May 30, 2018

10:00pm – 11:00pm

CHS 43-105


About the lecture: Childhood asthma is a burdensome disease that is often cited as the most common chronic disease in children. Traffic-related air pollution (TRAP) may be an important exposure in its development although the impact of TRAP exposures on the risk of child onset asthma is unclear. Further, the burden of childhood asthma that may be attributable to TRAP is poorly documented. In this presentation, I will overview the latest evidence on whether long-term exposure to TRAP contributes to the onset of childhood asthma. Moreover, I will present results from recent burden of disease assessments of TRAP and childhood asthma onset, highlighting differences in the estimates across different methods and pollutant selections. I will focus on full-chain burden of disease assessment that considers the full-chain from exposure source (vehicle emissions), through pathways (air pollution and exposure levels) to health impacts (development of childhood asthma), in a disadvantaged population with public concern about the effects of TRAP. 


About the speaker: Dr. Haneen Khreis is a cross-disciplinary professional in the health impacts of transport planning and policy. She has training in transport planning and engineering, vehicle emissions monitoring and modelling, air quality monitoring and modelling, exposure assessment, systematic reviews and meta-analyses, health impact and burden of disease assessment, policy options generation, cross-disciplinary collaboration, curriculum development, and the science-policy link in transport and health. She also has experience and worked in the fields of epidemiology, childhood asthma, climate action and co-benefits and knowledge translation. Dr. Khreis completed her doctoral studies working between the Leeds Institute for Transport Studies (ITS) and the Leeds Institute of Cardiovascular and Metabolic Medicine (LICAMM), in close collaboration with the Centre for Research in Environmental Epidemiology (CREAL) at the Barcelona’s Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal). She has published extensively on the above topics, edited a book on “Integrating Human Health into Urban and Transport Planning” and is now leading one on “Traffic-Related Air Pollution, Human Exposures and Health” and co-editing another on “Transport and Health”. Dr. Khreis is currently an Assistant Research Scientist at the Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) and the Center for Advancing Research in Transportation Emissions, Energy, and Health (CARTEEH) and remains an Associated Researcher at ISGlobal. At CARTEEH, she leads the development of a cross-disciplinary curriculum on Transportation Emissions, Air Pollution, Exposures, and Health and leads a European and a USA-wide burden of disease assessment on traffic-related air pollution and childhood asthma. 



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