Dr. Arthur Slutsky – recipient of the 2017 Distinguished Lecturer in Respiratory Sciences award

The CIHR Institute of Circulatory and Respiratory Health (ICRH) and the Canadian Thoracic Society (CTS) are pleased to announce the recipient of the 2017 Distinguished Lecturer in Respiratory Sciences award, Dr. Arthur S. Slutsky.

Dr. Arthur S. Slutsky is a pulmonary critical care physician whose research interests include acute respiratory failure, non-conventional ventilation, classic respiratory mechanics, asthma pathophysiology, lung transplantation, and the primary role mechanical ventilation plays in the development of subsequent lung injury and multiple organ failure. His basic research in mechanisms of ventilator-induced lung injury have been translated into lung protective ventilatory strategies leading to decreased mortality of patients with Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome.

He has published over 500 peer-reviewed publications and over 75 book chapters. Dr. Slutsky received a B.A.Sc. (cum laude), 1970, Engineering Science; M.A.Sc., Industrial Engineering, 1972, University of Toronto. He received his M.D. from McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, 1976. Dr. Slutsky was an Instructor and Assistant Professor Medicine, Harvard University, from 1980-84. He returned to the University of Toronto in 1984, where he is Professor of Medicine, Surgery, and Biomedical Engineering.

From 1989-2000, he was Division Director, Respiratory Medicine, University of Toronto; from 2000 to 2013  he was Director, Interdepartmental Division of Critical Care Medicine, University of Toronto; and Vice-President, Research, St. Michael's Hospital, Toronto. Dr. Slutsky was named Canada’s 2014 Health Researcher of the Year by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research for his outstanding efforts to improve critical care practices and advance pulmonary medicine, and in 2015 was inducted as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

About the Distinguished Lecturer in Respiratory Sciences Award

ICRH and the Canadian Thoracic Society have established an annual Distinguished Lecturer in Respiratory Sciences Award in recognition of an individual’s outstanding contribution to the advancement of respiratory sciences in Canada. The award is be presented annually at the Canadian Respiratory Conference where the recipient provides a keynote lecture as part of the scientific program.

The selected candidate will be an outstanding scientist who has conducted the majority of his/her research in Canada and who has contributed significantly to the advancement of respiratory sciences. The individual may have conducted work in any one of a number of respiratory disciplines and within any of the four CIHR research themes: Biomedical; Clinical; Health Systems and Services; and Social, Cultural, Environmental and Population Health. The nominated candidate’s research should also be in a field of interest to the Canadian Thoracic Society and attendees of the Canadian Respiratory Conference.

The prize consists of a $5,000 cash award in addition to coverage of all expenses (e.g., travel, accommodations, registration fee, and other associated expenses) for the recipient to attend the conference and to deliver a lecture on a research topic relevant to a largely clinical audience.

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