The UBC Division has an international reputation for excellence in research, which spans the 4 CIHR Pillars, from state-of-the-art basic research through to population health. A conservative estimate of dollars generated for lung-related research within the Division for 2018 is $10 million dollars for principal investigators in competitive grant funding. Peer-reviewed publications again totaled over 300 papers for 2018/2019.

Centre for Lung Health

CLH is a multi-site inter-disciplinary environment for excellence and collaboration focused on integrated prevention, clinical care, research and training in respiratory health, driven by the needs of patients and communities at risk.

Research Areas & Researchers

The UBC Respiratory Division is a key member of the multi-site Institute for Heart and Lung Health.

In 2009, UBC was recognized, based on impact factor, as the third leading chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) research centre in the world over the last ten years. The Centre for Heart Lung Innovation (formerly known as the UBC James Hogg Centre for Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Research) at SPH provides strong leadership in basic and translational research with a particular emphasis on airways disease.

  • Clinical and epidemiologic research on sleep-disordered breathing – Drs. Ayas, John Fleetham, Frank Ryan
  • Cystic fibrosis – Dr. Brad Quon
  • Epigenetics of Asthma– Drs. Andrew Sandford, and Denise Daley
  • Genomics and genetics of asthma and COPD – Drs. Peter Paré, Andrew Sandford, Denise Daley, Scott Tebbutt, Chris Carlsten
  • Interstitial Lung Disease – Drs. Nasreen Khalil, and Chris Ryerson
  • Lung Cancer– There is a major collaborative link between VGH based investigators (Drs. John Yee, John Mayo, and Stephen Lam) and the BC Cancer Agency focusing on a better understanding of the pathogenesis, prevention, and management of lung cancer. Drs. Steven Lam, Renelle Myers, Eve-Lea Beaudoin (BCCA), Dr. Tawimas Shaipanich (BCCA, SPH), Dr. Scott Apperley (SPH)
  • Occupational Lung Diseases– Dr. Chris Carlsten
  • Pulmonary Hypertension – Drs. John Swiston, Nathan Brunner (from Cardiology), Bob Levy, and Roland Nador are involved in clinical research and also taking a leadership role in the coordination of a national PH registry.
  • Translational and clinical research in asthma – Drs. Del Dorscheid, Chris Carlsten
  • Translational and clinical research in COPD – Drs. Don Sin, Wan Tan
  • Tuberculosis – Drs. Kevin Elwood, Victoria Cook, and James Johnston

Annual Reports

To view annual reports, including directories of Grants & Research Awards and Publications, visit the Department of Medicine website.