Division of Respirology

Mark Inman

B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D., M.D.

Professor, Division of Respirology, Department of Medicine






Education and Professional Standing

Dr Inman’s initial training was in Exercise Physiology at the University of Waterloo (BSc ’84, MSc ’86). He then came to McMaster University to study the mechanics of breathing with Drs Kieran Killian and Moran Campbell (PhD ’93). During this time he also completed a medical degree (MD ’93). Rather than continuing with clinical training, Dr Inman chose to pursue a career in medical research, and began a 4 year post doctoral fellowship in the laboratory of Dr Paul O’Byrne. At that time, Dr Inman’s research activities were divided between clinical studies of the management of exercise induced bronchoconstriction and basic research on the role of the bone marrow in supporting allergen induced inflammation. Since joining the Health Science faculty at McMaster, Dr Inman has divided his time between research and educational activites. His research has focused on the mechanisms of airway hyperresponsiveness, a condition thought to play a major role in the frequent episodes of bronchoconstriction experienced by patients with asthma. To address this, Dr Inman has relied on models of allergen induced airway disease in mice, as well as sophisticated technology with which to assess lung function in small animals. Many of the models and research techniques were developed within Dr Inman’s laboratory. To date, Dr Inman has authored or co-authored over 100 peer reviewed manuscripts with an H index of 40. Dr Inman’s teaching interests have remained in the area of respiratory physiology and research design/methodology; he currently teaches a graduate course in Respiratory Physiology that is also part of the required training for Respirology Residents at McMaster. He has also developed and teaches a full term graduate course in Research Methodology in Medical Sciences that is very popular with first year graduate students throughout the Health Science Faculty. Dr Inman’s current major interest is in translational aspects of medical research – specifically in how to translate complex research findings into messages that are easily understood by specific target audiences. To date this has involved creating medical illustrations that have been used for review articles in Chest, ClinExpAllerg, J AllergClinImmunol and Thorax. Dr Inman is currently developing similar translational tools to be used in physician/patient encounters with the aim of increasing patient understanding and compliance.