R Robert Schellenberg

MD, FRCP (C)
  • Head of Allergy and Immunology, St. Paul's Hospital
  • Professor of Medicine, University of British Columbia

Dr. Robert Schellenberg is an Internist and Allergist / Immunologist at St. Paul's Hospital in Vancouver and a Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia. He is also Head of the Division of Allergy and Clinical Immunology in the Department of Medicine, UBC. He received his MD from the U. of Manitoba and did post-doctoral training at the Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg and at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore.

Dr. Schellenberg received both Fellowship and Scientist awards from the Medical Research Council of Canada. The focus of his research is on asthma and allergic inflammation with primary interests in the mechanisms of excessive airway narrowing of asthmatic tissues and the modulation of chemotaxis and apoptosis (programmed cell death) of basophils and eosinophils. His investigations of human airways has brought attention to the importance of changes in extracellular matrix elements as the cause of excessive smooth muscle shortening in asthma. He has been awarded the 1999 Research in Immunology Award by the Canadian Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology for this contribution.

Dr. Schellenberg has published more than 60 peer-reviewed manuscripts and 12 book chapters and has presented or co-authored about 80 abstracts at national or international meetings. He is president of the Canadian Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology and a member of its Board of Directors as well as sits on the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada's examining committee for Clinical Immunology.