Meet the EpiCreators

EpiCentral has been developed with the expertise and guidance of global experts; read on to meet our EpiCreators and hear from them about why they are excited about EpiCentral.

Professor Louis-Philippe Boulet, MD, FRCPC

In addition to his clinical practice and teaching, Professor Boulet’s research aims to establish links between basic research and clinical science in the field of asthma and respiratory allergy. 

Professor Louis-Philippe Boulet, MD, FRCPC

Professor of Medicine, Department of Medicine, Laval University

Québec, Canada

Professor Louis-Philippe Boulet is Professor of Medicine in the Department of Medicine at Laval University, Canada, and a pulmonologist at the Québec Heart and Lung Institute, Québec, Canada. He is Chair of the Knowledge Transfer, Education and Prevention in Respiratory and Cardiovascular Health at Laval University and chairs the Board of Directors of the Global Initiative for Asthma.  

Professor Boulet’s research interests include mechanisms of development and physiopathology of asthma and airway hyperresponsiveness, phenotyping asthma in various populations, respiratory health of elite athletes and patient/medical education, knowledge translation, and guideline implementation.  

During his career, Professor Boulet has published more than 700 medical publications, 600+ abstracts, 43 book chapters, and has edited/authored 17 books. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of the Canadian Journal of Respiratory, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine and Associate Editor of various medical journals. Additionally, he is the President of Interasma – the Global Asthma Association, and a member of many national and international committees in the field of respiratory health. 


“In the last three decades, I’ve been involved in research in asthma and respiratory allergy, as well as in education and knowledge translation in respiratory health.”

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Associate Professor Gilda Varricchi, MD, PhD

Associate Professor of Internal Medicine, University of Naples Federico II

Biography coming soon. 


Professor Ian Pavord, MA, DM, FRCP, FERS, FMedSci

Professor of Respiratory Medicine, University of Oxford

Biography coming soon. 


Dr Tanya M. Laidlaw, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Biography coming soon. 


Professor Enrico Heffler, MD, PhD

Associate Professor of Internal Medicine and Director of Postgraduate Residency Program in Allergy and Clinical Immunology, Humanitas University

Biography coming soon. 


Professor Teal S. Hallstrand, MD, MPH

Professor of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, University of Washington

Biography coming soon. 


Associate Professor Delbert (Del) Dorscheid, MD, PhD

Associate Professor, Centre for Heart Lung Innovation, University of British Columbia

Biography coming soon.


Dr Simon Couillard, MD-MSc

Assistant Professor in Medicine, Université de Sherbrooke

“EpiCentral is an important platform to tackle our rapidly evolving knowledge of the airway epithelium as the epicentre of asthma.”


Professor Pascal Chanez, MD, PhD

Professor in the Department of Respiratory Diseases, University of Aix-Marseille

Biography coming soon.


Assistant Professor Marco Caminati, MD

Assistant Professor in Asthma, Allergy and Clinical Immunology, Department of Medicine, University of Verona

Biography coming soon.


Professor Christopher Brightling, PhD, FMedSci

Clinical Professor of Respiratory Medicine, University of Leicester and Glenfield Hospital

“My particular area of interest is airway diseases, in particular severe asthma, and trying to understand what are the underlying mechanisms.”


Professor Celeste Porsbjerg, MD, PhD

Professor of Severe Asthma, Bispebjerg Hospital

“I am an expert in severe asthma, and I have a longstanding interest in the airway epithelium.”


Professor Gianni Marone, MD

Professor of Medicine, School of Medicine and Surgery, University of Naples Federico II

“Our team is working in the Center for Basic and Clinical Immunology Research of the University of Naples Federico II, and focuses on inflammatory mediators in allergic diseases.”


Professor Bruce Levy, MD

Division Chief, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Division, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

“I have a longstanding interest in exploring the fascinating biology of the airway epithelium and its role in health and disease.”