The Surprising Effects of Exposure to Air Pollution

Everyone knows that air pollution affects the lungs. But how much do you know about the impact it has on the cardiovascular system?

Discover some of the lesser-known, more surprising effects of traffic pollution when Dr. Sverre Vedal presents the 2014 Joseph V Scaletti Catalyst Lecture at noon on Friday April 4 2014 at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine.

Dr. Vedal directs the University of Washington Center for Clean Air Research (UW CCAR) a multi-institutional center focused on the cardiovascular health effects of near-roadway pollution, defined as a complex mixture of components that come from vehicle emissions and the road surface, which vary with the age of the road surface, atmospheric conditions, and photochemical reactions.

Professor of Occupational and Environmental Health Sciences and Adjunct Professor of General Internal Medicine at the University of Washington, Dr. Vedal has an MD from the University of Colorado School of Medicine, a master’s in epidemiology from Harvard, and bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

ScalettiPoster-2014_1Dr. Vedal has published research linking air pollution to hardening of the arteries, directs the Center for Clean Air Research, served as a member of the EPA Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC), currently serves as a member of CASAC panels for particulate matter and ozone and the NIH Infectious, Reproductive, Asthma and Pulmonary Conditions (IRAP) Study Section, and sees patients in the Occupational and Environmental Medicine Clinic at Harborview Medical Center.

In 2011, Dr Vedal was invited to present the Distinguished Faculty Lecture at the University of Washington School of Public Health; the title of that talk was Air Pollution: Can it really be that bad for us?

Each year, the Joseph V. Scaletti Catalyst Lecture features an individual, institution, or idea responsible for accelerating the rate of positive change and forward progress in the areas of biomedical research, healthcare education, or healthcare delivery. In recognition of his work as a practicing physician, a biomedical researcher, and an active advocate for quantifying the impact of environmental pollutants on human health, Dr. Sverre Vedal has been invited to present this year’s Joseph V Scaletti Catalyst Lecture.


Friday, April 4, 2014
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Domenici Center Auditorium
University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center

The Joseph V. Scaletti Catalyst Lecture: A Public Forum for Envisioning the Future of Biomedical Research and Innovative Models for Healthcare Education and Delivery

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