About the Meakins-Christie Laboratories

Who We Are

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The Meakins Christie Laboratories is a pulmonary research centre founded in 1972 by Dr. Peter Macklem. The Meakins comprises the largest group of pulmonary, allergy, and critical care medicine researchers at both McGill University and the RI-MUHC. Since its inception, the Meakins has established itself as one of the premiere centres that studies respiratory health across the lifespan. Importantly, the Meakins serves as a training ground for students and fellows (MD & PhD). As a result, Meakins trainees have gone on to assume important leadership positions across the globe. 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

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Pulmonary 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, the Meakins-Christie Laboratories are well positioned to address translational research questions in both pediatric and adult 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.

Read more about our Pulmonary Research Programs and our Research Accomplishments.

Our Faculty and Associate Members

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James Hogg (MCL alumnus) and Jonathan Meakins (whose grandfather lent his name to the MCL), shown with David Eidelman, received honorary degrees from McGill on March 27, 2015

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. They have a deep knowledge of respiratory diseases, allergic airways diseases, and critical care medicine. Even more, they have been trained in physiology, genetics, biochemistry, pathology, cellular & molecular biology, biochemistry, bioengineering, and neurobiology.

Our members hold primary appointments and cross-appointments in several departments. These include, 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. Lastly, the RI-MUHC is funded through the MUHC and the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Santé.

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.

by James Martin and Kevin Schwartzman
Published in Canadian Respiratory Journal, Vol 22, No 1, January/February 2015. Read the entire article here.

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Support for pulmonary research in Canada and Meakins-Christie Laboratories


Costello Family – Mrs. Yvonne Costello Gould
Richard and Edith Strauss Foundation
Lloyd Harris Foundation
Felicia and Arnold Aaron Foundation
Mrs. Barbara Kuper

Seymour Heisler Memorial Lecture Fund
Peter Macklem Memorial Lecture Fund
Christie Memorial Lecture Fund