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OEH Seminar: Estimating global burden of disease due to PM2.5
Friday, November 13, 2015 12:30 pm to 01:30 pm
Venue: 480 University Ave, Suite 300 Toronto, ON M5G 1V2 Boardroom 350
Environmental and Occupational Health
City: Toronto
Format: In Person; Webinar

​Note: This is an open invitation, and may be forwarded to interested parties.

The seminar will begin with a description of the Global Burden of Disease Project. This project has  estimated the number of attributable deaths and disability adjusted life years for 67 risk factors in 187 countries. Specific details of one risk factor, exposure to outdoor fine particulate matter (PM2.5), will be presented.  A new approach to burden of disease assessment will also be presented for ambient air pollution exposure in Canada.

DISCLAIMER: The opinions expressed by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies or views of Public Health Ontario, nor does the mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by Public Health Ontario.

Presenter: Dr.  Rick Burnett

Dr. Burnett is a senior research scientist with Health Canada.  Dr. Burnett’s interests are in mathematical and statistical methods to track health risks from environmental hazards in both space and time allowing assessments of the effectiveness of risk management strategies with respect to improvements in population health. 

Dr. Burnett has served on numerous US National Academy of Science Committees and university program advisory committees.  He is a member of the Global Burden of Disease committee on Outdoor Air Pollution and a recent recipient of the Federal Public Service Excellence in Science 2012 Award and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.
The Occupational and Environmental Health Seminar Series is a self-approved group learning activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification program of The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. The series is also approved by Council of Professional Experience for professional development hours (PDHs) for members of the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors (CIPHI), and by the Canadian Registration Board of Occupational Hygienists (CRBOH) for Registration Maintenance (RM) points. For more information, please contact Elaina MacIntyre (


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