Respiratory Research Day of the MUHC-RI, held on May 25, 2015, were: MSc/PhD students: Jeffrey Downey (sup: Maziar Divangahi) & Shantelle LaFayette (sup: Dao Nguyen); Clin/Postdoc Fellows:  Matthieu Storme (sup: Faiz Ahmad Khan) & Benoît Allard (sup: James Martin). Congratulations to all! (May 2015)
  • Congratulations to Francois Coulombe for his outstanding thesis with Maziar Divangahi. Francois has been awarded the Governor General’s Gold Medal, conferred upon the most outstanding McGill graduate receiving a Doctoral degree in 2014-2015 in any discipline. He also received the Gordon A. Maclachlan Prize in the Biological and Health Sciences in recognition of his exemplary academic record, the excellence of his thesis, and the significance of his research. (22 May, 2015)
  • Chris McCusker was interviewed by Radio Canada International on her latest research on a novel potential therapy for allergic diseases. Read about or listen to the interview. (20 May, 2015)
  • Congratulations to the MCL faculty who recently received Chercheur-Boursier awards from Le Fonds de recherche du Québec – Santé (FRQS):
    Maziar Divangahi (Junior 2)
    Arnold Kristof (Clinicien – Senior)
    Dao Nguyen (Clinicien – Junior 2) (19 May, 2015)
  • Congratulations to Becky Fixman on receiving 3-year funding from the US Dept of Defence for her grant entitled “STAT6-dependent bridging of innate and Th2 adaptive immunity in the lung” (Brian Ward, coinvestigator)      (9 Apr, 2015)
  • Congratulations to Chris McCusker on receiving 1½ year funding from the US Dept of Defense for her grant entitled “Prevention and treatment of food allergy through STAT6-IP immunomodulation”      (9 Apr, 2015)
  • Congratulations to Anne-Marie Lauzon on the renewal of her NSERC grant entitled “Smooth muscle molecular mechanics ” for 5 years .      (9 Apr, 2015)
  • Congratulations to Bruce Mazer on his appointment as Deputy Executive Director/Deputy Chief Scientific Officer of the MUHC Research Institute and Head of Child Health Research at the Montreal Children’s Hospital of the MUHC (announcement)     (19 Mar, 2015)
  • Congratulations to Fanny Tzelepis for her recent paper with Maziar Divangahi in JCI: “Annexin1 regulates DC efferocytosis and cross-presentation during Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection”  (13 Jan, 2015)

2014

  • Congratulations to Qutayba Hamid for receiving the 2014 CSCI Distinguished Scientist Award from the Canadian Society for Clinical Investigation. His Award Lecture will be given at the CSCI 2014 Annual Conference in Toronto this November.  (15 Jul, 2014)
  • Congratulations to Anne-Marie Lauzon on her promotion to Full Professor (19 Jun, 2014)
  • Congratulations to Simon Rousseau on his promotion to Associate Professor with tenure (19 Jun, 2014)
  • Congratulations to Fanny Tzelepis (supervisor: Maziar Divangahi) for receiving the Alpha Travel Award for the best presentation at the TB Research Day  (19 Jun, 2014)
  • Congratulations to Jeffrey Downey (supervisor: Maziar Divangahi) for the best presentation by graduate students at the Dept of Pathology (19 Jun, 2014)
  • Congratulations to Joanna Jaworska for her recent publication with Maziar Divangahi in PNAS entitled “NLRX1 prevents mitochondrial induced apoptosis and enhances macrophage antiviral immunity by interacting with influenza virus PB1-F2 protein” (19 Jun, 2014)
  • Congratulations to the following students and fellows for their for their winning presentations at the 25th Annual Respiratoiry Research Day: MSc: Matthew Iu (sup: Carolyn Baglole); PhD: Mark Bazett (sup: Christina Haston); PDF: Kamalika Mojumdar (sup: Basil Petrof); Clin Fellow: Andreea Morogan (sup: Jean Bourbeau) (5 Jun, 2014)
  • Congratulations to Francois Coulombe and Maziar Divangahi for their recent publication in Immunity (impact factor 19.8)  (16 Apr, 2014)
  • Bill Powell received a “Proof-of-Principle-2” grant from the CIHR (Development of novel OXE receptor antagonists for asthma; Coinvestigator: Joshua Rokach, Florida Insitute of Technology, Industrial partner: Amorchem)  (1 Mar, 2014)
  • Dao Nguyen received a Pilot Grant from the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (P. aeruginosa 15-lipoxygenase modulation of eicosanoid lipid mediators)  (1 Mar, 2014)
  • Congratulations to the following students, who received Meakins Recognition Prizes for their publications in 2013: Yeting Guo (Sup: Sabah Hussain; Am J Respir Crit Care Med.), Karim Shalaby (Sup: Jim Martin; J Immunol), and Adam Flaczyk (Sup: Slman Qureshi; J Immunol). (17 Feb, 2014)
  • Congratulations to Jim Martin on his appointment as Chair of the Department of Medicine of McGill University and Physician-in-Chief of the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC). Official announcement (Jan 2014)

