Congratulation Dr. Fred Possmayer

Earlier this year, Research Matters had readers vote for the 50 game-changing discoveries made at Ontario universities over the last 100 years. Research of one of the senior scientists at CHRI, Dr. Fred Possmayer, has been voted as one of the Top Five discoveries in Ontario.

Premature babies often suffer from respiratory distress. Dr. Fred Possmayer developed a solution. He came up with a technique to purify and sterilize lung surfactant — a substance that allows lungs to expand and breathe.  The surfactant is extracted from a cow’s lung and is known as bovine lipid extract surfactant. It is made in London and used by nearly all neonatal intensive care units in Canada.  Dr. Possmayer's work has saved the lives of premature babies around the world. The surfactant is now also used to treat adults suffering from acute lung injury.

Congratulations from everyone at CHRI on the well deserved recognition.