‘Addressing the Health Effects of Air Pollution’
President Daniel S. Greenbaum of the Health Effects Institute will present “Addressing the Health Effects of Air Pollution in the Developed and Developing World: The work of the Health Effects Institute” at a Director’s Special Colloquium Wednesday, July 15, 2015, 2 p.m., Building 402 Auditorium.
Shuttle service will be provided beginning at 1:15 p.m. with stops at Buildings 201, 212, 202, 240, 222, 203, 208, 200, 205 and 362. Return trips will follow the talk.
Since 1980, the Health Effects Institute (HEI) has been producing what is widely regarded as high quality and credible science to inform often controversial air quality decisions in the US, Europe, and in the past 15 years in the developing countries of Asia and Latin America. HEI’s work, which is supported by balance funding from government and industry, and overseen by an independent Board of Directors and scientific committees, is guided by the HEI Strategic Plan for Understanding the Health Effects of Air Pollution.
This presentation will briefly describe the structure and operation of HEI, summarize the main elements of the new HEI Strategic Plan 2015 – 2020 and highlight HEI’s work and findings in several key developed country arenas: testing for effects at the lowest levels of air pollution; examining traffic effects and synthesizing the effects of ultrafine particles and new diesel technology. The presentation will also discuss HEI’s global health program which is helping to inform decisions in China and India. The recent Global Burden of Disease (GBD) estimates some 3 million premature deaths attributable to outdoor air pollution, fully two-thirds of which occur in the developing countries of Asia. This presentation will review the scientific basis for estimating the air pollution burden in these developing countries, and the needs for additional science looking ahead.
About the Presenter
Dan Greenbaum joined the Health Effects Institute as its President and Chief Executive Officer on March 1, 1994. In that role, Greenbaum leads HEI’s efforts, supported jointly by US EPA and industry, with additional funding from US DOE, Federal Highway Administration, US AID, the Asian Development Bank, and foundations, to provide public and private decision makers – in the US, Asia, Europe, and Latin America – with high quality, impartial, relevant and credible science about the health effects of air pollution to inform air quality decisions in the developed and developing world.