Wednesday, March 5 | 10:55 AM - 12:10 PM
Almost 160 million persons live in areas of the United States that exceed federal health-based air pollution standards. The two air pollutants that most commonly exceed standards are ozone and particulate matter, which can harm anyone if levels are sufficiently elevated, but health risk from air pollution is greatest among vulnerable populations. Both ozone and particulate matter can cause pulmonary inflammation, decreased lung function, and exacerbation of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Particulate matter is also strongly associated with increased cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. Children, and other vulnerable persons may be sensitive to lower levels of air pollution.
Sam Soret, PhD, MPH
School of Public Health, Loma Linda University
"Exploring Respiratory Health Risks Near A Major Goods Movement Hub: The ENRICH Study" | ABSTRACT
Dr. Soret is Associate Dean for Public Health Practice and Executive Director of the Center for Community Resilience at Loma Linda University School of Public Health. He has a broad background in public health and over 20 years of experience as an environmental health scientist, medical geographer and a spatial analyst. His research has focused on the application of geospatial technologies and methods for enhancing public health science and policy. He possesses ample research experience as a co-investigator of the longstanding NIH-funded Adventist Health and Smog (AHSMOG) Study as well of the School’s CDC-funded Center for Public Health Preparedness.
He has also conducted research on the geographic disparities in access to renal transplantation in the United States. He is currently Co-Principal Investigator of the Environmental Railyard Research Impacting Community Health (ENRRICH) Study, which focuses on the assessment of health effects associated with residential proximity to goods movement facilities in an environmental justice community of inland Southern California. He is also pursuing research on the potential enhanced susceptibility of kidney transplant recipients to community air pollution. He has recently concluded participation as a research core team member in a national study funded by HRSA aimed at characterizing the deceased donor potential in the United States.
Kim Otsuka, MD
Pulmonologist, Loma Linda University Children's Hospital
Dr. Kimberly Otsuka is an assistant professor of pediatrics in the Section of pediatric allergy/immunology and pulmonology. She joined the faculty at Loma Linda School of Medicine in 2008. Dr. Otsuka obtained her M.D. degree from the John A. Burns School of Medicine in Hawaii and she completed her pediatric residency, pulmonology fellowship, and Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award at the University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ. She is currently the Loma Linda Affiliate Program Cystic Fibrosis Center Director. Main areas of Interest for Dr. Otsuka are chronic lung disease, asthma, and cystic fibrosis.