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Chris Carlsten, MD MPH is a Professor of Medicine and holds the Astra-Zeneca Chair in Occupational and Environmental Lung Disease, as well as the Canada Research Chair in Occupational and Environmental Lung Disease, at the University of British Columbia.  He is the Director of the Air Pollution Exposure Laboratory and also holds adjunct positions at the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies, the UBC School of Population and Public Health and the Centre for Heart Lung Innovation (formerly James Hogg Research Centre).


He attended undergraduate and medical school at Stanford University before training in internal, occupational, pulmonary and critical care medicine at the University of Washington.  His clinical and research interests center on occupational airways disease, and his efforts resulted in his being granted both the CIHR New Investigator Award and the Career Investigator Award from the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research.


The Carlsten laboratory is highly collaborative and interdisciplinary and focuses on the respiratory and immunological health effects of inhaled environmental and occupational exposures, using diesel exhaust, western red cedar, and phthalates as model inhalants. In particular, the lab uses controlled human exposures and genomics as translational tools to address the synergism due to co-exposure to inhaled particles and allergens in mediating health effects related to induction and exacerbation of airways disease.  An epidemiological complement to the experimental model uses a meta-birth cohort of over 20,000 children to study incident asthma related to air pollution.


As director of the Occupational Lung Disease Clinic at The Lung Centre (Vancouver General Hospital), Dr. Carlsten welcomes patients with concerns regarding occupational or environmental exposures contributing to respiratory disease including asthma, COPD, interstitial lung disease, cancer, and pleural disease. 


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