Dr. Richard JA Wilson

Dr. Richard J.A. Wilson




Cumming School of Medicine, Department of Physiology and Pharmacology

Child Health & Wellness Researcher

Alberta Children's Hospital Research Institute

Full Member

Hotchkiss Brain Institute

Full Member

Campus Alberta Neuroscience

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Educational Background

Ph.D Neurobiology, University of Glasgow, Scotland, 1992

B.Sc (Honors) Neurobiology, University of Sussex, United Kingdom, 1989


Areas of Research

Cardiorespiratory control: neuronal circuits and cellular sensors
Sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems
Respiratory rhythm generation and chemosensitivity
Comparative physiology
Translation and drug discovery
Functional Optical Coherence Tomography (fOCT)

Asthma, COPD, sleep apnea, SIDS, febrile seizures, hypertension, hypotension, POTS, spinal cord injury:

We investigate how the nervous system controls the cardiorespiratory system, one of the nervous systems most important roles. Our aim is to generate new knowledge about the neuronal circuits and sensors involved, and lever this knowledge to find new ways to tackle prevalent and serious medical conditions such as Asthma, COPD, sleep apnea, SIDS, febrile seizures, abnormal blood pressure, POTS and spinal cord injury. 

The huge social and economic consequences of cardiorespiratory disorders motivate our neuroscience investigations which include comparative and translational research ranging from lung fish and frogs to humans.

Our activities include research at high altitude were the cardiorespiratory system is particularly challenged, developing novel experimental preparations and medical technologies for monitoring physiological function (e.g., functional optical coherence tomography, fOCT) and drug discovery.


Participation in university strategic initiatives


  • Nominee, Killam McCaig Teaching Award, University of Calgary. 2019
  • Nominee, Killam McCaig Teaching Award, University of Calgary. 2018
  • Nominee, Students’ Union Teaching Excellence Award, University of Calgary. 2013
  • AIHS Senior Scholar, Alberta Innovates Health Solutions. 2011
  • AHFMR Scholar, Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research. 2004
  • CIHR/HS New Investigator, Canadian Institute for Health Research/Heart and Stroke Foundation. 2002
  • Post-Doctoral Fellowship for Pulmonary Research, Parker B. Francis Foundation. 1999
  • Post Doctoral Fellowship, Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research. 1997
  • Thematic Symposium in Circulatory & Respiratory Health Award, George Fodor National Research Forum for Young Investigators. 2005
  • Luciano Morasca Young Scientist Award, 1991

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