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Special Epidemiology Seminar
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
3:30 pm to 4:50 pm
Health Sciences K-069

"Advances in Environmental Epidemiology: Lessons from the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis and Air Pollution"



Joel D.Kaufman, MD, MPH

Professor, Env. and Occ. Health Sciences (primary department), Epidemiology and Internal Medicine
Director, Occupational and Environmental Medicine Program
Attending Physician, UW Medicine – Roosevelt Clinic


Dr. Kaufman is a physician-epidemiologist, and Professor in the Departments of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences, General Internal Medicine, and Epidemiology. He is the director of the Occupational and Environmental Medicine Program, in both the School of Public Health and the School of Medicine. His current research is primarily focused on environmental factors in cardiovascular and respiratory disease, and emphasizes interaction between epidemiology, environmental exposure assessment, toxicology, statistics, and clinical sciences. He is the principal investigator of a major epidemiological prospective cohort study of air pollution and cardiovascular disease (The Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis and Air Pollution, or “MESA Air”). He is also principal investigator of an NIH P50 Specialized Center for Research on Cardiovascular Disease and Traffic-Related Air Pollution.


Environmental epidemiology has seen a transition from ecological study designs to much more sophisticated approaches. This talk will describe the application of advanced individual-level exposure assessment and outcome measurement to studying the potential relationship between air pollution and cardiovascular disease. In describing the MESA Air project, Dr. Kaufman will also discuss the role of environmental epidemiology in the framework of translational research.

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Updated on December 12, 2012