The Unsung Lung Podcast

Lung health is important. Join host Jacob Sperling, Health Promotion Coordinator for Alberta Lung, as he delves into the world of lung health and lung disease. 1 in 5 Albertans will struggle with lung disease in their lifetime. We need to make lung health a central focus in our overall well-being. This podcast aims to educate you, the listener, on how to protect yourself and embrace compassion for others who are struggling with lung disease. To support our podcast, please visit www.patreon.com/unsunglung. We appreciate every supporter and every dollar goes to helping Canadians with lung disease!

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Episodes

What is Epidemiology?

Saturday Jun 01, 2024

Saturday Jun 01, 2024

As summer is approaching in Alberta, the warmer temperatures remind us of fun things like water parks on a warm sunny day and a bike ride through your favourite park. They also remind us of the not-so-fun-things, like wildfires and climate change. On this episode of The Unsung Lung Podcast, Jacob sits down with Epidemiologist, Dr. Scott Weichenthal. They discuss biostatistics, health effects of air pollution, and how large-scale environmental risk factors affect the things we do everyday. We hope you enjoy the episode!
Stay Connected:
For more information about the show, visit: www.ablung.ca/unsung-lung
To find programs and initiatives offered by Alberta Lung, visit: www.ablung.ca
For the main webpage of the podcast, visit: https://jsperlingg4.podbean.com
 
"As Always... Just Remember to Breathe"

The "C" Word

Wednesday May 01, 2024

Wednesday May 01, 2024

It almost seems like a bad word. The "C" word. Cancer. Today, Jacob sits down with Dr. Quincy Chu and Dr. Paul Wheatley-Price to discuss everything lung cancer. They talk about Lung Cancer Canada, new lung cancer treatments, and Dr. Wheatley-Prince's podcast called Lung Cancer Voices. This was an amazing discussion bridging health policy with everything medical science and research. We hope you enjoy the show!
Stay Connected:
For more information about the show, visit: www.ablung.ca/unsung-lung
To find programs and initiatives offered by Alberta Lung, visit: www.ablung.ca
For the main webpage of the podcast, visit: https://jsperlingg4.podbean.com
 
"As Always... Just Remember to Breathe"

Precision Coordination

Monday Apr 01, 2024

Monday Apr 01, 2024

The University of Alberta Lung Transplant Program performs the highest volume of transplants per capita in Canada and boasts the best survival rates of any other program in the country. This is in no small part due to dedicated and experienced transplant coordinators like Marianne Goodvin, our guest on the show today. We discuss a day in the life of a lung transplant coordinator and how her team know all too well the importance of Alberta Lung's Breathing Space. This amazing building will support patients by removing barriers like cost of housing and providing peer support. We are so grateful to have Marianne on the show today and we hope you enjoy the conversation!
Stay Connected:
For more information about the show, visit: www.ablung.ca/unsung-lung
To find programs and initiatives offered by Alberta Lung, visit: www.ablung.ca
For the main webpage of the podcast, visit: https://jsperlingg4.podbean.com
 
"As Always... Just Remember to Breathe"

Don't Sleep on Radon

Friday Mar 01, 2024

Friday Mar 01, 2024

This month's show has us talking about all things health policy and indoor air quality. Jacob sits down with lawyer and PhD, Dr. Noah Quastel, to talk about radon, sustainability, and law and policy. They discuss why it is so important to advocate to your local politicians about causes that are important to you, specifically issues related to lung health!
Stay Connected:
For more information about the show, visit: www.ablung.ca/unsung-lung
To find programs and initiatives offered by Alberta Lung, visit: www.ablung.ca
For the main webpage of the podcast, visit: https://jsperlingg4.podbean.com
 
"As Always... Just Remember to Breathe"

Thursday Feb 01, 2024

We've got another double-researcher episode for you! On today's show, we talk all things lung transplant with Dr. Jason Weatherald and Dr. Kieran Halloran. Dr. Weatherald is an Assistant Professor at the University of Alberta and focusses on pulmonary vascular disease. Dr. Halloran is an Associate Professor at the U of A and lung transplantation is his main area of expertise. In the interview, we discuss everything from organ rejection to patient-centred research and medical treatment!
Stay Connected:
For more information about the show, visit: www.ablung.ca/unsung-lung
To find programs and initiatives offered by Alberta Lung, visit: www.ablung.ca
For the main webpage of the podcast, visit: https://jsperlingg4.podbean.com
 
"As Always... Just Remember to Breathe"

Respiratory Research!