2013

  • Raquel Farias (supervisor Simon Rousseau) has won 1st place for her presentation at the Congrès Québécois en Santé Respiratoire.  (19 Nov, 2013)
  • Congratulations to Qutayba Hamid on his reappontment as Director of the Meakins-Christie Laboratories for a second 5-year term  (5 Nov, 2013)
  • Congratulations to Anne-Marie Lauzon on her appointment as Director of the Division of Experimental Medicine  (5 Nov, 2013)
  • Francois Coulombe (supervisor Maziar Divangahi) has been awarded RI MUHC Studentship.
    (29 Aug, 2013)
  • Lisa Honeyman (supervisor Christina Haston) has been awarded a Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarship by the CIHR.      (14 Aug, 2013) 
  • Amit Kunwar (supervisor Christina Haston) has been awarded a Richard and Edith Strauss Postdoctoral Fellowship in Respiratory Medicine.      (14 Aug, 2013) 
  • Congratulations to Qutayba Hamid on his election as Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada
    (7 Aug, 2013) 
  • We are pleased to announce that the 2013-2014 Severe Asthma GlaxoSmithKline Fellowship has been awarded to Kévin Dessalle (sup. Qutayba Hamid & Mara Ludwig).
    (9 July, 2013)
  • Congratulations to Bruce Mazer whose CIHR application (GET-FACTS: Genetics, Environment and Therapies: Food Allergy Clinical Tolerance Studies) was ranked first by the review committee for Programmatic Grants in Food and Health.
    (27 June, 2013)
  • Congratulations to Joshua Gillard (sup M Divangahi) for winning 2nd place for his presentation at the McGill TB research day.
    (21 June, 2013)
  • Congratulations to MCL faculty on their success with CIHR applications (March 1 competition): – Maziar Divangahi (Therapeutic implications of macrophage apoptosis in TB) was rated 2nd by the Respiratory Committee. – Christina Haston was ranked 4th (20 June, 2013)
  • Congratulations for the winning presentations at the Respiratory Axis Research Day (supervisors in brackets):
    MSc Students: Ilan Azuelos (Petrof) & Adam Flaczyk (Qureshi)
    PhD students:  François Coulombe (Divangahi)
    Post Doctoral Fellows: Christian Giordano (Petrof) & Fanny Tzelepis (Divangahi)
    Clinical Fellows:  Chris Walsh (Martin)
    (20 June, 2013)
  • Congratulations to Jim Martin for receiving a 3-year grant from Cystic Fibrosis Canada. (11 Mar, 2013)
  • Congratulations to the following students, who received Meakins Recognition Prizes for their publications in 2012: Amir Massoud (Sup: Bruce Mazer; JACI), Trevor Beaudoin (Sup: Simon Rousseau; J Infect DisKarim Shalaby (Sup: Jim Martin; J Immunol), and Alexandra Paun (Sup: Christina Haston; Radiother Oncol). (20 Feb, 2013)
  • Russ Hepple (Mechanisms of motor unit protection by exercise training in aging muscle) and Jim Martin (Novel roles for cysteinyl leukotrienes in oxidant induced airway injury from chlorine; ranked 2nd in Resp Committee; co-investigator Bill Powell) both received operating grants from the CIHR. (31 Jan, 2013)

