Air Pollution, Fetal Growth, and Early Childhood Development: An Update from the UGAAR study
November 5, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Evidence gathered over the past several decades leaves little doubt that air pollution is major threat to the health of children and adults around the world. More recently, studies have suggested that the negative impacts of air pollution may begin even before birth and that air pollution can affect nearly every system in the body. In 2014, Dr. Allen and his collaborators at the Mongolian National University of Medical Sciences launched the Ulaanbaatar Gestation and Air Pollution Research (UGAAR) study. This ongoing study is evaluating relationships between air pollution exposure during pregnancy, fetal growth, and early childhood development. In this presentation, Dr. Allen will briefly summarize the latest evidence linking air pollution with human health, before describing the UGAAR study and its results to date.
About the presenter: Dr. Ryan Allen
He is an associate professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University in Canada. He holds a Master’s degree in environmental engineering and a PhD in environmental health, both from the University of Washington. Dr. Allen’s research focuses on air pollution, with particular interest in exposure assessment methods, the evaluation of interventions to reduce air pollution exposures and health effects, and the impacts of early-life air pollution exposure on human growth and development. He has been working in Mongolia since 2010 in close collaboration with colleagues at the Mongolian National University of Medical Sciences. Since 2014, Dr. Allen has co-led the Ulaanbaatar Gestation and Air Pollution Research (UGAAR) study, a randomized controlled trial of portable air cleaner use during pregnancy, fetal growth, and childhood development.