The Respirology Research Forum

Welcome to the 2021 Respirology Research Forum!

The Virtual Respirology Research Forum took place between June 23-25, 2021.

The Respirology Research Forum included a half day of presentations via Zoom on June 23, 2021 and 3 days of poster presentations from June 23 to 25.

The Winners of the Division of Respirology Research Forum 2021 are:

  • Best Oral Presentation: Rayoun Ramendra (Supervisor: Tereza Martinu, Donor airway bile acid as a biomarker of aspiration and predictor of post-transplant outcomes.


  • Best Poster in Biomedical Sciences: Muskan Gupta (Supervisor: Jane Batt, Identification of Novel microRNAs Regulating Skeletal Muscle Regeneration in Sustained Intensive Care Unit Acquired Weakness).


  • Best Poster in Clinical Sciences: Annie Jiang (Supervisor: Chung-Wai Chow, Lung Function in COVID-19 Intensive Care Unit (ICU) Survivors Assessed with Respiratory Oscillometry (Osc) and Conventional Pulmonary Function Tests (cPFT))


  • Best Poster in Health Sciences: Adele Coriati (Supervisor: Anne Stephenson, International comparison of survival in Cystic Fibrosis between Canada, France and Australia).


  • Honorable mentions:
    Lena Xiao (Supervisor: Indra Narang, Positional Therapy for the Treatment of Positional Obstructive Sleep Apnea in Children: A Pilot Study)
    Ambily  Ulahannan (Supervisor: Stephen Juvet, Non HLA Antibodies In Serum Prior To The Onset Of Chronic Lung Allograft Dysfunction)
    Sepehr Niakani (Supervisor: Richard Horner, Characterization and Relative Efficacy of Muscarinic Receptor Antagonism at the Hypoglossal Motor Nucleus to Block Inhibition of Tongue Motor Activity).


I would like to thank the evaluators for their invaluable help.

  • Dr. Anne Stephenson (Unity Health Toronto)
  • Dr. Tereza Martinu (University Health Network)
  • Dr. Richard Leung (Unity Health Toronto)
  • Dr. Matthew Binnie (University Health Network)
  • Dr. Ted Marras (University Health Network)
  • Dr. Matthew Stanbrook (University Health Network)
  • Dr. Dmitry Rozenberg (University Health Network)
  • Dr. Yara Zayed (Unity Health Toronto)
  • Dr. Jean-Philippe Rousseau (Unity Health Toronto)
  • Dr. Carolina Scarpellini (Unity Health Toronto)
  • Dr. Adele Coriati (Unity Health Toronto)


Thanks to Rhiannon Davies and Andreea Furdui for administrative and logistical support!


Also, big thanks to our two keynote speakers Drs. Samira Mubareka and Atul Malhotra for their inspiring work related to COVID-19.


CONGRATULATIONS to the 2021 Recipients of the Teaching, Mentorship and Research Awards of the Division of Respirology

2021 – Faculty Teaching Award – Anne Stephenson

2021 – Jae Yang Award for Resident Teaching – Eric Carelli

2021 – Sheldon Mintz Award – Ambrose Lau

2021 – Faculty Excellence in Research Award – Andrea Gershon

2021 – Outstanding Research Trainee Award 2021 – Gregory Berra (Supervisor, Teresa Martinu)


Our Speaker

Dr. Samira Mubareka, Assistant Professor. Sunnybrook Health Science Centre, University of Toronto.



Dr. Atul Malhotra. Professor of Medicine. University of California – San Diego.




Jun 9, 2020

Judges for Respirology Research Forum…

Dear all, We have received over 50 abstracts for the Respirology Research Day! We are looking for judges to evaluate abstracts, posters and oral presentations for the Respirology Research Forum. 1) Abstract evaluations. We need judges to evaluate abstracts between June 10 and 15. A number of abstracts will be selected for oral presentations. 2) […]

Jun 9, 2020

Extended deadline for Respirology Research Day: June 10…

Dear all, The deadline for abstract submission for the Respirology Research Forum has been extended to June 10th (4pm). The Respirology Research Forum is a great opportunity for your trainees to present their research and to be awarded for their research. We are looking forward to receive your submissions. Please the following website: or […]

Jun 1, 2020

Please use to find information about the Respirology Research Forum…

An alternative to access the Respirology Research Forum :  

Abstract submission

The Respirology Research Forum is an excellent opportunity for faculty, fellows, residents and students to highlight their research. Basic science, knowledge translation and clinical research submissions from students and investigators in Adult and Paediatric Respirology, Sleep Research, Thoracic Surgery, Anaesthesia, Critical Care Medicine, and Biomedical Engineering are all welcome!

​Abstracts submitted to other conferences can be used and submitted to the Respirology Research Forum.
However, please format your abstract according to the instructions below.

​You will be notified whether your abstract has been accepted for an oral or poster presentation in early June.

Abstracts will be selected to be presented as short oral presentations (7 min talk + 3 min questions) via Zoom on June 23, 2021.

Abstracts not selected as oral presentations will be presented as mini-posters presented on the website.

We will be seeking a balance between the various disciplines of basic vs. clinical research/knowledge translation.

Monetary prizes will be awarded for the best basic and clinical/knowledge translation research presentations and posters. To be eligible for awards the presenter must be a research/clinical trainee, students or Junior staff (less than 3 years on faculty).

We look forward to receiving your abstracts and seeing your research on the Respirology Research Forum.
Deadline for Abstract Submission May 15, 2021

​Gaspard Montandon, PhD
Respirology Research Day Chair

To submit an abstract, please click on “Submit an abstract”
​Abstract formatting guidelines:

  • Format your abstract according to the example.
  • Names must have the following format “First name1 Last name1; First name2 Last name2; etc”
  • Do not use an initial for your first name.
  • Abstract cannot be edited or modified once submitted
  • Body: 400 words.

Title of Abstract: Your abstract must have the following structure! It will greatly help us creating the program.
Authors: Gaspard Montandon (1), Richard S. Leung (2)
Affiliations: 1. Department of Medicine, University of Toronto. 2. St-Michael Hospital, University of Toronto.

  • Introduction & Objectives: Description of the topic, what is known and unknown in the field, and state the objectives and the scientific questions.
  • Methods: This section describes the approaches used to test the main objectives.
  • Results: Data should be described and statistical tests can be reported.
  • Conclusion: Interpretation of results and conclusions.

Supported by: Division of Respirology, Department of Medicine, University of Toronto.

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