2012

  • Congratulations to Sarah McCuaig on being awarded a Rhodes Scholarship to study at Oxford University (see article in the McGill Reporter). Sarah has been working as an undergraduate student with Jim Martin for the past year and a half.  (7 Dec, 2012)
  • The winners for their presentations at the MUHC-RI Respiratory Axis Research Day were:
    MScMichele Schaeffer (Sup, Dennis Jensen); PhDAmir Massoud (Sup, Bruce Mazer); PDFFanny Tzelepis (Sup: Maziar Divangahi); Clin FelIlan Azuelos (Sup Basil Petrof) (4 July, 2012)
  • MCL researchers ranked 2nd, 3rd & 4th by CIHR Resp Systems Committee. Congratulations to Simon Rousseau (2nd; Role of epithelium-derived IL-33 in driving lung inflammation in Cystic Fibrosis patients), Carolyn Baglole (3rd; Molecular regulation of cigarette smoke-induced pulmonary disease by the aryl hydrocarbon receptor) and Basil Petrof (4th; Ventilator-induced diaphragmatic dysfunction). Sabah Hussain was ranked 7th by the Movement & Exercise committee (Sepsis-induced skeletal muscle dysfunction: Role of autophagy(14 June, 2012)
  • Bill Powell, Joshua Rokach (PI, Florida Inst Technology) and Carol Reinero (University of Missouri) received a 3-year grant from the American Asthma Foundation (5-Oxo-ETE: A Novel Inflammatory Mediator(25 May, 2012)
  • Saba Al Heialy (Sup, James Martin) won the James Hogg Prize for the best presentation at the 2nd Annual Canadian Thoracic Society Poster Competition held during the 2012 ATS meeting. Michela Zago (Sup, Carolyn Baglole) won second prize. Congratulations to both.  (25 May, 2012)
  • Carolyn Baglole has received a Junior-1 Chercheur-Boursier award from the FRSQ (Régulation moléculaire de la fumée de cigarette induit une maladie pulmonaire par le récepteur d’aryl d’hydrocarbone) (2 May, 2012)
  • Simon Rousseau has received a Junior-2 Chercheur-Boursier award from the FRSQ (Mécanismes de signalisation intracellulaire régulant l’inflammation suite aux infections pulmonaires). His application was ranked #1 by the committee! (2 May, 2012)
  • Dao Nguyen has successfully renewed her phase 2 CIHR Clinician Scientist award (The role of the stringent response and 4-hydroxy-2-alkylquinolines in the antibiotic tolerance of Pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilms).
  • Gabriel Kaufman (Sup, Bruce Mazer) was awarded a 3-yr Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarship by the CIHR. (2 May, 2012)
  • Congratulations to Carolyn Baglole (Post-transcriptional regulation of protein expression by the aryl hydrocarbon receptor) and Jim Martin (The role of CD44 in the bidirectional crosstalk between T lymphocytes and airway smooth muscle) on receiving a 5-yr grants from NSERC
    (3 Apr, 2012)
  • Gabriel Kaufman (Sup, Bruce Mazer) has been awarded a 2-year PhD studentship from Canadian Blood Services (12 Mar, 2012)
  • Congratulations to Christina Haston on the renewal of her 3-year grant from CF Canada entitled “Intestinal microbiome of Cftr deficient mice and its influence on lung function” (8 Mar, 2012)
  • Mark Bazett (Sup, Christina Haston) has been awarded a studentship from CF Canada (8 Mar. 2012)
  • Congratulations to Nobuaki Hirota (Sup, Jim Martin) and Mark Bazett (Sup, Christina Haston) who have been selected as the winners of the Meakins Recognition Awards, for high caliber publications by trainees. (23 Feb, 2012)

