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Dr. Richard Leigh

Dr.  Richard Leigh

Associate Professor

Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary 

Departments: Medicine and Physiology and Pharmacology

Telephone number:  403 220.8981

Email address: 

Primary Institute:      Snyder Institute for Chronic Diseases


About Dr. Richard Leigh 

Richard Leigh is a physician-scientist and the GSK-CIHR Professor of Inflammatory Lung Disease in the Division of Respiratory Medicine at the University of Calgary.  

After specialist training in Internal Medicine and Respirology at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, he undertook further research training in the areas of airway inflammation, asthma and COPD.  

He holds a Masters degree in Health Research Methodology from McMaster University and a PhD in Medical Sciences from the same institution. 

Dr. Leigh's current areas of interest relate to understanding the basic mechanisms underlying airway remodeling in asthma, the assessment of airway inflammation, and to clinical trials in asthma and COPD. He currently holds peer-review funding from the CIHR and the AHFMR.

Areas of Interest:

Research: Contribution of chronic airway inflammation in asthma and COPD, with a focus on understanding the molecular mechanisms involved in airway remodeling and the role of remodeling in the pathogenesis of airway hyperresponsiveness. Clinical trials and health research methodology in asthma and COPD. 

Teaching: Clinical skills and bedside teaching to medical students, internal medicine residents, and respiratory medicine sub-specialty residents. Specific interest in teaching the mechanisms and consequences of immune-mediated airway inflammation in respiratory disease to medical students and residents, and in teaching on all aspects of obstructive lung diseases to family physicians, pharmacists and community specialists. 




Administrative assistant:

Angela Hunter
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Phone number: 403 220.8857

Research administrative assistant:

Tempest Emery
Email address:
Phone number: 403 220.8742