Dr. Redwan Moqbel, an internationally renowned authority on the pathophysiology of asthma, passed away on October 9, 2013, in Winnipeg, Manitoba, after a protracted battle with cancer. Dr. Moqbel, a longtime AllerGen NCE friend and colleague, was best known for his work to elucidate the immunobiology of human eosinophils and their potential role in airway disease. He was among the first to identify the immunological cell types that regulate asthma and allergy.
As a founding member of the AllerGen Board of Directors, a former Research Management Committee member and joint Theme Leader for the Diagnostics and Therapeutics research area, and as a Principal Investigator and Co-Investigator on numerous AllerGen research projects, including the Canadian Healthy Infant Longitudinal Development (CHILD) Study, Dr. Moqbel provided vision and leadership to the entire AllerGen Network.
Dr. Moqbel leaves behind his wife, Shar Mitchell, as well as children, grandchildren, family, friends, and a scientific community in Canada and abroad who are saddened by his passing. An obituary can be viewed online at the Winnipeg Free Press.