The Latest in Public Health Research: Building epidemiological evidence and prediction capabilities for climate-sensitive diseases
April 11, 12:10 pm – 1:00 pm PDT
Speaker: Alexandra Heaney, Postdoctoral Scholar, UC Berkeley School of Public Health
In this talk, Dr. Heaney will discuss the body of research she has undertaken as a postdoctoral scholar at UC Berkeley, as she is leaving to start as an Assistant Professor at UC San Diego in July, 2023. Her work broadly combines theoretical study, field epidemiology, and computational science to elucidate the relationships between climate variability and human disease risk in order to inform (1) how climate change may impact disease risk in the future and (2) how climate information can be utilized to improve early warning disease prediction systems. Dr. Heaney will focus this talk on her work related to the seasonality and hydrometeorological drivers of coccidioidomycosis, an emerging fungal disease in the southwestern United States. She will also discuss her recent paper quantifying the impacts of high wildfire smoke concentrations on respiratory and cardiovascular health across California.
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