Work-Related Asthma

About Us

Who are we?

We are a research group from the University of Toronto and McMaster University. That includes:

  • Doctors specializing in respiratory diseases including work-related asthma (respirologists): Dr Susan M Tarlo, Dr Samir Gupta and Dr Marcos Ribeiro.
  • An occupational medicine specialist: Dr Gary Liss
  • Experts in web-based education and web design: Prof Mark Chignell, Dr. Anthony Levinson, as well as Master's student Ms Shadi Ghajar-Khosravi. We thank Amy Henderson, Manager of Health Communications, and Janis Haas, Director of Marketing and Communications, both of the Canadian Lung Association for assistance in adjusting the reading level of this program, and the Asthma Society of Canada for reviewing earlier versions.
  • We also thank the educators and the young adults with asthma who assisted in the evaluation of earlier versions of the website.

What is the goal of this website?

The goal of this website is to enable young adults with asthma to understand the possible effects of workplaces on their asthma, to know how to minimize the risk of asthma worsening and steps to take if their asthma does worsen as a result of work.

Who are the intended audience?

The intended audience is primarily young adults with asthma who are planning to enter the workforce or who have started their working life. However it also can be useful to older workers with asthma and to workers who have developed asthma while working.

Who are our sponsors?

Our sponsors and supporters for the development of this website are BC WorkSafe and the Workplace Health, Safety and Compensation Commission of Newfoundland and Labrador who provided research funding support for this project, and the University of Toronto and St Michael's Hospital for research ethics and administrative support.


The content provided on this site is for informational purposes only. The content is not intended to replace the medical advice of your doctor.