Director, Vermont Lung Center; Professor, Department of Medicine
University of Vermont and State Agricultural College
Charles G. Irvin, PhD, FERS is a Professor of Medicine, Professor of Physiology and Biophysics, Associate Chairman for Research Department of Medicine and Director of the Vermont Lung Center (VCL) at the University of Vermont. In 2012 he was named Assistant Dean for Faculty for the College of Medicine. Dr. Irvin received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin in Pulmonary Physiology in 1978. He served as an a National Institutes of Health postdoctoral fellow from 1978-1980 at McGill University in Montreal.
Dr. Irvin is a member of the European Respiratory Society and the American Thoracic Society (ATS) and has served on the Board of Directors of the ATS. He is a frequent invited professor and enjoys an international reputation, and in 2014 he was named an inaugural fellow of the European Respiratory Society. Dr. Irvin has served on numerous grant review panels including NIH, American Heart Association and American Lung Association, and has been a chairman of a Lung Association grant review committee. Dr. Irvin has been continuously funded by NIH since 1976 and is currently the Principal Investigator (PI) of a T32 training grant. He has trained 19 postdoctoral fellows and mentored numerous junior faculty, the vast majority now successfully engaged in research careers.
Dr. Irvin's scientific career has focused on understanding the mechanisms of airways dysfunction in the patient with asthma. Using a multidisciplinary approach including: cell and molecular biology, animal models and systems, transgenics, physiology, imaging and clinical studies, he and his colleagues seek to understand the pathophysiological basis of asthma in order to both better diagnose and treat patients with chronic airways disease. He has published over 200 peer-reviewed publications and published an additional 125 chapters, reviews and editorials on these topics. Dr. Irvin has been the site PI of the Vermont American Lung Association Airways Clinical Research Center (ACRC) from its inception and is the author or co-author of 37 ACRC publications.