The Energy and Environment Policy Group hosts Professor Isabella Annesi-Maesano, Research Director at INSERM, heading the Department of Epidemiology of Allergic and Respiratory Disease. She is a professor of environmental epidemiology and is a member of several national and international advisory committees on respiratory medicine and environmental health, as well as the author and co-author of almost 200 international and national peer-reviewed articles, books and scientific reports.
Changes in climate constitute a reality that, according to recent projections, is going to worsen in the coming years. Climate change represents a massive threat to respiratory health: 1) by directly promoting or aggravating respiratory diseases; or 2) by increasing exposure to risk factors for respiratory diseases. Climate change increases the amount of pollen count and allergen produced by each plant, mold proliferation and the concentrations of outdoor ozone and particulate matter at ground level. The main diseases of concern are asthma, rhinosinusitis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and respiratory tract infections. Groups at higher risk of climate change respiratory effects include susceptible individuals (children, elderly, pregnant women, patients with pre-existing cardiopulmonary diseases) or vulnerable individuals (disadvantaged individuals that are excessively exposed to environmental hazards and/or have less access to health care, workers employed in some occupations…).
Many thanks to Dana Powers and Cara Maesano (Isabella’s daughter-in-law), Chairs of this Policy Group for organizing the event. Refreshments served.
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