In 2018, we partnered with Royal Columbian Hospital Foundation to establish the five-year TB Vets Charitable Foundation Professorship in Critical Care at Simon Fraser University. TB Vet’s $200,000 investment supported the research of Dr. Steve Reynolds, a Royal Columbian Hospital critical care physician heading a research team investigating how mechanical ventilation effects multiple organs, including the heart and brain, and alternatives to mechanical ventilation.
The five-year professorship coincided with the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic. “TB Vets’ support could not have been timelier,” says Dr. Reynolds. “Their funding kept the research lab and our team going during this crucial time. We had unrestricted access to research lab resources and thanks to TB Vets, we were able to complete years of work in an intense few months.”
Dr. Reynolds and his team have made significant contributions to this field of research, producing multiple articles for scholarly journals and presenting at international conferences.
“For critically ill or injured patients, mechanical ventilation can be a lifesaving intervention,” says Dr. Reynolds. “However, it comes with its own risks and complications. With our research, we are trying to push the envelope and find ways to prevent the potential harms associated with breathing machines.”