Judah Aryeh Denburg
Professor, Medicine

Dr Denburg attended McGill University Medical School (1966-8) and Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel (1971) where he received his MD. Subsequently, he received his Fellowship Certification (FRCPC) from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada for the specialties of Internal Medicine (1976) and Hematology (1977).

Currently, Dr. Denburg is Director and Chief of Service of Clinical Immunology and Allergy at Hamilton Health Sciences, McMaster Division. He is a Professor in the Department of Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences having received his Professorship in 1988 and holds the William J. Walsh Chair in Medicine. Dr. Denburg is active as a physician and is involved in one of the largest academic group practices in Allergy and Immunology in Canada. In his educational role, he serves as the primary link between basic and clinical immunology at McMaster and has mentored numerous students and fellows into leadership roles in the field of Allergy and Immunology.

In addition to his other duties, Dr. Denburg is the Scientific Director and CEO of The Allergy, Genes & Environment Network of Centres of Excellence (AllerGen NCE Inc.), a research and knowledge translation network in allergic diseases and asthma based at McMaster University in the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine. Launched in 2004 and successfully renewed to 2019, AllerGen unites Canada’s leading research and clinical care experts in allergic diseases and asthma with related industry and not-for-profit organizations. AllerGen brings prestige, and research and educational funding investments to McMaster University, and has positioned Canada as a global leader in allergy and asthma research and development.

Dr. Denburg’s primary research interest is the developmental biology of eosinophils, basophils and mast cells, and immune regulation in allergic airways inflammation in rhinosinusitis, asthma and related respiratory and immune diseases, as well as in hematologic disorders such as mastocytosis and hypereosinophilic syndromes. Dr. Denburg’s pioneering investigations, in collaboration with key academic and biopharmaceutical partners, on the systemic nature of allergy and allergic asthma, and its implications for management of allergic disease and asthma, has had a profound impact on clinical and basic scientific investigations in the field. Dr. Denburg is also a recognized expert on autoimmune diseases such as systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE).

Dr. Denburg has received awards for his ongoing peer-reviewed and funded research, including the Immunology Research Award of the Canadian Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (2000), the Burton Zweiman Lectureship, an AAAAI honourary award for outstanding service to the specialty and science of allergy and immunology (2009) and the Jack Hirsh Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement, Department of Medicine, McMaster University (2012). Most recently in September 2016, he was inducted into the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.

He has been asked to lead various committees and plan research and educational programmes nationally and internationally, as well as advise the biopharmaceutical and biotechnology industry. He was elected to the Executive Council of the prestigious Collegium Internationale Allergologicum, and is on the Editorial Board of and/or is primary reviewer for the top journals in the field of allergy, asthma and immunology globally. His publication list, as well as editorship and/contribution to concept formation and education internationally as an opinion leader in allergy, asthma, and immunology, is extensive, with over 350 peer-reviewed scientific journal articles, reviews and book chapters.
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