Lectures and seminars

Climate change, Air Pollution and Health: The use of big data in epidemiology for causal inference and implications for affecting health policy

2018-11-2913:00 to 16:00 Biomedicum 1 Lecture Hall at Karolinska Institutet Campus Solna

We invite you to an afternoon seminar aimed at providing insight and inspiration for using big data in epidemiology to assess disease risk, understand causality and impact health policy in a meaningful way. In order to attend please register via this link.


13.00 - 13.15  Welcome and Introduction                         
Petter Ljungman, Erik Melén, Karolinska Institutet

13.15 - 14.15  Exploring causality using big data in epidemiology: Examples from air pollution studies
Joel Schwartz, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, USA

14.15 – 14.45 Coffee break

14.45 – 15.45 Using national data to inform local health policy: An example from heat waves in a changing climate                       
Gregory Wellenius, Brown University, USA 

15.45 – 16.00 Concluding remarks
Petter Ljungman, Erik Melén, Karolinska Institutet


Professor Joel Schwartz from Harvard T H Chan School of Public Health is the world leading authority on health effects of air pollution and his work uncovering the cognitive effects of lead exposure from emissions from leaded gasoline was the impetus to the near-worldwide regulation of unleaded gasoline. Joel Schwartz is a widely recognized lecturer and teacher and explores new epidemiological methodologies both in class and in his research.

Associate Professor Gregory Wellenius from Brown University has a wide palette of experience and engagement in epidemiological research and teaching. He has investigated health effects from climate change, air pollution and exposures from the built-environment using large epidemiological cohorts such as the Women’s Health Initiative, the Cardiovascular Health Study cohort in addition to the Onset study at Harvard. He is a repeated contributing author to integrative scientific assessments commissioned by the US Environmental Protection Agency, work that has strong bearing on environmental health policy.


If you have any questions please contact Petter Ljungman or Erik Melén