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Dr. Parameswaran Nair has been named as the third recipient of the Asthma Society of Canada’s Bastable-Potts Asthma Research Award. This award recognizes innovative research done by a Canadian researcher that adds to the body of knowledge regarding severe asthma.

Dr. Nair is a Respirologist at the Firestone Institute for Respiratory Health at St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton. He also serves as a Professor of Medicine in the Division of Respirology at McMaster University, and a Research Leader of the Clinical Investigator Collaborative (CIC)-Severe Asthma within the Allergy, Genes and Environment Network (AllerGen NCE), where he leads a Canadian-based Phase II clinical trials group evaluating promising new drug molecules for severe asthma.

The Asthma Society of Canada (ASC) established the Bastable-Potts Asthma Research Fund in 2014, following the receipt of a bequest from the estate of Gail Suzanne Potts, who died in 2012. Mrs. Potts’s mother suffered from adult onset asthma and her desire was to advance research into the multiple factors that contribute to its development.

The Bastable-Potts Asthma Research Award will be presented to Dr. Nair in Toronto on May 6, 2016, by Vanessa Foran, President & CEO of the ASC, and Dr. Susan Waserman, Chair of the ASC’s Medical and Scientific Committee, as part of the ASC’s Fighting for Breath Conference focusing on severe asthma.

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