Canadian Academy of Health Sciences 2017: Congratulations to our colleagues and collaborators
Dr. Horner has advanced knowledge in respiratory and sleep science by elucidating the cellular mechanisms of the brain responsible for the impact of sleep on breathing. This knowledge is particularly relevant to clinical disorders of breathing during sleep, including obstructive sleep apnea, and has guided clinical trials of possible pharmacological approaches to its treatment. Dr. Horner has also contributed to public understanding of sleep science, through both the popular media and through a book he has written for the lay person that highlights the importance of sleep within the broader contexts of evolution and biology.
Dr. Brochard is the Keenan Chair in Critical Care Medicine and Acute Respiratory Failure at St Michael’s Hospital and the Director of the Inter- Departmental Division of Critical Care at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto. He is leading international collaborative groups to improve the care of patients in intensive care units and is an expert in mechanical ventilation, acute lung injury and acute respiratory distress syndrome. His research and leadership in the field has revolutionized the standard of care for these critical patients through the development of new treatment strategies and clinical guidelines.
Dr. Zhang is the Chang-Jiang Scholar in Medicine, the Yangcheng Research Chair in Respiratory Medicine, and a Professor in the Departments of Anesthesia and Physiology and the Interdepartmental Division of Critical Care Medicine at the University of Toronto. He is an international expert in lung infection and immunity, lung repair and regeneration, who has significantly advanced the fields of ventilator-induced lung fibrosis, endotoxin signaling and stem cell treatment in lung injury and sepsis. He also leads the Canada-China Joint Research Centre for Respiratory Disease, a large and unique basic and clinical research program focusing on the mechanisms and therapy in epidemic respiratory diseases.