The 2020 conference oral presentations are available for viewing on YouTube.
Special 2020 Plenary Speaker:
Dr. Arden Pope.
C. Arden Pope, III is the Mary Lou Fulton Professor of Economics at Brigham Young University. He has a PhD from Iowa State University (1981) and was a Fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health (1992/93). He has conducted or collaborated on seminal studies on health effects of air pollution and has authored or coauthored 200+ research including articles in New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, Lancet, PNAS, AJRCCM, and Circulation. He is one of the world’s most cited and recognized experts on health effects of air pollution (Web of Science/Clarivate Analytics, Highly Cited Researcher; 100,000+ Google Scholar citations). He has served on or chaired various scientific advisory and oversight boards and committees (including U.S. EPA Science Advisory Board and Chair of the U.S. EPA Advisory Council on Clean Air Compliance Analysis). He has also been a recipient of multiple research and teaching awards (including Utah Governor’s Medal for Science & Technology; BYU’s Karl G. Maeser Distinguished Faculty Lecturer; American Association for Aerosol Research and International Society for Aerosols in Medicine’s Thomas T. Mercer Joint Prize; Utah Academy of Sciences, Arts, and Letters, Gardner Prize; and American College of Chest Physicians, Honorary Fellow Award).
Almost unbelievably, it is estimated that air pollution is a top ten risk factor contributing to global burden of disease. Epidemiological and related studies indicate that short-term exposure to air pollution exacerbates existing cardiovascular and pulmonary disease and increases the risk of becoming symptomatic, requiring medical attention, or even dying. Large prospective cohort studies have provided evidence that long-term repeated exposure to air pollution, especially fine particulate matter is associated with increased risk of chronic pulmonary and cardiovascular disease and death. Extrapolation of the epidemiological evidence across the global population results in estimates of approximately 3 to 7 million deaths attributed to exposure to air pollution. Given the staggering estimated health costs and the related public policy challenges, it is important, even imperative, that we understand the quantity, quality, and limitations of the evidence. This presentation will review evidence from the prospective cohort studies and evaluate its consistency, coherency, and plausibility.
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