2011

  • Congratulations to Saba Al Heialy for her prize-winning PhD presentation at the APPQ-RSR du FRSQ meeting in Quebec City (Nov 3-5) (11 Nov, 2011)
  • Qutayba Hamid presented a keynote lecture entitled “Recent advances in the pathogenesis of severe asthma” at the 2011 CHEST Conference in Hawaii in October (10 Nov, 2011)
  • Congratulations to David Eidelman on his appointment as Dean of Medicine and Vice-Principal for Health Affairs at McGill University (17 Oct, 2011)
  • Congratulations to the winners at the Respiratory Axis Research Day:
    Clinical Fellows: Nicole Ezer (1st); Nathalie Saad (2nd)
    Post Doctoral FellowsChristian Giordano (1st); Audrey Poon (2nd)
    Graduate Students: Saba Al Heialy (1st); Toby McGovern (2nd)
  • Qutayba Hamid has received the 2011 Distinguished Lecturer in Respiratory Sciences Awardfrom the CIHR Institute of Circulatory and Respiratory Health and the Canadian Thoracic Society in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the advancement of respiratory sciences in Canada. The award will be presented in October at the 2011 CHEST Conference in Hawaii where he will give a keynote lecture.
  • Congratulations to Mihaela Paun for receiving the Marie Curie Award from the Radiation Research Society for the best abstract submitted by a Scholar-in-Training. (30 May, 2011)
  • Congratulations to Maziar Divangahi for obtaining a New Investigator Award from the CIHR (20 Apr, 2011)
  • Congratulations to Christina Haston for renewing her Canadian Cancer Society grant (Inflammatory composition of radiation-induced lung disease) (14 Apr, 2011)
  • Congratulations to MCL researchers for receiving NSERC grants:
    Maziar Divangahi (Genomic study of the macrophage death program induced by mycobacterium tuberculosis); Jim Martin (Role of CD44 in bidirectional crosstalk between smooth muscle and T lymphocytes); Bruce Mazer (Semaphorin 4C; a novel homing molecule in memory B cell and plasma cell development(25 Mar, 2011)
  • We were extremely saddened by the unexpected death of Peter Macklem last month. Peter was the founding Director of the Meakins-Christie Laboratories between 1972 and 1979, when he resigned to become Chair of the Dept of Medicine at McGill. He was a widely respected international figure in respiratory research and was active until his death on February 11. We will miss him greatly. For obituaries see see pages on McGill and yourlifemoments. A memorial for Peter will be held at McGill in May.
  • Congratulations to Ying Chang (Dr. Hamid); Mark Bazett (Dr. Haston) and Toby McGovern (Dr. Martin) who have been selected as the winners of the Meakins Recognition Awards, for high caliber publications by trainees.
  • Congratulations to Sabah Hussain whose grant application (Mechanisms of Angiopoietin/Tie-2 signaling in endothelial cells) was ranked 2nd out of 55 by the CIHR cardiovascular committee

