Centre for Public Health and Population Health Research Seminar

03 Feb ‘16

12.30PM - 2.00PM
Speaker: Fintan Hurley, Institute of Occupational Medicine

Venue: Room 1A73, Cottrell Building, University of Stirling

Health Impact Assessment Seminar

“Deaths caused by air pollution – how good are the estimates and what do they mean?”

Outdoor air pollution has a major impact on public health in Scotland, the UK and worldwide, partly because everybody is exposed. It affects a very wide range of cardio-respiratory and other health outcomes, from birth through to old age. This talk will focus on deaths attributable to outdoor air pollution, especially long-term exposure to fine particles (PM2.5), ozone and nitrogen dioxide (NO2). How many premature deaths per year? What is involved in estimating them? What do the estimates mean? How can this be communicated in a way that is simultaneously accurate and accessible? Some of the issues considered apply to estimating mortality from other causes also, for example active cigarette smoking.

Fintan Hurley, Scientific Director, IOM, University of Edinburgh, epidemiologist and contributor to WHO, US EPA and UK groups on this topic.

This seminar is free to attend and is open to staff, students and members of the public. Please RSVP to Sheryl Sproule at shs.research.support@stir.ac.uk by Thursday 28 January 2016 if you would like to attend.

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