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UBC bestows Lifetime Achievement Award on Dr. Peter Paré

Posted: 28 April, 2014

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Congratulations to Dr. Peter Paré, who has been chosen as the 2014 recipient of the Bill and Marilyn Webber Lifetime Achievement Award from the UBC Faculty of Medicine.

During his 36 years in Vancouver, Dr. Paré’s work in the pathophysiology of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) has established UBC and St. Paul’s Hospital as one of the world’s premier scientific centres in lung disease.

His work has increased understanding of small airways, and in particular the mechanics underlying airway narrowing, through studies published in such high-impact journals as the New England Journal of Medicine, the American Review of Respiratory Disease, and the American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology.

Using a collection of tissue samples that he and Dr. James Hogg conceived and assembled, he systematically uncovered the relationships between structure and function in asthma and COPD. He identified and described the significance of airway geometry and the composition of airway smooth muscle in narrowing. More recently, he led the way in exploring the genetic underpinnings of lung diseases and the interplay between genetics and the environment in causing or exacerbating asthma and COPD.

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