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St. Joe's respirologist and research leader Dr. Paul O'Byrne has been elected a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (CAHS).  Considered one of the highest honours for Canadians in the health sciences community, CAHS fellows are recognized for their innovative leadership, research excellence and commitment to advancing academic health sciences.

Dr. O'Byrne is the executive director of the Firestone Institute for Respiratory Health (FIRH) at St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton, and Chair of Medicine at the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine at McMaster University.  He is internationally recognized for his contributions to understanding the causes and treatment of asthma, including the first studies of the central role of airway inflammation in its initiation and persistence.

Dr. O'Byrne's studies of asthma have influenced treatment guidelines worldwide.  His recent research at St. Joe's successfully tested a new, antibody-based treatment for mild allergic asthma.

We congratulate Dr. O'Byrne on this outstanding accomplishment, and we look forward to his future contributions to respiratory care.

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