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The recent Global Burden of Disease Study has highlighted the substantial impact of air pollution on premature mortality worldwide. Over the past decade, there is also an increasing body of evidence linking exposure to air pollution to the onset of major chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and more recently, dementia. These associations were observed even at the relatively low concentrations often seen in Ontario. Advances in understanding the impact of ambient air pollution can inform the development of interventions to benefit population health. During this talk, we will review the current evidence about the impact of air pollution on the development of chronic diseases. We will present new findings from the Ontario Population Health and Environment Cohort (ONPHEC) study on air pollution and chronic diseases in the context of Ontario. We will then discuss current research regarding past and present air quality interventions.
Presenters: Dr. Hong Chen and Lauren Paul
Dr. Hong Chen is a Scientist in the Department of Environmental & Occupational Health at Public Health Ontario, an Adjunct Scientist at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences, and an Assistant Professor in the Occupational & Environmental Health Division at the University of Toronto. His current research is focused on the health effects of exposure to environmental risk factors, particularly ambient air pollution, extreme temperature, and environmental noise.
Lauren Paul is a Research Coordinator in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health at Public Health Ontario. She is currently working with Dr. Chen on a variety of studies concerning the associations between air pollution, green space, and major chronic diseases.
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