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 Qutayba Hamid

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Director: Meakins-
   Christie Laboratories

James McGill Professor
Strauss Chair in Resp Med
McGill University

Contact Information

Meakins-Christie Labs
1001 boul Decarie
Montreal, QC H4A 3J1

Tel: 514-934-1934 x76172
: 514-933-3962
Lab Web site:

Education & Training

MD, Mosul University, Iraq
PhD (Med), U London, UK
Fellow, Royal Coll Path, UK
Member, Royal Coll Med,
Fellow, Royal Coll
   Physicians (Canada)
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Publications: PubMed

Research Area

Roles of cytokines in the pathogenesis of asthma and allergic disease
  • Mechanism of Airway Remodeling
  • Role of small airways in asthma
  • Pathogenesis of severe asthma
  • Pathogenesis of COPD
  • Autophagy in severe asthma and COPD

Techniques available in my laboratory

  • Immunocytochemistry
  • Flow cytometry
  • Real-time PCR and in situ PCR
  • Laser capture
  • Gene expresssion

Research Interests

I am interested in the investigation of the role of cytokines in asthma and allergic inflammation and the regulation of the immune response to allergens. Most of the studies in my laboratories are performed on samples obtained from patients with asthma and Rhinitis. We collaborate very closely with the ENT departments at McGill and the University of Montreal. We are employing state-of-the-art molecular biological techniques to examine gene regulation at the levels of both transcription and translation in the inflammatory cells infiltrating the mucosa of the airways. We are also interested in the mechanisms of airway remodeling. In particular we are focusing on the role of sub-epithelial fibrosis and smooth muscle migration. Our group is also conducting extensive research in the area of difficult to treat (severe asthma) and is investigating the mechanism for poor response to therapy. Development of new therapies are also a major interest of our laboratory. Our unit has been conducting clinical trials to test a number of indications and drugs. A new area of interest in my laboratory is the role of cell aging in chronic respiratory diseases. Asthma in the elderly is another recent area of research that my Laboratory is conducting research on. My Laboratory is welcoming PhD students and Post Doctoral Fellows from all over the world.