Dr. Andrew Youn received a one-year $60,000 Research Fellowship for 2014-15.

Dr. Youn did his fellowship at the University Health Network (UHN), Toronto General Hospital.

Following his fellowship, Dr. Youn went on to become the ILD specialist at the Scarborough General Hospital.



Dr. Shane Shapera, Toronto General Hospital was awarded a $52,000 CPFF Research Grant in 2010. This is the first grant ever awarded by CPFF.

The goal of the study was to research the link between Gastro Esophageal Reflux Disease and IPF.

The GERD study was presented at the American Thoracic Society Conference in Washington D.C. in May 2017 by Dr. Terrence Lee and Dr. Jolene Fisher (CPFF Medical Advisory Board member). The results were quite interesting.

In brief, they found that many patients with IPF have both acid and non-acid reflux episodes. Non-acid reflux contains some stomach juices and enzymes that we use to digest food. The high frequency of acid reflux was known before, but the study was the first to show the high prevalence of non-acid reflux in patients treated with antacids.

If it turns out to be true that non-acid reflux is one of the causes of IPF, then our data may help to explain why treatment with antacids have yielded such mixed results in clinical trials. Antacid therapy might only be treating the acidic component of the reflux and ignoring the non-acid component of the reflux.


The International Colloquium on Lung and Airway Fibrosis (ICLAF) was awarded:

  • $20,000 Sponsorship for clinical researchers in 2014
  • $1,500 Grant in 2014 to fund the expenses of a junior researcher to attend at ICLAF 2014 to present a paper.

The St Joseph’s Hospital Foundation was awarded one $20,000 and two $35,000 one-year Research Fellowships between 2013 and 2014.

The objective of the successful applicants was to research causes and treatments for PF.

The St Joseph’s Hospital Foundation was also awarded a $20,000 Research Grant in 2013 to advance research in IPF and sponsor junior investigators to present their data to an international audience.

The University of Alberta, Lung Health Centre was awarded a $8,500 Research Grant in 2013 for research into singing in a choir for IPF lung patient therapy study.