Grand Rounds: Measuring the effects of air pollution on the health of populations around the world: from rural Africa to novel statistics?
Public health policy increasingly demands quantitative evidence for priorities and for expected and demonstrated effectiveness. Coupled with this demand, epidemiological studies and surveillance are providing a great deal of quantitative data on diseases, risk factors, and interventions. This presentation will use a range of examples related to air pollution and its health impacts in developing countries to illustrate the range of field and modelling research opportunities in global environmental health.
Majid Ezzati is the Chair in Global Environmental Health at Imperial College London. Dr. Ezzati's research interests are centred around understanding the determinants of, and risk factors for, health and disease at the population level, especially as they change through technological innovation and technology management. His research focuses on the exposure to and health effects of environmental, behavioural, nutritional, and metabolic risk factors and their interventions. His research group has conducted field research in Kenya, Ghana, and The Gambia. He led the World Health Organization’s collaborative project on risk factors (titled “the Comparative Risk Assessment Project”) which appeared in the World Health Report 2002: Reducing Risks, Promoting Healthy Life and is currently leading the Comparative Risk Assessment component of the Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk Factors 2005 Study and the Global Burden of Metabolic Risk Factors for Chronic Diseases.