Category Archives: Events

View posts about our upcoming events below. For additional details about our different events, go to the events tab on our website. There you will see our annual research seminars, upcoming workshops, our weekly work-in-progress, and annual research day. Also, learn more about our memorial lectures, including the Christie Lecture, Macklem Lecture, and Heisler Lecture.

NEWMAN STEPHENS MEMORIAL MINI SYMPOSIUM: A LEGACY OF SCIENCE AND SUCCESS. Gijs Ijpma. Intrapulmonary Airway Smooth Muscle Has a Distinct Pro-Contractile Proteomic Signature in Asthma

ATS Mini-Symposium – Intrapulmonary Airway Smooth Muscle

Dr. Gijs Ijpma, Research Associate with Dr. Anne-Marie Lauzon, will present on intrapulmonary airway smooth muscle at an upcoming ATS mini-symposium. Date: October 14, 2020 at 6 pm ET. Registration details and program are shown below.

The ATS Respiratory Structure and Function Assembly will host a virtual mini-symposium in honor of Dr. Newman Stephens. In late 2019, the respiratory field lost a giant – Dr. Newman Stephens (Steve), who passed away in October in Winnipeg, Canada. Dr. Stephens was known by some as the “father of smooth muscle mechanics”, as well as for his generosity of spirit, science and mentorship.

His contributions to respiratory science have been immense, from our understanding of airway smooth muscle physiology to the underlying molecular mechanisms related to the contractile apparatus in asthma.


Moderated By: Gary Sieck, PhD

  • Featured Speaker: Looking Back on a Legend – Andrew Halayko, BS(Hons), MSc, PhD, ATSF
  • Intrapulmonary Airway Smooth Muscle Has a Distinct Pro-Contractile Proteomic Signature in Asthma – Gijs Ijpma, PhD
  • CEBPD Influences the Airway Smooth Muscle Transcriptomic Response to TNFα and Budesonide Exposure – Mengyuan Kan, PhD
  • Oxidized Phosphatidylcholine Induces Release of Intracellular Ca2+in Human Airway Smooth Muscle Cells – Jigneshkumar Vaghasiya, MPharm
  • Elucidating the Bitter Taste Signaling Paradoxin Airway Smooth Muscle Relaxation – Stanley Conaway, M.Sc.
  • Agonist Sensing by Committee: How Matrix Mediated Mechanical Signaling Enables Smooth Muscle Cells to Sense Contractile Agonist – Suzanne E. Stasiak, BA
  • Featured Speaker: Looking Forward to a Legacy – Chun Seow, PhD, ATSF

Date: Wednesday, October 14, 2020
Time: 6:00PM Eastern
Duration: 90 minutes
Where: Via Zoom –

Registration Required here.

Workshop with Dr. Andrea Benedetti

‘Research uncertainty? Mining the literature for answers’
Workshop with Dr. Nancy Mayo and Dr. Andrea Benedetti
Monday July 20, 2020, 1-3pm

Want to take advantage of the published literature out there to advance your research?

Please join Dr. Nancy Mayo, James McGill Professor, Department of Medicine and Dr. Andrea BenedettiAssociate Professor, Departments of Medicine and Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health and the Centre for Outcomes Research and Evaluation, Research Institute MUHC on Monday July 20th from 1-3pm for the “Research Uncertainty? Mining the Literature for Answers” workshop.

This workshop is open to students and faculty and will provide participants with practical guidance on how to mine the existing literature to answer questions about research areas where there are uncertainties (e.g. about definitions, methods, measures, processes, and/or outcomes), answers that will advance your area of research, and add value to literature reviews required for graduate theses.

This workshop is intended to compliment the information available from McGill Library Services on how to conduct reviews. One such example is found at the following link:

This workshop will allow you to be better prepared to benefit from these online resources and also prepare you to optimally quantify the data arising.

At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Pose a researchable question;
  2. Chose the best method of synthesizing the literature;
  3. Identify the key elements that need to be extracted;
  4. Chose the best method of quantitatively summarizing the data;
  5. Become familiar with the processes to register their review.

