Public debate over the quality of Delhi's air reliably spikes every winter, along with the readings from air quality monitors. However, public discussion tends to rapidly taper off, even as the air quality remains consistently bad.
The Initiative on Climate, Energy and Environment (ICEE) at the Centre for Policy Research (CPR) is organising a seminar series - Clearing the Air? Seminar Series on Delhi's Air Pollution - to promote sustained and informed public understanding around the data, impacts, sources and policy challenges involved in clearing Delhi's air. While we will focus on the Delhi context, the series will also reflect the fact that the problem extends far beyond Delhi. The seminar series will present the work of experts in a range of areas, to help promote informed public discussion about what changes are needed, what is possible, and how to get it done. Clearing the air in terms of knowledge and public information, we hope, will make a small contribution toward actually clearing Delhi's air.
About the talk:
Clinicians, health experts and researchers from leading public health and clinical institutes will be discussing the effects of air pollution on important health outcomes such as cardiovascular diseases, respiratory diseases and cancer. This panel will discuss biological pathways and the evidence on these health effects coming from global evidence as well as in low- and middle-income country settings like India.
About the Panelists:
Professor D. Prabhakaran is a cardiologist and epidemiologist by training. He is an internationally renowned researcher and is currently the Vice President- Research & Policy, Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI), Executive Director of Centre for Chronic Disease Control, New Delhi, India and Professor (Epidemiology) London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK. He heads the Centre for Control of Chronic Conditions at PHFI which is a joint initiative of four leading institutions (PHFI, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, All India Institute of Medical Sciences and Emory University). His work spans from mechanistic research to understand the causes for increased propensity of cardiovascular diseases (CVD) among Indians, to developing solutions for CVD through translational research and human resource development.
Dr. Raj Kumar is the Director of Vallabhhai Patel Chest Institute, University of Delhi. Professor Raj Kumar did his M.B.B.S. in 1984 from Maulana Azad Medical College & Assoc. LNJP, GB Pant Hospital, New Delhi and MD (Tuberculosis & Respiratory Diseases) in 1995 from VP Chest Institute, University of Delhi, Delhi. Dr Raj Kumar has research interests in clinical allergy with special reference to food allergy in bronchial asthma, rhinitis, fungal allergy and other respiratory diseases. He has over 20 years of experience with diagnostic & therapeutic modalities in management of respiratory diseases. He has special interest in diagnostic Bronchoscopy.
Dr. Preet K. Dhillon has a background in global cancer epidemiology and experience from several organizations in the US and India. She is a trained Epidemiologist who has worked on cancer and other NCD’s as a Senior Research Scientist and Associate Professor at PHFI’s Centre for Chronic Conditions & Injuries and Centre for Environmental Health where she is involved in scientific research, management, teaching, mentorship and capacity building.
Bhargav Krishna manages the Centre for Environmental Health at the Public Health Foundation of India, a role which involves coordinating the Foundation’s work on environmental health, leading engagements with the government, corporate sector, multilateral and bilateral agencies. He was the technical lead for an online course on public health and sustainable development launched by PHFI in collaboration with the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network, and has also contributed to work with the central and state governments on Air Pollution, Climate Change, and Universal Health Coverage.
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