'Linking ambient air pollution with an increasing range of health effects'

Biosciences NG08
Life and Environmental Sciences, Research
Wednesday 21st May 2014 (16:15-17:15)
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Part of the School Seminar Series

Speaker: Professor Frank Kelly, MRC-PHE Centre for Environment & Health, KCL

Host: Roy Harrison

Professor Kelly holds the chair in Environmental Health at King's College London, where he leads a substantial research activity which spans aspects of air pollution research from toxicology to science policy. Prof Kelly is Director of the NIHR Health Protection Research Unit on Environmental Hazards and Deputy Director of the MRC-PHE Centre for Environment and Health. 

He has led studies of the urban airshed within London including the impact of the introduction of London’s Congestion Charging Zone and Low Emission Zone. He currently leads a longitudinal cohort study examining the impact of urban air pollution and traffic management schemes on the respiratory health of 8-9 year old children attending schools within Tower Hamlets and Hackney.  

It’s been known for some time that air pollution reduces people’s life expectancy and contributes to the development of heart and lung disease. More recent research indicates that air pollution can also influence human health in a variety of other ways. Poor air quality contributes to the development and exacerbation of allergenic conditions, cancer, diabetes, and adverse pregnancy and birth outcomes to name but a few. 

In this seminar I plan to look at this new and emerging health literature and examine the mechanisms underlying this increasingly recognised environmental hazard.