McMaster University

McMaster University

Faculty of
Health Sciences

Announcement — Chair, Department of Medicine

Paul M. O'Byrne

Paul M. O'Byrne, MB, FRCPI, FRCP(C), FRCPE, FRCP (Glas)

Dated: July 1, 2007

From: John G. Kelton, MD, Dean and Vice-President, Faculty of Health Sciences

It is my pleasure to announce the reappointment of Dr. Paul O'Byrne as Chair, Department of Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster University for a second term effective July 1, 2007.

Dr. O'Byrne is currently the E. J. Moran Campbell Professor of Medicine and the executive director of the Firestone Institute for Respiratory Health at St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton. Dr. O'Byrne obtained his medical degree at University College, Dublin and his training in internal medicine and respiratory medicine at McMaster University. This was followed by a clinical research fellowship at McMaster University and a research fellowship at the Cardiovascular Research Institute, University of California. Dr. O'Byrne joined the full time faculty at McMaster University in 1984. He has been chair of the Department of Medicine since 2002.

Dr. O'Byrne serves on the advisory board of the Children's Asthma Research Network, National Institutes of Health; is chair of the Executive Committee for the Global Initiative for Asthma; a member of the executive committee for the Global Alliance against Chronic Respiratory Diseases of the World Health Organization; and the CIHR Review Committee (New Investigators).

Dr. O'Byrne's research activities focus on the mechanisms and treatment of asthma, with particular reference to the role of environmental allergens and the mechanisms by which these cause airway inflammation.

Dr. O'Byrne has published more than 280 peer-reviewed papers, 84 book chapters and edited 10 books. He is currently associate editor of Chest and the American Journal of Medicine.

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