Lung disease, heart disease, stroke, dementia and learning difficulties have been associated with different forms of air pollution including gasses and particulate matter. It is a difficult policy area because there is an economic and social cost to tackling it, so there is a tradeoff.
This lecture will consider the evidence for different forms of air pollution causing diseases, and outline some of the potential solutions.
No reservations are required for this lecture. It will be run on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.
Doors will open 30 minutes before the start of the lecture.
Christopher Whitty CB FMedSci is Visiting Professor of Public Health at Gresham College. He is also Professor of Public and International Health at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM); Chief Scientific Adviser at the Department of Health; leads the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR); consultant physician at University College London Hospitals (UCLH) and the Hospital for Tropical Diseases. He was previously Chief Scientific Adviser at the UK Department for International Development (DFID).
Professor Whitty worked as a clinician and in public health research in the UK, Africa and Asia. He undertook his postgraduate training in epidemiology, economics and medical law. He chairs UK Clinical Research Collaboration and was previously chair of the UK Advisory Committee on Dangerous Pathogens and the National Expert Panel on New and Emerging Infections.
As Visiting Gresham Professor of Public Health, Professor Whitty is delivering an ongoing series of lectures on Bold Ideas in Medicine.