Today, asthma has no cure. By supporting research, we can ensure that while we work towards finding a cure, we can find the best means of controlling asthma so that we can live symptom-free lives.


Graduate Student Research Grants

We are proud to announce the launch of our National Research Program initiative to provide grants to young Canadian researchers involved in early-onset and late-onset asthma research. In partnership with AllerGen NCE Inc., in 2017, the Program will grant two awards to Masters level (MSc/MScN) student researchers; and two awards to PhD level student researchers. Applications are now open. Deadline for submissions is September 30th, 2017. 

By investing in young Canadian researchers and supporting their promising research, we ensure continued efforts to search for a cure for asthma, while making real strides towards better treatment options for the three million Canadians living with asthma.

The National Research Program is an expansion of Asthma Canada’s Bastable-Potts and Enhorning Funds, which have awarded and recognized established Canadian investigators involved in asthma research since 2014. For the first time, funding will also include student researchers.

The Asthma Canada / AllerGen Goran Enhorning Graduate Student Research Awards support research for early-onset asthma, while the Asthma Canada / AllerGen Bastable-Potts Graduate Student Research Awards support investigations into late-onset asthma. Each partnered award includes one grant of $10,000 for a Masters of Science student researcher and one grant of $20,000 for a PhD student researcher.

Asthma Canada and AllerGen invite graduate student asthma researchers to respond to the Call for Proposals and Application.


Leading Investigator Awards

Through our National Research Program, we continue to support leading investigators working to expand our understanding of asthma and finding new treatment options for people living with asthma. Past recipients include:

  Dr. Michael Brauer is a Professor at the School of Population and Public Health in the University of British Columbia. He is the first ever recipient of Asthma Canada’s Bastable-Potts Asthma Research Prize for his ground-breaking research into traffic-related air pollution and its relationship to asthma in both adults and children. In his study he showed a prevalence of physician diagnosed asthma and respiratory illness among children aged 0-24 months, who lived near and were regularly exposed to traffic related air pollution. His work is being recognized by the Asthma Canada as a significant contribution to Canadians suffering from allergies and asthma.
  Dr. Malcolm Sears is a Professor in the Department of Medicine at McMaster University. He conducts innovative research into the epidemiology and natural history of asthma with a focus on its frequency, risk factors and characteristics in large populations. One of his most important studies to Asthma Canada was his longitudinal study examining the incidence and impact of asthma in a birth cohort of New Zealand children followed from infancy to adulthood. He is now conducting the Canadian Healthy Infant Longitudinal Development (CHILD) Study assessing the influence of genes and the environment on infant development, which we hope will add important information and understanding to the development of asthma in children and its impact in adults.
  Dr. Parameswaran Nair is a Professor of Medicine at McMaster University. He is recognized for his innovative research investigating non-invasive measurements of airway inflammation in the treatment of severe asthma. He directs the AllerGen National Centre of Excellence Clinical Investigators Consortium for Severe Asthma and is a co-investigator of the Canadian Respiratory Research Network. At the Firestone Institute for Respiratory Health at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton, he looks after patients with complex obstructive airway diseases, severe asthma, recurrent bronchitis, and eosinophilic lung disorders.