Richard Wilson


Physiology & Pharmacology

Full Member

Hotchkiss Brain Institute

Ph.D. (Doctor of Philosophy)

Contact information


Office : HMRB203

Research and teaching

Research areas

  • Stroke
  • Stress

Research activities

We are investigating the neuronal control of respiration, focusing primarily on respiratory rhythm generation and chemosensitivity. As many as 20 million people in North America may suffer from sleep apnoea, including 40% of patients with chronic heart failure and 60% of stroke victims. Sudden infant death is the major cause of infant mortality in the first year of life and neonatal apnoea is the primary reason for admission into neonatal intensive care units. The social and economic consequences of these respiratory disorders motivate our investigation into the fundamental mechanisms involved in the neuronal control of respiration.

Research Funding:
Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada (HSFC)
Canadian Insitutes of Health Research (CIHR)
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)
Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research (AHFMR)
Calgary SIDS Society