Respiratory Research centre in Canada: Meakins-Christie Laboratories of the RI-MUHC and McGIll University

2015 Respiratory Research News Meakins-Christie Laboratories

  • 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)
  • 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)