The cleaner the air in Ireland, the longer we’ll live

Harvard expert to deliver lecture in DIT on health benefits of improving air quality

June 21st, 2012: Professor Douglas Dockery of Harvard University will deliver a public lecture on the health benefits of improving air quality. The lecture will take place next Wednesday, 27th June at 6.00pm in the Gleeson Theatre, DIT Kevin Street.

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Entitled “Clean Air – the Continuing Public Health Challenge” the lecture will discuss Professor Dockery’s published research that shows that the cleaner the air you breathe, the longer you will live.  The lecture is open to the public and free of charge.

Professor Dockery is internationally known for his innovative work in understanding the relationship between air pollution and respiratory and cardiovascular disease and its role in mortality and morbidity. For over 30 years Dockery has studied links between air pollution and health issues.  He was one of the principal investigators of the landmark US Six Cities Study of Air Pollution and Health, which showed that people living in communities with higher levels of fine particulate air pollution had shorter life expectancies.

Professor Dockery is currently evaluating the benefits of improved air quality on people’s health in Ireland.  Dockery is collaborating with the Dublin Institute of Technology and Dublin City Council on the EPA-funded STRIVE project, Evaluation of the Effect of Solid Fuel Burning on Ambient Air Quality in Ireland.  The project will increase the evidence base to inform better public policy.

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