Release Date: September 17, 2014
BUFFALO, N.Y. – The University at Buffalo Department of Epidemiology and Environmental Health, School of Public Health and Health Professions (SPHHP), will present a day-long public workshop that aims to increase awareness of air pollution-related research from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 26, in room 5019, Clinical and Translational Center, 875 Ellicott St., Buffalo.
The event is free, but pre-registration is required at http://ubapw.eventbrite.com.
The workshop will feature more than a dozen presenters from several fields, including several national figures in the field of public health. Their research examines the relationship between exposure to environmental contaminants (including ambient pollution and that provoked by hydrofracking) and asthma, allergies, conjunctivitis, complications of pregnancy and childbirth, breast cancer, cardiovascular diseases, genetic alterations and other health problems.
They also will discuss current research into the mediation of related health issues.
Workshop conveners are Lina Mu, MD, PhD, associate professor, SPHHP Department of Epidemiology and Environmental Health, and James Olson, PhD, UB Distinguished Professor, Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, UB School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.
In addition to familiarizing the public with research in this field, Mu says, the workshop aims to build connections among scientists in different disciplines, promote communication between scientists and communities and generate ideas for possible collaborations in future multidisciplinary research.
UB supporters include the Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development, School of Public Health and Health Professions, Office of Global Health Initiatives, the Civic Engagement and Public Policy Research Initiative and the RENEW (Research and Education in eNergy, Environment and Water) Institute.
Workshop speakers will include 10 noted UB epidemiologists, geographers, nurses, engineers, chemists and others involved in air pollution research. They will be joined by experts from Roswell Park Cancer Institute, the University at Rochester and the Clean Air Coalition of Western New York.
Featured speakers and panelists will be:
Opening remarks will be presented by SPHHP Interim Dean Jean Wactawski-Wende, followed by presentations by UB researchers Mu and Olson; Matthew Bonner, PhD, associate professor, Department of Epidemiology and Environmental Health; and Pavani Ram, MD, associate professor, Department of Epidemiology and Environmental Health.
Also, Joseph Gardella Jr., PhD, SUNY Distinguished Professor and John and Frances Larkin Professor, Department of Chemistry; Eun-Hye Yoo, PhD, associate professor, Department of Geography; Deborah Chung, PhD, Niagara Mohawk Chair Professor of Materials Research, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering; John Atkinson, PhD, assistant professor, UB Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering; and Jessica Castner, PhD, RN, assistant professor, School of Nursing.
From outside UB, presenters include David Q. Rich, ScD, associate professor, University of Rochester; Erin Heaney, director, Clean Air Coalition of Western New York; and Mark Travers, PhD, assistant professor, Department of Health Behavior and Aerosol Pollution Exposure Research Laboratory, Roswell Park Cancer Institute.
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