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Ambient air pollution and extreme temperatures are two major environmental risk factors affecting millions of people worldwide. Less is known, however, about their influence on the population of Ontario. Epidemiologic research has played a crucial role in quantifying the burden of disease from environmental factors and in informing regulations and other actions to reduce environmental exposures and their adverse effects. This talk will provide brief information about the ongoing Ontario Population health and Environment Cohort (OPEC) study. Selected results from two analyses in this study that assessed the effect of long-term exposure to fine particulate matter on the development of diabetes and on survival after acute myocardial infarction will be presented. Finally, a comparative assessment of the health effect of cold and hot temperatures in Ontario will be presented.
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Presenter: Dr. Hong Chen
Hong Chen is a scientist, Environmental Health Assessment, Public Health Ontario; adjunct scientist, Institute of Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES); and assistant professor, Occupational and Environmental Division, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto. Hong's current research has focused on health effects of exposure to environmental risk factors, particularly ambient air pollution, extreme temperature, and environmental noise.
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