Autumn 2018 Volume 30 Issue 2


Understanding The Pathophysiology of COPD and Opioid-Induced Respiratory Depression to Assess Their Cumulative Risks (Read)
Dr. Gaspard Montandon, PhD
Dr. Montandon is a scientist at the Keenan Research Centre for Biomedical Science – St. Michael’s Hospital and Assistant Professor in the Division of Respirology – Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto. With support from the Canadian Institutes for Health Research, the Ontario Thoracic Society, and St. Michael’s Hospital Foundation, Gaspard Montandon is leading a strategic research program aiming to understand the mechanisms of opioid-induced respiratory depression.


Grant-In-Aid Awards 2018-2019​
We are pleased to announce the recipients of The Lung Association – Ontario Grand-In-Aid funding for this year.

Pictured: Dr. Bryan Heit, Breathe New Life Award recipient 


Click on the links below for more information on the important research being done by current and previous OTS members funded by The Lung Association – Ontario Grant-in-Aid Program.

  • Canadian Respiratory Research Network. Health Services Burden of Undiagnosed and Overdiagnosed COPD – Gershon AS, Thiruchelvam D, Chapman KR, Aaron SD, Stanbrook MB, Bourbeau J, Tan W, To T
  • Human induced pluripotent stem cell-derived lung progenitor and alveolar epithelial cells attenuate hyperoxia-induced lung injury – Shafa M, Ionescu L, Vadivel A, Collins JJP, Xu L, Zhong S, Kang M, de Caen G, Daneshmand M, Shi J, Fu KZ, Qi A, Wang Y, Ellis J, Stanford WL, Thébaud B.

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Upcoming Courses in Toronto

Course: COPD
Workshop: Nov 29, 2018 to Nov 30, 2018
Registration Deadline: Oct 31, 2018 Register

Course: Education
Workshop: Dec 1, 2018 to Dec 2, 2018
Registration Deadline: Oct 30, 2018 Register

Course: Asthma
Workshop: Dec 8, 2018 to Dec 9, 2018
Registration Deadline: Nov 5, 2018 Register

Course: Spirometry
Workshop: Feb 2, 2019
Registration Deadline: Jan 2, 2019 Register

For more information, or to see the online-only courses are available, please go to

The Lung Association – Ontario’s Provider Education Program develops, implements and evaluates certified continuing medical education programs and materials promoting the Canadian Thoracic Society respiratory guidelines. To set up a free workshop for your team or organization, please contact us at We will work with you to ensure your learning outcomes are achieved.

November 14th, 2018
Spirometry Workshop

PEP will be running a Spirometry workshop at the Family Medicine Forum in Toronto. For more information and to register, please visit:

November 14-17th, 2018
PEP will have a booth set up at the Family Medicine Forum in Toronto. Please visit:

November 15th, 2018
Asthma Action Plan Workshop

PEP will be running an Asthma Action workshop at
the Family Medicine Forum in Toronto. For more information and to register, please visit:

November 28, 2018
Spirometry Workshop

PEP will be running a Spirometry workshop in London, Ontario. Register @

November 29, 2018 – SAVE THE DATE!
Windsor Workshop 

PEP will be running an Asthma Action workshop in Windsor, Ontario.

January 10, 2019 – SAVE THE DATE!
Adult Asthma Action Plan OTN
PEP will host an Asthma Action Plan OTN.

January 23-24, 2019
Respiratory Health Forum 2019- Spirometry Interpretation Workshop
PEP will run a Spirometry workshop at the Respiratory Health Forum held at the Marriott Toronto Downtown Eaton Centre. Details available at:

For more information on upcoming workshops, please visit

TB Conference 2018

Monday, November 19 to Wednesday, November 21
at the Chelsea Hotel, Toronto

Click here for more information and to register.

Better Breathing Conference 2019

Friday January 25 to Saturday January 26
at Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre

Registration is now open!

For more information, please visit

Have you renewed your OTS membership?

Ontario Thoracic Society (OTS) members include academic and community respirologists and researchers who are local and national leaders in their fields. The society manages a suite of educational and research programs, and works closely with The Lung Association to advocate for lung health initiatives in the province.

The current year OTS membership term is April 1, 2018 to March 31, 2019.

OTS Active membership is open to individuals with a medical degree and scientists holding a PhD or equivalent degree of training. The 2018-2019 fee is $95.00.

The OTS Associate Membership is available to interns, residents or graduate students in medical or allied health science, and to fellows during their period of training. Associate members do not pay fees and may not vote or hold office in the society but enjoy all the benefits of a membership.

To join the OTS or renew your membership for 2018-2019, go to or call The Lung Association – Ontario at (416) 864-9911 ext 256.

The Ontario Thoracic Review is an official publication of the Ontario Thoracic Society, a medical section of The Lung Association – Ontario.

Dr. Christopher Li
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Dr. Hedy Ginzberg

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