Professor Malcolm Sears graduated in medicine from the University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand, and undertook clinical and research training in Dunedin and the University of Washington, Seattle. He was on faculty at Otago until 1990, when he was recruited to McMaster University to direct what is now the Firestone Institute for Respiratory Health. He stepped down as Research Director of the Firestone Institute in 2009, but continues to be very active in epidemiological research. Dr Sears developed and led the asthma and allergy components of the Dunedin Multidisciplinary Development Study of 1000 New Zealand infants born in 1972-73, and was the Founding Director of the Canadian Healthy Infant Longitudinal Development (CHILD) Study of 3500 children launched in 2008. He has obtained multiple research grants from federal agencies including CIHR and the Allergy, Genes and Environment (AllerGen) Network of Centres of Excellence for the CHILD Study. Dr. Sears has published over 350 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters. He is a fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, the Royal College of Physicians (Canada), the American Academy of Asthma, Allergy and Immunology, and the European Respiratory Society.