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SPH Brown Bag: Research to Regulation: A Physician-Scientist’s Search for Health Equity in Air Quality and Climate Change
October 22, 2019 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm PDT
Dr. John Balmes is a Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) where he is on the faculty of the Divisions of Occupational and Environmental Medicine and Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital. He is also Professor of Environmental Health Sciences at the University of California, Berkeley where he is the Director of the Northern California Center for Occupational and Environmental Health and the UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program.
Dr. Balmes has an active research program on the respiratory, cardiovascular, and metabolic effects of ambient air pollutants. At UC Berkeley, he collaborates in epidemiological studies of the chronic effects of air pollutants. He is has authored or co-authored over 300 papers or chapters on the potential health effects of exposures to ambient air pollutants and occupational hazards.
He will discuss how his research on the health effects of air pollution led him to appreciate the disproportionate impacts on disadvantaged communities of color. He will also discuss how his position as Physician Member of the California Air Resources has allowed him to help develop policies to try to mitigate those impacts.