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How air pollution impacts our brains

February 27th @ 1:00 pm - 1:50 pm

The air we breathe has a direct impact on our brain. Mounting evidence links air pollution exposure to increased risk for cognitive decline and neurodegenerative conditions, including Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Poor air quality — both indoors and outdoors — also profoundly impacts our mental health, increasing risk for anxiety and depression. With the World Health Organization estimating that 99% of the global population is exposed to unhealthy levels of air pollutants, what can be done to improve air quality and brain health? Our expert panel will break down the latest findings and provide recommendations on policy changes for cleaner air. 

Register for free to submit your questions.   

An on-demand video will be posted after the event. 


Joseph Allen, Associate Professor of Exposure Assessment Science and Director, Harvard Healthy Buildings Program, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Maite Arce, President and CEO, Hispanic Access Foundation 

Francesca Dominici, Clarence James Gamble Professor of Biostatistics, Population, and Data Science, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

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


Sabrina Shankman, Reporter, The Boston Globe


Date: February 27th
Time: 1:00 pm - 1:50 pm
Calendars: Public Events, School-wide Events, University-wide Events


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