Air Pollution and Health Forum

NEW: FREE PUBLIC TALK - Air pollution: science, controversy, and impact on public health

7pm 24th September Newcastle City Hall, with International Air Pollution and Health Expert Prof. C. Arden Pope

Community Scientific Engagement Forum, 23 - 24th September 2013, Newcastle City Hall

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Program Outline

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Day 1 - Morning: Air Pollution and Health Workshop

Introduction to air pollution and health concepts in a classroom style interaction with local experts

Day 1 - Afternoon: Contextualising Health Issues in Land Use Conflicts

Air pollution is just one of many concerns in land use conflicts, we consider the interaction between a range of land use conflicts including air pollution. Case studies from the Hunter and further afield will be considered.

Day 2 - State of the Art Presentations by Air Pollution and Health Experts

International health experts share the latest research on air pollution and answer questions
Organisation Day 1 AM Day 1 PM Day 2 All Day
Academics, Government (Local and State), Consultants & Industry $88 $88 $165
Community, NGOs & Students Free Free $40
An early bird discount 10% will apply for applications received by July 15th. Refunds for cancellation are not available after August 1st. Space is limited. Day 2 Registration fee includes morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea.
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International Experts

We are fortunate to have three of the experts engaged by the World Health Organisation for the 2013 Review of Evidence on Health Aspects of Air Pollution Report, REVIHAAP

Professor C. Arden Pope, III, Brigham Young University

C_Arden_PopeC. Arden Pope, III is currently the Mary Lou Fulton Professor of Economics. Professor Pope has perhaps contributed the most important research papers on the relationship between particulates and health outcomes. Many air standards around the world are referenced to his research. He received his Ph.D. from Iowa State University (Economics/Statistics, 1981) and was a Fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health (Environmental Health and Public Policy, 1992/93). He has conducted research dealing with various natural resource and environmental issues and his cross-disciplinary research in environmental economics and air pollution epidemiology has resulted in seminal studies on the health effects of air pollution. Dr. Pope has collaborated on various key studies of human health effects of short- and long-term air pollution exposure and has played prominent roles in reviewing and interpreting this literature. He has been the recipient of various honors and awards including the Thomas T. Mercer Joint Prize from the American Association for Aerosol Research and the International Society for Aerosols in Medicine (2001), the Utah Governor's Medal for Science & Technology (2004), and Honorary Fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians (FCCP Hon, 2008).

Professor Ross Anderson Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health, MRC-HPA Centre for Environment and Health

ross_andersonRoss Anderson holds posts at both at the Division of Population Health Sciences and Education, St George's, University of London and at the Environmental Research Group, King's College London. Ross is a respiratory epidemiologist with a longstanding interest in the epidemiology of asthma and the health effects of air pollution. His early air pollution research was into the effects of indoor biomass burning in Papua New Guinea but over recent decades it has been mainly concerned with outdoor air pollution. The body of his research in this area has been concerned with time-series studies in the UK, Europe and Hong Kong and has included extensive systematic reviews and meta-analyses. More recently he has been investigating the effects of long term exposure to air pollution using health datasets from the UK and ISAAC and is also coordinating studies of the health effects of exposure to traffic pollution in London. Professor Ross Anderson is currently serving on a number of policy related committees, including the WHO Scientific Advisory Committee for reviewing the evidence on health aspects of air pollution for the European Union and the UK Committee on the Medical Effects of Air Pollution (COMEAP). Professor Anderson recently retired from the US Health Effects Institute Review Committee. He co-chairs the Expert Groups on chronic respiratory disease and on air pollution for the Global Burden of Disease project.

Professor Bert Brunekreef Professor of Environmental Epidemiology, Utrecht University

burt_brunekreefSince the early 1990s, Professor Brunekreef has coordinated four EU funded studies (PEACE, TRAPCA, AIRALLERG and AIRNET) in the field of air pollution, allergy and health. He now acts a coordinator of the European Study of Cohorts for Air Pollution Effects (ESCAPE, 2008-2012). He has been partner in many other international collaborative studies. He has also been the PI on two studies funded by the US Health Effects Institute. On several occasions, Bert Brunekreef served as advisor on national and international panels in the field of environmental health, including the Dutch National Health Council, of which he is a member, WHO and the US EPA. Bert Brunekreef is co-author of more than 300 peer reviewed journal articles in the field of environmental epidemiology and exposure assessment. More information.

Professor Guy Marks, Director The Centre for Air quality and health Research and evaluation (CAR)

guy_marksGuy Marks is a respiratory physician, epidemiologist and Clinical Professor of Medicine University of Sydney. His main area of research has been in the fields of asthma and allergy and also environmental epidemiology. He is an investigator in several large epidemiological studies on health effects of outdoor and indoor air pollution. He is an NHMRC Practitioner Fellow and recipient of the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand's Research Medal in 2010. He received the NHMRC's Award for the Achievement in 2010. He has supervised several PhD and Masters research projects as we ll as post-doctoral students. More information.

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Organisational Governance of the Forum

The convenors for the Forum are Dr Craig Dalton, conjoint senior lecturer, Faculty of Health and Medicine, University of Newcastle/HMRI and Professor Guy Marks from CAR. We appreciate the advice and guideance on the format of the Forum, content, and speakers from Dr John Drinan (SSHEG), Mr Keith Craig (NCCCE), Mr Scott Evans (Hunter Environment Institute). The speakers were invited to present on the basis of their excellence in their field and their unbiased commitment to scientific investigation. No industry sponsorship for this forum was sought or accepted. Support for the Forum was provided by federal and state government funds provided to CAR and through attendance fees. A seeding grant was obtained from the NSW Department of Trade and Investment through an application in partnership with the Hunter Environment Institute. The conference is supported by Hunter Environment Institute, CASANZ, and University of Newcastle/HMRI.

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