Christopher Carlsten

Degrees / Designations 

BA,MD,Master of Public Health

Email Address 
Mailing Address 
7th Floor Lung Centre 2775 Laurel Street, Vancouver


Academic Appointment 
Body Locations and Systems 
Lungs and Breathing
Other Areas of Research 

Chris Carlsten, MD MPH is a professor and holds the endowed Chair in Occupational and Environmental Lung Disease at the University of British Columbia. His research has resulted in his being granted the CIHR New Investigator award and the Career Investigator Award from the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research. He is also an associate at the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies. 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, including the effects of diesel exhaust and other inhaled exposures on asthma induction and exacerbation. His laboratory investigates the cardio-pulmonary-immunological health effects of inhaled environmental and occupational exposures, using diesel exhaust, western red cedar, and phthalates as model inhalants. A fundamental question that the lab will address relates to the synergism of inhaled particles and allergens in mediating health effects. The research of the lab uses an interdisciplinary, team-focused approach to ask related questions on multiple levels (genetic, cellular, gross functional, epidemiologic, etc). The epidemiological complement to experimental questions uses a meta-birth cohort of over 20,000 children to study incident asthma related in air pollution ( As director of the Occupational Lung Disease Clinic at The Lung Centre (Vancouver General Hospital), he welcomes patients with concerns regarding occupational or environmental exposures contributing to respiratory disease including asthma, COPD, interstitial lung disease, cancer, and pleural disease.

Current Projects 

Diesel exhaust and asthma Diesel exhaust and exercise Effects of Exposure to Air Pollution on Cognition (EAPOC) Canadian Asthma Primary Prevention Study (CAPPS) Cedar Asthma Sputum Markers (CASM) Study Grain Study Woodstove Exchange Study (WEST) The Traffic pollution, Asthma, Genetics (TAG) Study Genetics and Public Health