The workshop will be structured to have a mix of expert guidance, group brainstorming, peer input, and one-on-one coaching. For participants who intend to pursue their review, the group leaders can facilitate connections to other researchers to provide further guidance on the processes with the objective that a publication will emerge at the end of the process. To maximize on the time allocated for the workshop, we have pre-prepared a list of definitions and resources so participants can familiarize themselves with the different types of reviews and different types of quantitative methods.

Please review the Definitions of reviews before attending this workshop.

WORKSHOP DETAILS on Faculty Of Medicine Academic Affairs website.

ATS Assemblies June 23, 2020 1:00 pm EDT

Clinical Aspects of COVID-19 Recovery – Register Now!

The ATS Assemblies Respiratory Structure and Function (RSF) and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (PR) are pleased to announce a webinar on “Clinical Aspects of COVID-19 Recovery” on Tuesday, June 23 at 1:00 p.m. EDT.

Speakers/topics will include:

Effect of muscle atrophy in COVD-19 recovery – Neil Greening, MBBS, BMedSci(hons), MRCP(UK), PhD (University of Leicester)
Pulmonary considerations in COVID-19 recovery – Potential long-term complications – Chris Ryerson, MD, MAS (University of British Columbia)
Post-COVID-19 Centers of Excellence – What data should be collected during recovery? – Reynold A. Panettieri, Jr., MD (Rutgers University)

Discussion panelists will include:

Heidi Lindroth, PhD, RN (Indiana University School of Medicine)
Marilyn Moy, MD, MSc (Harvard Medical School)
Basil Petrof, MD (McGill University Health Center)
Carolyn Rochester, MD, FCCP (Yale School of Medicine)

The session will be moderated by Johanna Uthoff, PhD (University of Sheffield)

To register for the webinar, click here.

CHEST Journal Club Webinar Thursday May 14, 2020 4:00 pm EST 'Management of lung nodules and lung cancer screening during the COVID-19 pandemic.'

CHEST® Journal Club Webinar May 14

On Thursday, May 14, 2020 at 4:00 pm EST, moderators Viren Kaul, MD, and Divya Patel, DO; journal CHEST® authors Peter Mazzone, MD, MPH, FCCP, and Douglas Arenberg, MD, FCCP. Joining them will be multimedia liaison Anne Gonzalez, MD, MSc, FCCP and Scientist at the RESP Program of the RI-MUHC, to discuss the management of lung nodules and lung cancer screening during the COVID-19 pandemic. Register here to take part in the webinar.

ATS webinar on the Genomics of SARS-CoV-2 on April 29, 2020 at 1:00 pm EST. Moderated by Dr. Dara Torgerson.

ATS webinar: Genomics of SARS-CoV-2

Join Dr. Dara Torgerson on April 29, 2020 at 1:00 pm EST, as she moderates an ATS webinar entitled Genomics of SARS-CoV-2. The presenter, Michael Strong, PhD, is from the National Jewish Health and University of Colorado, in Denver. Dr. Strong will provide an overview of the latest genomics research on SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and will address implications for pathogenesis and immunity. Dr. Strong’s research is focused on developing and applying computational methods to better generate, integrate and analyze genomic and proteomic information, with a focus on respiratory disease and disease pathogens. Register here to attend the webinar.

Anthony Gerber, MD, PhD (National Jewish Health)
Jose Gomez Villalobos, MD, MS (Yale School of Medicine)
Victor Ortega, MD, PhD (Wake Forest University)

This special presentation is sponsored by the Section on Genetics and Genomics of the American Thoracic Society.

Meakins Workshop Lipid Biology in Respiratory Diseases

Lipid Biology in Respiratory Diseases

Workshop Topic: Lipid Biology in Respiratory Diseases

Location: Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre, 1001 Boul Décarie, Montreal, QC – Cruess Amphitheatre ES1.1129

The 22nd Meakins-Christie Laboratories Workshop will focus on Lipid Biology in Respiratory Diseases.

Keynote Christie Lecture by Dr. William Powell – Perspectives on a Life in Lipids