UNC Center for Environmental Health and Susceptibility
Researchers in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and the UNC Institute for the Environment led a study which found that previous research may have underestimated premature mortality due to particulate matter from traffic emissions. The study, published online Feb. 28 in Risk Analysis, utilizes a novel modeling technique and is the first to quantify the potential error in estimating on-road particulate matter mortality in previous models.
Traffic-related air pollutants can have an adverse impact upon people’s health, including decreased lung function, coronary heart disease, asthma, thrombosis and tuberculosis. From a public health perspective, it is therefore important to understand the burden of disease due to exposure to such pollutants.
Hurricane Matthew caused record flooding in North Carolina, not only resulting in an estimated $1.5 billion in damage and displacing thousands of residents from their homes, but also creating medium- and long-term public health impacts. With issues of adverse mental health effects, waterborne diseases, and respiratory illnesses, it is important to create a plan for local agencies and residents to address impacts of future floods and disasters.
As a result, a team of SPH researchers and graduate students, led by Dr. Larry Engel, aim to provide local public health professionals and state decision makers with a curated web-based resource that can be used to prioritize and target community-level interventions in affected communities.
The UNC Center for Environmental Health and Susceptibility (CEHS) announces that Dr. Melissa Troester assumed the role of Director effective on April 1. Troester is a Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and a Research Professor in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine.
She is leader of the Cancer Epidemiology program in the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, and has held leadership roles in the CEHS since 2010, including Director of the Integrated Health Sciences Facility Core, Pilot Projects Director, and most recently, Deputy Director.
Dr. Troester is grateful to Dr. Jim Swenberg for his many years of leadership of the Center, and looks forward to working with him during the transition.