UMD AOSC Seminar
Air Pollution and Adverse Respiratory Health Outcomes: How Does Epidemiology Work?
Modern epidemiology has linked exposure to various air pollutants with a multitude of adverse human health effects, including respiratory diseases. However, these diseases are multifactorial. In most cases, we have a limited understanding of the underlying pathophysiology. As such, it is critical to account for risk factors other then air pollution before a causal relationship between exposure to air pollutants and adverse health effect can be established. The talk will focus on the role of epidemiology in air pollution research, human exposures and the resulting adverse respiratory health outcomes, with a special emphasis on 1) indoor air pollution from solid fuels and risk of lung cancer in the developing countries and 2) outdoor air pollution and risk of asthma exacerbation among US asthmatics.
October 29, 2009, Thurday