Interdisciplinary Global Environmental Health Collaborations

Through October 30, 2018
UChicago Center in Delhi

Oct. 29

Energy poverty causes half of the world’s population, and up to 95 percent of households in low to middle income countries (LMIC), to use solid fuels including biomass and coal, to meet their energy needs. Use of these fuels generates household air pollution (HAP) comprised of toxic pollutants including hazardous particles, and toxic gases. High concentrations of HAP from solid fuel smoke have been associated with a wide variety of adverse health consequences, resulting in an estimated 3.5 million premature deaths and 110 million disability-adjusted life years (DALYs) annually.

This workshop seeks to convene academics from the University of Chicago and global partners from India and Bangladesh, coming from diverse sectors of policy, economics, behavior science, climate research, and medicine, to identify and create innovative solutions to build engines for better health and a cleaner environment. Progress toward this global public health effort has been slow, and this workshop will address the lack of an interdisciplinary approach to identifying effective solutions.

Through a University of Chicago Center in Delhi workshop, we aim to leverage institutional and international strengths to develop partnerships with local stakeholders, decision makers, and service delivery partners, to discuss adverse effects of environmental exposures, and to create interdisciplinary solutions to these complex problems.

Using HAP as a unifying theme, this 2-day workshop will convene experts whose work addresses the important interplay between climate change and the indoor environment and: (1) respiratory disease via effects on the nasal and lung microbiome; (2) child and maternal health outcomes; (3) economics; (4) cardio-pulmonary and immune function outcomes; (5) and epigenetics and resultant chronic non-communicable diseases. We anticipate that the workshop will spur collaborative initiatives to mitigate health and environmental challenges caused by HAP.

This event is by invitation only.