Dr. Benjamin Smith is a physician-scientist at the McGill University Health Centre Research Institute. His research program aims to reduce the burden of chronic obstructive lung disease by understanding the heterogeneity of disease susceptibility and impairment. Leveraging contemporary deeply phenotyped cohorts, Dr. Smith uses epidemiological methods to test mechanistic hypotheses in humans (‘translational epidemiology’). His research is supported by the Quebec Health Research Fund (FRQS), the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, and the National Institutes of Health (USA). Dr. Smith’s training is in epidemiology, respiratory medicine, physiology, and mathematics, and was obtained at McGill and Columbia Universities.