Next week, I’ll have the exciting opportunity to spend time amongst the best and brightest air pollution scientists in the world at the 2010 AAAR “Air Pollution and Health” specialty conference in San Diego.
The conference is co-sponsored by EPA and this year the theme is “bridging the gap from sources to health outcomes”, a topic relevant to protecting human health both within the U.S. and abroad.
According to the conference website, I can expect to find “rigorous debates,” “state-of-the-art products” and “the latest information on linking adverse health effects of air pollution to emissions sources and atmospheric pollutants.”
During my 5 days navigating a sea of posters, talks, panels, and vendor fairs, I will plan to share daily photos and posts on the exciting EPA-relevant science I encounter. This is a unique opportunity to communicate up-to-the-minute information on science that is happening now.
Hot topics to look out for:
- Cardiovascular disease, asthma, and diabetes as air pollution risk factors: What underlying health problems put you at higher risk?
- Mortality and long-term particle exposure: Can pollution exposure lead to an earlier death?
- Genetics and air pollution: Is our capacity to deal with air pollution written in our DNA?
- Multi-pollutants: How can scientists study particle mixtures that contain hundreds of chemicals?
- Atmospheric transport and transformation: What happens to pollutants once they are in the air?
- Successes and challenges: Have actions to improve air quality been successful? Have there been unintended consequences?
About the Author: Becky Fried is a student contractor with EPA’s National Center for Environmental Research, part of the Office of Research and Development.