Canadian Respiratory Research Network (CRRN)


 About CRRN

The Canadian Respiratory Research Network (CRRN), in close partnership with the Canadian Lung Association, the CIHR, and other partners, will improve patient care and outcomes for patients with chronic respiratory disease.

We will do this through creation of an enduring national network of investigators and research platforms to enable innovative, collaborative, respiratory health research that influences decision making and ensures high quality training and career development of a new generation of investigators.


The goals of the network are to bring together researchers across disciplines and research themes/pillars to work together in a coordinated fashion in order to improve understanding of the origins and progression of chronic airway diseases in Canada.

We will:

  1. Accelerate respiratory research that has worldwide impact on improving patient care

  2. Enrich and augment opportunities for respiratory research and capacity building

  3. Train and mentor researchers with trans-disciplinary expertise who can produce cutting-edge respiratory research; and

  4. Spearhead knowledge translation, educational outreach and community engagement to improve diagnosis, management, and health outcomes of patients with respiratory disease nationally and globally.


Our network will closely collaborate with other existing networks to complement and integrate research efforts.

Health policy and public health research focusing on prevention, detection and treatment of chronic airway disease in Canadian communities will be a major priority.

Multiple basic science and clinical research platforms will be developed within the network structure, and our long term goal is that these platforms will serve as a resource for future networked projects that will focus on other lung diseases, such as cystic fibrosis, neonatal lung disease, and others.

Ultimately these efforts will significantly improve prevention, management and care of airway disease and will foster public health and health services innovations to improve respiratory health for Canadians.