2010

  • Congratulations to Maziar Divangahi on his 2 recent Nature papers: Eicosanoid pathways regulate adaptive immunity to Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Nat Immunol 11:751-8 (2010) and Evasion of innate immunity by Mycobacterium tuberculosis: is death an exit strategy? Nat Rev Microbiol 8:668-74 (2010)
    (7 Sept, 2010)
  • Congratulations to the winners of the Meakins Recognition Awards, which are given for high calibre publications by trainees:
    – Mahroo Mofarrahi
    – Alexandra Paun
    – Lucie Roussel
  • Congratulations to the following Meakins faculty for receiving CIHR operating grants:
    Elizabeth Fixman (Th17/IL-17 specific mechanisms regulating inflammation and remodeling in allergic airways disease; 5 years)
    Maziar Divangahi (Immune regulatory role of host lipid mediators in pulmonary influenza infection; 5 years)
    Sabah Hussain (Mechanisms of Angiopoietin/Tie-2 signaling in endothelial cells; 1 year)
    (30 June, 2010)
  • Congratulations to Toby McGovern for receiving a studentship award from from the Canadian Thoracic Society (she was ranked 1st out of 12) (30 June, 2010)
  • Congratulations to the winning students & fellows at the Res Inst Resp Axis Research Day:
    Clinical Fellows:  Benjamin Smith and Faiz Khan
    Grad PhD:  Saba Al Heialy
    Grad MSc:  Stephanie Robins
    Post Doctoral Fellow:  Sharon Bullimore
    (29 June, 2010)
  • Congratulations to Arnie Kristof, who was promoted to Associate Professor in the Dept of Medicine (June 17, 2010)
  • Congratulations to Maziar Divangahi, whose operating grant application was ranked 5th out of 53 by the CIHR Virology committee (June 10, 2010).
  • The Meakins-Christie Laboratories would like to welcome two new members:
    Carolyne Baglole from the Universtity of Rochester, who is working on the role of the aryl hydrocarbon receptor in lung disease and Dao Nguyen from the Montreal General Hospital, who is working on the molecular microbiology of biofilms and Pseudomonas aeruginosa infections. (May 3, 2010)
  • Dao Nguyen has recently received a grant of $140,000 from the CFI s Leaders Opportunity Fund for the study of Pseudomonas Aeruginosa biofilm and antibiotic tolerance (May 3, 2010)
  • Congratulations to Anne-Marie Lauzon for receiving a 5-yr operating grant from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (Mar 30, 2010)
  • Congratulation to Christina Haston for receiving a 2-yr operating grant from the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (Mar 12, 2010)
  • Congratulation to Simon Rousseau for receiving a 3-yr operating grant from the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (Mar 12, 2010)
  • Qutayba Hamid has been appointed Associate Director for Recruitment & Career Development of the MUHC Research Institute (Feb 4, 2010)
  • Congratulations to MCL members for receiving CIHR 5-year operating grants:
    Anne-Marie LauzonSmooth muscle mechanics in airway hyperresponsiveness and asthma
    Salman QureshiGenetic and functional analysis of host resistance to cryptococcus
    (2 Feb, 2010)
  • We were recently saddened by the passing of Mike Ward, who was at the Meakins-Christie Labs until he moved to Toronto in 1999. An obituary appeared in today’s Globe and Mail (5 Jan, 2010)

2009

  • We would like to welcome Salman Qureshi as a new member of the Meakins-Christie Labs (Dec-09)
  • David Eidelman has been reappointed as McGill Chair of Medicine for a 2nd 5-year term (Dec-09)
  • Jim Martin was invited to give the Distinguihed Lecture in Respiratory Sciences at the 2009 Canadian Cardiovascular Congress (Nov-09)
  • Saba Al Heialy and David Préfontaine won prizes for the best presentations by PhD students at the APQ meeting (Nov-09)
  • Genevieve Bates is the new president of SPiRE. Please contact her if you would like to help (Oct-09)
  • Bill Powell received a Proof-of-Principle grant from the CIHR (Jul-09)
  • Christina Haston was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure (Jun-09)
  • Simon Rousseau for received a 5-year NSERC Discovery Grant (May-09)
  • The following Meakins researchers were successful in the latest FRSQ competition (May-09):
    Christina Haston: Senior Chercheur-Boursier
    Genevieve Bates: MSc studentship (AM Lauzon)
    Jill Fielhaber: PhD studentship (A Kristof)
    Lucie Roussel Vavasseur: Postdoc (S Rousseau)