5 minutes with Dr. Chris Carlsten

By Carlynn Ferguson-King on 2015-11-10


What’s the focus of your research?

Our research focuses on the relationship between air pollution and public health. We look at how pollution particles affect the way genes are expressed in the body. One of our most recent studies demonstrated how two hours of exposure to diesel exhaust fumes can lead to fundamental health-related changes in biology by switching some genes on, while switching others off.

Rosalind’s story: I knew I could quit for weeks at a time… however I always ended up being drawn back to smoking

By Tracey Jirak on 2015-09-29

As a social smoker for over 35 years, I always assumed quitting was something I could do any time I wanted.

I knew I could quit for weeks at a time while traveling, and while I was pregnant I quit for 2 years, however I always ended up being drawn back to smoking.

Darcy’s Story: At age 54 I was diagnosed with IPF, and would need a lung transplant to survive

By Carlynn Ferguson-King on 2015-09-04

Darcy Murdoch has played many roles in his life as an entertainer. An average encounter finds him effortlessly riffling between two of his alter egos, crooner Bobby Bacchus, and the King himself, Elvis Presley. But no role has challenged him more than that of patient.

Janet’s story: Six years ago I was diagnosed with lung cancer

By Janet on 2015-08-18

Six years ago I was diagnosed with lung cancer. I had most of my left lung and lymph nodes removed in my first surgery and tumours removed from my right lung in a second surgery three months later. I’ve never smoked.

Finding out I had lung cancer was a huge shock for me. Like many people, I thought only people who smoked got lung cancer. But that’s not the case.

My Experience With Lung Cancer – Part 6: When things are hard

By Terry on 2015-03-06

March 6, 2015: The last month has been the hardest so far. The cancer progressed despite the new treatment, and that led to a fracture of my spine with back pain that kept me in bed for weeks. I had surgery to stabilize the back two weeks ago and finally feel that I am starting to get some strength and mobility back. And I will be starting a new chemotherapy today.