Clinician Scientist to Present Lecture on ‘Victories in Public Health’

Clinician Scientist to Present Lecture on ‘Victories in Public Health’

3/29/16 ASHLAND, Ohio – Clinician scientist Dr. Bruce Lanphear will present a lecture titled “Victories in Public Health: Progress or Adaptation?” on Tuesday, April 5, at 7:30 p.m. in the Trustees' Room of the Myers Convocation Center on the Ashland University campus.

The lecture is the next event in the Ashland University College of Arts and Sciences’ biennial Symposium Against Indifference. The theme for this year’s series is “Environmental Sustainability.” The event, which is free and open to the public, is co-sponsored by the Ashland University Dwight Schar College of Nursing and Health Sciences.

Americans have an unwavering belief that biomedical technology will solve our health problems. This belief is fueled by successful technologies, like vaccines, as well as the profit motive. Paradoxically, many innovative technologies of the past, such as smoking, motor vehicles and guns are killing people today. Using common diseases like heart disease, childhood leukemia, ADHD and autism as case studies, Lanphear will set up a forum to dialogue about:
                • whether our ultimate goal should be to search for the cause or the cure;
                • whether people should be more strategic about the types of technologies that are embraced.

Lanphear, MD, MPH, is a senior scientist at the Child & Family Research Institute at British Columbia Children’s Hospital and professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver.

His primary research has been on quantifying and preventing the adverse consequences of low-level lead toxicity. The long-term goal of his research is to prevent common diseases and disabilities in children, such as asthma and ADHD. To quantify the contribution of risk factors, he tests various ways to measure children’s exposures to environmental toxicants using novel biomarkers measured during pregnancy and early childhood. Lanphear also designs experimental trials to test the efficacy of reducing children’s exposures to environmental hazards on asthma symptoms and behavioral problems.

Ashland University, ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2016, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University (www.ashland.edu) values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students.                                                                                ###

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