MCI’s Global Impact: Research & Teaching
Since the 1930s, the Montreal Chest Institute (MCI) has been a McGill University teaching hospital. As such, its mandate is three-fold: provide highly specialized patient care, conduct research and train the next generation of doctors, researchers, nurses and allied health professionals. The MCI’s research team has been responsible for a number of exciting medical breakthroughs throughout the years as well.
Since 1972, at the Meakins-Christie Laboratories alone, over 2000 original manuscripts have been published by investigators in high quality, peer-reviewed journals. Over 100 chapters have been written in specialty books and a number of books have been authored. Several innovative techniques have been developed over the years which aid in the measurement and diagnosis of human lung disease, e.g., closing volume, mouth occlusion pressure, measurement of diaphragm activity with surface and esophageal electrodes.
MCI affiliated researchers have also established the Brown Norway rat model of extrinsic asthma, have extended the applications of the alveolar capsule technique, have developed software for the 3D reconstruction of cells, and have developed technology to accurately measure the complex physiology of mice. They have also invented a suite of muscle mechanics equipment that includes an in-vitro motility assay, a laser trap assay, and a whole muscle mechanics test apparatus.