OEH Seminar: TARGetKids: A study of children’s blood lead
Friday, March 10, 2017 12:30 pm to 01:30 pm
University of Toronto. Gage Building, Room 108. 223 College Street (enter off Ross Street)
Environmental and Occupational Health
In Person; Webinar
Lead is a toxicant with a range of potential long-term
effects, including diminished intellectual function and neurobehavioural
problems in children. There is limited information on the blood lead of young
children in Canada. The key source of biomonitoring data in Canada, the
Canadian Health Measures Survey, captures Canadian residents 3 years of age
and over, and is nationally representative. The childhood peak in blood lead
levels occurs around 18-36 months of age.
In response to a request from Toronto Public Health,
our team partnered with the TARGet Kids cohort study investigators to measure
blood lead in preschool age children and look at risk factors for elevated
levels. This presentation will provide a background on the project and the
preliminary results of the analysis.
Presenter: Dr. JinHee Kim
Dr. JinHee Kim
has been a Public Health Physician with the Environmental and Occupational
Health team at Public Health Ontario (PHO) since 2014. After her MD at the
University of British Columbia, she completed her residency in Family
Medicine and Public Health and Preventive Medicine, as well as her MPH in
Epidemiology at the University of Toronto. She worked briefly in Toronto
Public Health as an Associate Medical Officer of Health before joining PHO.
work includes projects related to lead, the Environmental Burden of Disease
Project, food safety, resident education and providing support to PHO clients
on a variety of environmental health issues.
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