Dr. Gregory Downey began his career at the University of Toronto and rose through the ranks to become Professor and Director of the Division of Respirology and Vice-Chair of the Department of Medicine. He was awarded a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Respiration Sciences. In 2007, Dr. Downey returned to Denver to National Jewish Health as Executive Vise President of Academic Affairs and Associate Dean at the University of Colorado and where he now leads a basic and translational science research laboratory focused on mechanisms of lung injury, repair, and fibrosis. He maintains an active practice in general pulmonary medicine and is a member of the ILD and Rare Lung Disease clinic. Dr. Downey’s research program has been funded by the NIH, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the U.S. Department of Defense for over 30 years. He has over 240 publications in top-ranked journals including the New England Journal of Medicine, Science, Science Translational Medicine, Nature Cell Biology, Journal of Cell Biology, American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, Journal of Experimental Medicine, Blood and Journal of Immunology, and his work has been cited over 20,000 times by other authors (h-index 78). His contributions to research were recognized by an ATS Award for Scientific Accomplishments in 2010. Dr. Downey is currently President-Elect of the American Thoracic Society.