Paul O’Byrne

Professor @ McMaster University

Dr. Paul O’Byrne, MB, FRCPI, FRCPC, FRCPE, FRCP(Glasg), FAPC, FCCP, FERS, FRSC, is Dean and Vice-President for the Faculty of Health Sciences, Dean of the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine, and a Professor of Respirology at McMaster University, where he also holds the title of Distinguished University Professor. He is Director of AllerGen’s Clinical Investigator Collaborative (CIC), a multi-centred, Canadian-based, Phase II clinical trials group that fast-tracks potential drug candidates for the treatment of asthma.

Dr. O’Byrne is a world-renowned researcher and a practicing respirologist. His research interests are on the mechanisms and treatment of asthma, particularly the role of environmental allergens and the mechanisms by which these cause airway inflammation.

Dr. O’Byrne is a prolific publisher, with more than 400 peer-reviewed papers in highly regarded journals. He has authored 98 book chapters, edited 12 books, and written over 100 review papers. Dr. O’Byrne was the executive director of the Firestone Institute for Respiratory Health at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton from 2002 to 2016, and held the position as the E.J. Moran Campbell Professor of Medicine from 1998 to 2016. He is past-chair of the executive committee of the Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA), Associate Editor of Chest and International Archives of Allergy and Immunology, and serves on the editorial board of the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine and Thorax. He is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.