Foundational research in heart-lung function recognized with $500,000 gift

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KINGSTON, ON -- Groundbreaking research by KGHRI clinician scientist Dr. Stephen Archer was celebrated today with the opening of the William J. Henderson Laboratory, home of the Archer Laboratory Program on Cardiovascular Sciences and Mitochondrial Biology.

The laboratory, located in Botterell Hall, Queen’s University, was established thanks to a $500,000 gift from the William J. Henderson Foundation. Dr. Archer’s pioneering work focuses on oxygen sensing in the blood vessels of the lung, and the role of mitochondria in diseases such as pulmonary hypertension, lung cancer and neurologic diseases.

A Tier One Canada Research Chair in Mitochondrial Dynamics and Translational Medicine, and Head of Medicine at Queen’s University, Dr. Archer has received numerous awards for his work, which has attracted funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Canada Foundation for Innovation, and the U.S. National Institutes of Health.

“Dr. Archer’s work is an outstanding example of translational research that benefits patients,” says Dr. Roger Deeley, Vice President, Health Sciences Research, KGH and President, KGHRI. “This new facility enhances the potential for continued success by Dr. Archer and his team.”

About KGHRI:

The Kingston General Hospital Research Institute (KGHRI) is the not-for-profit academic health research institute of Kingston General Hospital, and works in close collaboration with Queen’s University and our partner hospitals. KGHRI comprises more than 180 investigators conducting innovative research across a broad spectrum of disciplines that reflect current and emerging areas of strength – from the genetic mechanisms of disease, to new approaches to end-of-life care. The KGHRI is currently developing the W.J. Henderson Centre for Patient-Oriented Research, a 12,000-square-foot, multidisciplinary research hub. Open in 2016, the centre brings together scientists, allied health professionals, students and trainees, patients and families in the pursuit research and innovation.