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Joel Schwartz, PhD

Monday, March 10th, 4:30-6PM
(to be followed by a wine and cheese reception)

 
Joel Schwartz, PhD
Professor of Environmental Epidemiology
Department of Environmental Health
Department of Epidemiology
Harvard School of Public Health
 
Title
Is Public Health part of the Epidemiologist's Job? From Epidemiology to Policy
 
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Summary
Epidemiology is a science, but one linked to public health. How have we impacted public policy in the past, and what role do we have in doing so? What have been the public health benefits? Discussion on these issues will be illustrated with two examples: Lead an Particulate Air pollution.
 
About the speaker
Dr. Schwartz’s research has focused on the health consequences of exposure to pollutants, including the health effects of lead and the health effects of air pollutants. He has recently also begun work looking at water contamination.
 
In lead, Dr. Schwartz has examined cardiovascular effects of lead exposure in adults, cognitive effects in children, auditory effects in children, and effects of lead on children’s growth. He has also done work on sources of lead exposure, including establishing gasoline lead as the major source of lead exposure in the United States.
 
His air pollution work has examined both acute and chronic effects of air pollution exposure. Recent research has established that exposure to fine combustion particles in the air at concentrations well below current standards are associated with a range of adverse health effects from increased respiratory symptoms, to increased hospital admissions, to increased deaths. This work has led to a tightening of the U.S. air quality standards. He has also done considerable work on health effects of ozone exposure. Recent work has been focussed on the cardiovascular effects of air pollution, and on factors which modify the response to air pollution.
 
A third major focus of his research is on the effects of antioxidants on respiratory health. To date this has focused on chronic effects (e.g. relationship between dietary intake and level of pulmonary function or symptoms). A final area of interest is in the use of cost benefit analysis to make environmental decisions. Dr. Schwartz has developed methodologies for assessing the benefits of lead control, and applied those methodologies to the decision to remove lead from gasoline, and recently, in collaboration with colleagues at the Centers for Disease Control, to a decision to revise their screening recommendations for children. He is also involved in cost benefit analysis of air pollution control.


Location: The CUNY Graduate Center, Room 1218 - Segal Theatre
365 5th Ave (34th and 5th), New York, NY 10016
 
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365 5th Ave (34th and 5th), New York, NY 10016
 
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