As the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) and co-founder of Zephyr Sleep Technologies, Dr. John Remmers leads the research, design, and development of innovative sleep products used in the diagnoses and treatment of obstructive sleep apnea. He is a recognized physiologist, pioneer, and innovator in sleep medicine. As a world renowned expert in the field of snoring and obstructive sleep apnea, Dr. Remmers has published over one hundred peer reviewed articles in the area of respiratory physiology.
Dr. Remmers served two terms as the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Applied Physiology and has presented honorary research lectures to the American Thoracic Society, the American Physiological Society, and the American College of Chest Physicians. His research interests relate to the neurobiology of respiratory rhythmogenesis, chemoreception, and the pathophysiology of the control of breathing. He is the first researcher to elucidate the pathogenesis of sleep apnea and to demonstrate that sleep apnea is caused by an anatomical narrowing of the pharynx. He has developed various technologies and medical devices to treat sleep apnea. These range from portable diagnostic sleep monitors to auto-adjusting CPAP devices, and remotely controlled/feedback controlled mandibular positioners (Zephyr’s MATRx and MATRx™ plus) used in the prescription and characterization of oral appliance therapy.
As a pulmonologist and clinical professor of internal medicine at the University of Calgary, Dr. Remmers’ passion for education is captured in his annual lectures at Spear, Tufts University and the Pankey Institute. His devotion to clinical care continues at the Southern Alberta Sleep Centre, where he maintains an active sleep practice. Over the past decade, Dr. Remmers has dedicated his research to patient selection for oral appliance therapy.
He holds a Bachelor of Medicine and a Bachelor of Physiology from Dartmouth Medical School. Dr. Remmers has also completed his Pre-Doctoral Fellowship from the Harvard Medical School and completed his Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Dartmouth Medical School.