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Why working at PHO is important to me:

"An important benefit of working at PHO is the ability to apply our research, knowledge, and expertise at a level that can directly influence policy and practice to improve the health of Ontarians."

Hong Chen, Scientist
New: Scientist Profile

Watch Dr. Hong Chen talk about:
  • What excites him about his work
  • The impact of his research
  • Why he chose PHO

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    Academic degrees and accreditations

    • Doctor of philosophy (Epidemiology), McGill University
    • Master of science (Management Information Systems), Texas A&M University
    • Master of science (Environmental Sciences), University of Akron

    Areas of expertise

    • Environmental epidemiology
    • Environmental exposure assessment
    • Biostatistics
    • Environmental exposure assessment using geographic information systems (GIS)

    PHO research interests

    • Understanding the human health effects of exposure to environmental risk factors, particularly ambient air pollution, traffic-related noise, and extreme temperature.
    • Methodological development regarding the modelling of health impacts of air pollution, with a focus on developing spatiotemporal models to characterize the spatial and temporal variability of air pollutants.
    • Informing policy- and decision-making on actions geared towards achieving environmental exposure reduction and disease prevention.

    Current PHO research activities

    • Assessing the associations between long-term exposure to ambient air pollution and noise and the development of cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
    • Investigating the effects of air pollution on the development of major neurodegenerative diseases, especially dementia, Parkinson’s disease, and multiple sclerosis.
    • Quantifying the health burden of ambient temperatures on mortality and morbidity.
    • Examining the effects of environmental exposures on the long-term survival and other outcomes of adults living with major chronic diseases.
    • Evaluating the public health impacts of environmental health programs, such as smog advisories.

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