The Pulmonary Research Group (PRG) at the University of Alberta is a multi-disciplinary group composed of 36 full members, 15 trainee members, and 2 associate members who pursue research interests in respiratory disease. We are recognized as a Research Group within the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Alberta. Our members cover all 4 CIHR pillars of research: Biomedical, Clinical, Health Systems and Population Health. Our members are mainly based in the Pulmonary Divisions of the Departments of Medicine and Pediatrics at the University of Alberta, but we also have members from other Departments within the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry.
The mission of the Group is to bring together researchers in different areas of Pulmonary Research and foster an environment of translational research through collaborations between researchers with different skill sets. Our main goal is to promote and advance novel applied translational studies that unite basic and clinical scientists in a highly integrated program. Our studies range from molecular, laboratory-based investigation to health outcome measurements related to disease prevalence, treatment evaluation, and patient follow-up. The PRG has a strong basic science research program and promotes close collaborations and interactions with the clinicians of the group. Our current studies focus on asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and pulmonary fibrosis, but our interests span across all lung diseases.
As a group we organize a fortnightly Seminar Series, the Annual PRG Research Day and two named Lectureships (the Brian J. Sproule and S.F. Paul Man Lectureships).
Members of our group publish in high level journals and contribute to highly regarded textbooks, including Wintrobe’s Clinical Hematology and others. Our efforts are supported by a range of competitive funding sources, including the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), AllerGen NCE, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), Alberta Innovates – Health Solutions (AIHS), The Lung Association of Alberta & NWT, Hospital for Sick Kids, and Canada Foundation for Innovation.