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SERtalks – NIH

Marc G. Weisskopf, ScD, PhD
Cecil K. and Philip Drinker Professor of Environmental Epidemiology and Physiology
Departments of Environmental Health and Epidemiology
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Devon Payne-Sturges, DrPH, MPH, MEngr
Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health
University of Maryland School of Public Health

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Onsite and Live-Stream Available!

“Air pollution and neurodevelopment: Translating from biology to epidemiology to policy”


November 14, 2019
9:00am – 12:00pm
6710B Rockledge Drive
Room: 1425
Bethesda, MD 20817
Registration is free of charge courtesy of NICHD.

Evidence is growing on the adverse neurodevelopmental effects of exposure to combustion-related air pollution.

Dr. Marc Weisskopf will first discuss relevant biology relating to brain development and potential effects of air pollution on this process. He will then talk about the associations of peri-pregnancy air pollution with risk of autism in the child, highlighting epidemiological methods biases which limit causal inference.

Following this talk, Dr. Devon Payne-Sturges will present policy recommendations put forth by Project TENDR (Targeting Environmental Neurodevelopmental Risks), a unique collaboration of leading scientists, health professionals, and children’s and environmental advocates. These recommendations would maintain and strengthen federal environmental health protections, advance state and local actions, and support scientific research to inform policy.

Together, these speakers will present a cohesive overview of where the science stands on air pollution and child neurodevelopment, as well as policy actions important for improving neurodevelopment which have the notable co-benefit of climate change mitigation.