Dr. Chris Carlsten, Director
Dr. Chris Carlsten, MD MPH is a Professor of Medicine, and Head of Respiratory Medicine division, in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia. He is a Canada Research Chair in Occupational and Environmental Lung Disease and holds the Astra-Zeneca 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.
The Carlsten laboratory 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.
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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Dr. Carlsten’s scholarly articles
Dr. Moira Chan-Yeung, Director Emerita
Dr. Moira Chan-Yeung, MB, is a Professor Emerita in the UBC Department of Medicine and is the recipient of the prestigious Distinguished Achievement award from the American Thoracic Society, among other honours. She has been a driving force behind the collaboration of UBC, national and international scientists who are involved in epidemiological and basic science research of occupational and environmental lung diseases.
One of her many noteworthy contributions is her discovery of plicatic acid as the agent responsible for Western Red Cedar asthma. Since Dr. Chan-Yeung began her research in the Department of Medicine in 1968, she has published over 350 manuscripts and 5 books.
Dr. Jeremy Hirota, Collaborating Faculty Member
Dr. Jeremy Hirota, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Respiratory Medicine, at McMaster University and is also an Affiliate Professor at the University of British Columbia. His interest is in how the immune system in the lungs helps protect us while we breath over 10,000 litres of air a day. Specifically, how air pollution, allergens, viruses and bacteria are detected by our immune system, and how this could lead to the development of lung diseases or “attacks”. The ultimate goal of his research will be the development of new drugs and/or new policy, aimed at improving the quality of life for all populations in society, specifically those that may suffer from lung diseases. Dr. Hirota brings a range of experimental techniques to the centre and will leverage that skill set within our translational science setting. As a professor, he will continue the pursuit of research interests while teaching undergraduate medical students.
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Dr. Michael Brauer, Collaborating Faculty Member
Dr. Michael Brauer, PhD, is a Professor in the School of Environmental Health at UBC. He is recognized internationally for his air quality research in environmental and occupational exposure assessment with regards to health effects. In addition, his research focuses on air pollution from transportation, vegetation fires and indoor, the air quality in Asia and the development of sampling and analysis methods for air pollutants.
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Dr. Michael Koehle, Collaborating Faculty Member
Dr. Michael Koehle, MD, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in both the School of Kinesiology and the Division of Sports Medicine in the Department of Family Practice at UBC. His current areas of research include the interaction between exercise and environmental pollution and the effect of altered environments (hypoxia, hyperbaria, hyperthermia). He is also working on research with regards to the cardiorespiratory system and prevention and treatment of other illnesses and/or injuries associated with exercise.
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Dr. Anette KocBach Bolling, Collaborating Scholar
Anette Kocbach Bølling is a researcher at the National Institute of Public Health (NIPH) in Oslo, Norway. She has more than 15 years’ experience in different research fields including biological physics, particle toxicology, as well as toxicity of environmental chemicals (phthalates and bisphenol A) and dental materials. She is currently managing a 3 year research project concerning effects of inhalation and prenatal exposure to phthalates on airway immunology, involving collaborations with COERD and the Swedish mother-child study SELMA at Karlstad University, Sweden. She was a visiting researcher in COERD for a year (2014/2015) and is still strongly involved in the phthalate inhalation study (PAIR) Staff.
For more information about Dr. Bolling, please visit https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Anette_Kocbach_Bolling