He lets us all breathe easier

February 5th, 2013 · No Comments · Advisory, Alumni, Biology, Engineering, Health, Medicine, News Release, Research

One of the world’s outstanding medical researchers in the field of breathing and lung function is coming back to his alma mater to talk about his work.

Born in Winnipeg and a graduate of the University of Manitoba, Dr. James Hogg’s brilliant career and uniquely-blended background in pathology, pulmonary physiology and molecular biology has leveraged over 40 years of seminal contributions to the world’s understanding of lung disease. A trailblazing researcher and pioneer, teacher and lecturer, Hogg has arguably had a greater influence on the medical community’s knowledge of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and Asthma than any other individual worldwide.

Following graduating from the University of Manitoba (MD/62), Hogg entered a doctoral program at McGill University. He was trained in respiratory physiology and later expanded his experimental toolkit by learning the principles of molecular biology and high resolution lung imaging, giving him an unrivaled set of skills and a remarkable ability to understand the relationship between lung structure and function.
Throughout his career, Hogg’s research has remained focused on the mechanisms and anatomical sites of obstructive lung disease. His first publication in 1968 presented a revolutionary idea that the focus in COPD should not be on the large airways but rather on the smaller ones. Numerous groundbreaking studies followed that verified the accuracy of Hogg’s original hypothesis and advanced our knowledge of how the lung works in health and disease, including asthma and the harmful effects of smoking and pollution.

In 1977, Hogg was recruited to the University of British Columbia, and particularly St. Paul’s Hospital. There he built a world-renowned centre for pulmonary and cardiovascular research. In 2003, the laboratory was named The James Hogg iCAPTURE Centre for Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Research in his honour.

An Officer of the Order of Canada (2005), Hogg was elected to the Royal Society of Canada (1992) and has been recognized nationally with a vast array of scientific awards. In 2003, he was the recipient of the prestigious American Society for Investigative Pathology Chugai Award, which, in addition to being honoured by the American Thoracic Society on several occasions, reflects his international eminence.

Hogg’s impact is perhaps best attested to by his highly sought-after lectures around the world and by his training of distinguished pulmonary scientists, and the University of Manitoba Biomedical Engineering group is thrilled to welcome him back to his alma mater.

Who: Canadian Medical Hall of Fame Laureate, James C. Hogg MD, PhD.
Where: Room E2-330, Engineering & Information Technology Complex, 75 Chancellor’s Circle, Fort Garry Campus
When: Thursday, February 7, 2013, 5:30 pm

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For more information, contact Amber Anderson Skrabek at: 204-781-1352 or email: amber_skrabek@umanitoba.ca

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