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Following graduation from the Faculty of Medicine, University of Manitoba (1969), Dr. Becker practised Family Medicine in Dauphin, Manitoba from 1970 until 1980. He then returned to the University of Manitoba from 1980-83 for training in Pediatrics and from 1983-85 in Allergy & Clinical Immunology at the Cardiovascular Research Institute, University of California, San Francisco and the University of Manitoba. Dr. Becker is a professor in the Section of Allergy & Clinical Immunology, Department of Pediatrics & Child Health at the University of Manitoba and a consultant allergist at Children’s Hospital of Winnipeg.
Dr. Becker is Past-President of the Canadian Society of Allergy & Clinical Immunology and Chair of the Programming Planning Committee. Dr. Becker is Vice-President of the Canadian Network For Asthma Care and chairs the Management Committee for the Canadian Asthma Educator Certification program. He is a member of the Program Committee for the Allergy Immunology and Inflammation Section of the American Thoracic Society. He is a member of the Asthma Committee of the Canadian Thoracic Society and was a Core Committee and Writing Committee Member of the Canadian Asthma Consensus Report 1999 and the Asthma Guidelines Update 2001.
Dr. Becker’s primary research interest is the interrelationship of allergy, asthma and the environment. He is co-principle investigator of “A Multi-Centre Study on the Efficacy of an Intervention Program to Prevent the Development of Asthma in High-Risk Infants”. Dr. Becker is also very involved with Asthma Education and has contributed to development of a Prairie Asthma Educator Education program. He is principle investigator for evaluation of the Children’s Asthma Education Project in Manitoba.