Reducing lung damage from pollution
Dr. Christopher Carlsten, Canada Research Chair in Occupational and Environmental Lung Disease, aims to better prevent and treat lung disease by understanding the effects of inhaled pollutants on the lungs. His team’s earlier research has generated insight into how inhaled allergens, such as diesel exhaust, can provoke molecular changes in the lung tissue of allergy-prone individuals.
Carlsten’s and his team’s work now aims to develop laboratory methods best suited to address evolving questions in aerosol science and public health, and identify factors that modify how air pollution damages airways. Their work will also test interventions to mitigate the effects of air pollution on individuals and communities.