Monday Jan 01, 2024

Monday Jan 01, 2024

New year, new show! We talk 'all-things-vaping' with two experts in the field of lung health in Alberta! Dr. Harissios Vliagoftis is a Professor at the University of Alberta and focuses on immunology, asthma, and allergies. Dr. Paul Forsythe has his PhD in immunopharmacology and runs The Forsythe Lab that researches the connection between the lungs and the brain. Together, these two physicians are the researchers that are studying the effects of vaping on asthma in collaboration with Alberta Lung!
Stay Connected:
For more information about the show, visit: www.ablung.ca/unsung-lung
To find programs and initiatives offered by Alberta Lung, visit: www.ablung.ca
For the main webpage of the podcast, visit: https://jsperlingg4.podbean.com
 
"As Always... Just Remember to Breathe"

RSV and Me

Friday Dec 01, 2023

Friday Dec 01, 2023

On today's show, we talk about everything Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) with two guys who know a thing or two about the disease. Dr. Dion Neame is a pediatrician and Assistant Clinical Professor at McMaster University. Amit Gupta has a Doctorate in Pharmacy who is passionate about enhancing immunization rates in marginalized communities. The trio discusses the prevalence of RSV, how it affects different age groups, and how you can protect yourself against it!
Stay Connected:
For more information on the show, visit: www.ablung.ca/unsung-lung
To find programs and initiatives offered by Alberta Lung, visit: www.ablung.ca
For the main webpage of the podcast, visit: https://jsperlingg4.podbean.com
 
"As Always... Just Remember to Breathe" 

Behind the Screen

Wednesday Nov 01, 2023

Wednesday Nov 01, 2023

For the first time in our show's history we devote an entire episode to one of the biggest topics in lung health, lung cancer! Jacob sits down with Dr. Alain Tremblay and Stephanie Fisher Dortman to discuss lung cancer screening, risk factors related to lung cancer, and tips to reduce your chances of developing the disease! A massive thank-you to these two leading minds in the world of lung cancer for giving their time to educate us.
Stay Connected:
For more information and to answer our survey, visit: www.ablung.ca/unsung-lung
To find programs and initiatives offered by Alberta Lung, visit: www.ablung.ca
For the main webpage of the podcast, visit: https://jsperlingg4.podbean.com
 
"As Always... Just Remember to Breathe"

Sunday Oct 01, 2023

How do environmental factors affect lung health? Can climate change really damage your lungs? These are just a few of the questions that Jacob discusses with Melanie Langille, President and CEO of NB Lung. The duo dive into the world of environmental sciences to discuss how simple things in our everyday lives can have detrimental effects on our lung health.
Stay Connected:
For more information and to answer our survey, visit: www.ablung.ca/unsung-lung
To find programs and initiatives offered by Alberta Lung, visit: www.ablung.ca
For the main webpage of the podcast, visit: https://jsperlingg4.podbean.com
 
"As Always... Just Remember to Breathe"

The Helmet from the Future

Friday Sep 01, 2023

Friday Sep 01, 2023

Picture a scuba diving helmet... but this helmet isn't for breathing underwater, it's to help those with lung disease! Join Jacob on September's edition of The Unsung Lung Podcast as he takes a deep dive into the world of lung health technology with Arpan Grover, Co-Founder and CEO of Clarivent Medical, Inc. They discuss Clarivent's newest creation, why advancement in lung health technology is so crucial, and the steps that it takes to create a medical-tech company from the ground up!
Here's a link to see the Bubble Helmet for yourself: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8545034/
Stay Connected:
For more information and to answer our survey, visit www.ablung.ca/unsung-lung
To find programs and initiatives offered by Alberta Lung, visit: www.ablung.ca
For the main webpage of the podcast, visit: https://jsperlingg4.podbean.com
 
"As Always... Just Remember to Breathe"

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Alberta Lung

Founded in the 1930’s by the Kinsmen Club to aid in the Tuberculosis epidemic, Alberta Lung now operates to raise funds for research, prevention of lung disease, and patient supports. Our vision is to create a world free of lung disease, and our goals are to help save lives, promote greater understanding of lung disease, and create positive change in lung health. Visit us online at www.ablung.ca to learn more about all our initiatives!

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