SoGES Global Challenges Research Team Air Quality, Climate, and Health guest lecture with Michael Brauer : “The Global Burden of Disease from Air Pollution”

February 26, 2015
4:00pm to 5:30pm

The Global Burden of Disease (GBD) 2013 study is a collaborative effort led by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation and involving a large network of international experts. GBD 2010 estimated that exposure to ambient PM2.5 contributed to 3.2 million deaths and 74 million DALYS (via ischemic heart disease, stroke, COPD and, lung cancer in adults and acute lower respiratory infections in children < 5 yrs) worldwide in 2010, with ozone contributing an additional 150,000 deaths from COPD. Household air pollution from the domestic use of solid fuels for cooking and heating contributed 3.5 million deaths and 108 million DALYs (via ischemic heart disease, stroke, COPD, lung cancer, and cataracts in adults and acute lower respiratory infection in children < 5 yrs). The most recent update, GBD 2013, expands upon the methodology, datasets, and tools used in GBD 2010, and will produce estimates of deaths and DALYs attributable to PM2.5 and ozone in ambient air and to exposure to household air pollution from the use of solid fuels for 1990-2013 for 187 countries in 21 global regions as well as sub-country analyses for China, Mexico and the UK. In this presentation I will describe the methodology used to estimate the burden of disease attributable to air pollution, present the latest results, and discuss implications for air pollution health effects research and global health.




Guest lecture:

Michael Brauer is a Professor in the School of Population and Public Health at The University of British Columbia.  He also directs the Bridge Program – a strategic training program linking public health, engineering and policy.  His research focuses on the assessment of exposure and health impacts of air pollution, with specific interest in transportation-related and biomass air pollution. He has participated in monitoring and epidemiological studies throughout the world and served on advisory committees to the World Health Organization, the Climate and Clean Air Coalition, the US National Academy of Sciences, the Royal Society of Canada, the International Joint Commission and governments in North America and Asia.  He is an Associate Editor of Environmental Health Perspectives and a member of the Core Analytic Team for the Global Burden of Disease. 


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