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NIEHS/EPA Children's Centers 2015 Webinar Series: Respiratory Health

Date and Time

Wednesday 10/14/2015 1:00PM to 2:30PM EDT
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Topic: Respiratory Health

Featured Speakers:

Gregory B. Diette Greg Diette
Johns Hopkins University

Presentation Title: “Childhood Asthma, Obesity and Western Diet:  Complex Interactions and Possible Solutions”

Presentation Summary: Obesity and asthma have increased in parallel in the US, while our diet has also undergone dramatic changes. We will examine the possible role of diet and obesity influences on asthma, and work that our Center is doing to unravel the relationships and find potential treatments.

Andrew H. Liu Andy Liu
National Jewish Health

Presentation Title: “Everyday Exposures to Bacterial Endotoxins and Asthma in Children”

Presentation Summary: We are surrounded by bacteria in our everyday lives. When are they harmful? Can they be helpful? What determines the difference? We we will explore the nature of bacterial environments in children with asthma, and what we have learned about these environments that might lessen the burden of asthma.

Kari Nadeau Kari Nadeau
Stanford University

Presentation Title: “Immune Mechanisms Involved in Ambient Air Pollution Exposure”

Presentation Summary: Air pollution has been linked to about seven million deaths worldwide due to asthma, stroke, COPD, cardiovascular and other diseases. One of the central features of these diseases is inflammation and a dysregulated immune system. The developing immune system in children is particularly sensitive to the effects of air pollution.  Therefore we have studied how air pollution modulates the immune system using high dimensional immune cell studies and epigenetic mechanistic methods. We will show evidence for links between epigenetic, and immune changes and disease.

Tyra Bryant-Stephens Tyra Bryant-Stephens
Discussion Moderator
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia


Childhood Asthma, Obesity and Western Diet: Complex interactions and possible solutions (PDF)(34 pp, 4 MB, 11/3/2016)

Everyday Exposure to Bacterial Endotoxins and Asthma in Children (PDF)(23 pp, 3 MB, 11/3/2016)

Towards Understanding the Immune Mechanisms of Air Pollution Associated Asthma (PDF)(24 pp, 2 MB, 11/3/2016)

Richard Callan (callan.richard@epa.gov); 703-347-8051
Nica Louie (louie.nica@epa.gov); 703-347-8125

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National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), US EPA