Traffic-related air pollution represents a complex mixture of both gaseous and particulate air pollutants. Several epidemiological studies have identified proximity to major transportation corridors as significant risk factors for adverse cardiovascular and respiratory disease health outcomes. However, connecting epidemiological studies to personal exposure remains challenging. This seminar will explore how data mining can help make the connection between air pollution, exposure and health. Recent work conducted in Toronto will be highlighted including mapping traffic-related air pollution and personal exposure monitoring studies.
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Presenter: Dr. Kelly Sabaliauskas
Kelly Sabaliauskas earned a PhD in chemical engineering from the University of Toronto. Her research on Toronto residents’ exposure to traffic-related air pollution was conducted in the Southern Ontario Centre for Atmospheric Aerosol Research (SOCAAR). At SOCAAR, she applied geographical modelling to connect environmental exposures to health. Most recently, Kelly joined Toronto Public Health as a health research specialist examining the impacts of extreme weather, air pollution, pollen, and neighbourhood design on the health of Toronto residents.
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