Pollution: The Harmful Agents Impacting Your Health

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Pollution has an effect on more than just the environment, and the impact on our health may be surprising. Experts from the University of Michigan School of Public Health discuss the particular effects that noise, air, and plastic pollution can have on our health.

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In This Episode

John MeekerJohn Meeker

Professor of Environmental Health Sciences and Associate Dean for Research at the University of Michigan School of Public Health

John Meeker’s work is wide-ranging, and focuses on defining sources, magnitudes and consequences of human exposure to environmental and occupational contaminants, as well as identifying and evaluating strategies to control harmful exposures. Much of his current research involves human exposure science and reproductive and developmental epidemiology studies of known or suspected endocrine disrupting chemicals, such as phthalates, BPA, pesticides, flame retardants, and others. Learn more.


Rick NeitzelRick Neitzel

Associate Professor of Environmental Health Sciences at the University of Michigan School of Public Health

Rick Neitzel is an exposure scientist whose research focuses on the characterization of exposures to noise, heavy metals and other ototoxins, psychosocial stressors, and injury risk factors, as well as a range of adverse health effects associated with these exposures. He is particularly interested in incorporating new methodologies and exposure sensing technologies into research, and also has a strong interest in translating his research findings into occupational and public health practice. Learn more.


Sara AdarSara Adar

Associate Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Michigan School of Public Health

Sara Adar’s research focuses on the human health effects of air pollution, with a growing interest in identifying intervention strategies reduce exposures and improve health. She has served as an expert panelist for the Environmental Protection Agency and World Health Organization, including participation in the development of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards for particulate matter and sulfur oxides.
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