Jon Samet from USC visits on March 24th

Air Pollution and Health: A Never-ending Story – Jonathan Samet, MD, MS
·         March 24, 2014
·         10:00am – 11:05am
Join us for a Global Health Exchange lecture, sponsored by DGHI. This event is free and open to the public so please spread the word to your colleagues and friends.
Samet collaborates with DGHI faculty Jim Zhang on a paper tentatively titled Chinese haze versus Western smog: What can history teach us? The manuscript focuses on comparison of the Chinese haze with historical sulphurous smog and photochemical smog, and lessons learned from Western countries in reducing the frequency and severity of smog episodes. The paper is invited by Journal of Thoracic Disease.
About the lecture:
Air pollution is a well-studied threat to public health. Historic disasters of the past, like the London Fog of 1952, motivated air pollution control in many high-income countries. Yet, in those countries, air pollution continues to harm public health and at the same time, the world’s mega-cities, particularly in Asia, face worsening pollution that now approaches levels associated with past disasters.
About the speaker:
Jonathan M. Samet, M.D., M.S. is Distinguished Professor and Flora L. Thornton Chair of the Department of Preventive Medicine at the USC Keck School of Medicine of USC and Director, USC Institute for Global Health. He is trained in internal medicine and pulmonary diseases and also in epidemiology. Dr. Samet’s research has addressed active and passive smoking and the effects of inhaled pollutants in the general environment, both indoors and outdoors, and in the workplace. He chairs the FDA Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee and is a member of the Institute of Medicine.