The Clean Air Debate: The Lifelong Impact of Air Pollution
We will be hosting an online forum ‘The Clean Air Debate: The Lifelong Impact of Air Pollution’ on Wednesday 29th September 2021 at 17:00 CEST.
The aim of this forum, the second in a series of events to connect science and policy, is to ensure effective, bi-directional dialogue and exchange of information between policy stakeholders and researchers. Organised by the LongITools project, the ultimate aim of the forum is to bridge the gaps between science, citizens and policy.
This forum will specifically focus on air pollution and its effects across the life-course. The agenda will include short presentations by Dr Kevin Cromar, a Director of the Health, Environment and Policy Program at the Marron Institute of Urban Management at New York University and an Associate Professor of Environmental Medicine and Population Health at New York University Grossman School of Medicine, and Dr Bénédicte Jacquemin a Researcher at Inserm, a public research organization in France and LongITools partner, working at the Research Institute for Environmental and Occupational Health. The presentations will cover the challenges of air pollution and the research being undertaken by LongITools. An informal discussion will then follow, looking at air pollution at a local level.
The forum is aimed at local government health and environment policymakers, European and national policy research organisations, intermediaries such as patient participation groups, and citizens. It will provide the opportunity to network and engage with other policy and research stakeholders and to share knowledge and best practice.
LongITools is studying the interactions between environmental, psychosocial, lifestyle, and biological factors to determine the risk of developing chronic cardiovascular and metabolic non-communicable diseases.
With a focus on air pollution, noise pollution, and the built environment, the project will study and measure how longitudinal exposure to these factors contribute to the risk of developing diseases such as obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart diseases and atherosclerosis across the life-course.
Taking an exposome approach, also referred to as complex systems theory in policymaking, it links individual and societal health to the environment to define disease trajectories. This will ultimately inform policymakers about the barriers and opportunities to build more resilient environment and health systems.
LongITools is a member of the European Human Exposome Network, the world’s largest cluster of innovative projects studying the impact of environmental exposures on human health. This network will play a critical role in delivering impactful exposome research and supporting infrastructure which will contribute to European competitiveness.