UCSF Fresno Addresses Air Pollution and Climate Change at First Annual Symposium

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FRESNO – Air in the San Joaquin Valley is some of the most polluted in the United States.  While everyone is harmed by air pollution, older citizens, those with heart and lung disease and children among others are most at risk. In fact, one out of six children in the San Joaquin Valley has asthma. In addition, as climate change continues, so will the risks to human health, according to a recent report<https://health2016.globalchange.gov/> by the Obama Administration.  Worsening asthma and allergy conditions, premature deaths due to extreme heat and increased water-related illnesses are among the health impacts linked to climate change.

To address these concerns, UCSF Fresno’s Department of Internal Medicine and Community Medical Centers will present the first Air Pollution and Climate Change Symposium from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 23, at the UCSF Fresno Center for Medical Education and Research, located at 155 N. Fresno St. in downtown Fresno. Parking is available in the UCSF Fresno lot with access on Illinois St.

“The San Joaquin Valley, with an estimated population of 4 million, has been the epicenter of the worst air pollution indices in the U.S. for several decades,” said Jose Joseph Vempilly, MD, UCSF Professor of Clinical Medicine, Director of the Asthma Education Program and Director of Respiratory Care at UCSF Fresno. “Unfortunately, the population taking the brunt of air pollution is from poor socioeconomic status, especially if they live close to highways. People who live near areas with high traffic density experienced the highest number of emergency room visits for respiratory-related illness.”

“The adverse effects of air pollution on maternal-child health, aging, cardiovascular,
pulmonary, dermatological and neurological health in adults and their risk for cancer have been increasing progressively,” added Daya Upadhyay, MD, UCSF Associate Clinical Professor, Lung Nodule Program Medical Director and Director of Translational Research at UCSF Fresno.

Experts from UCSF Fresno, UC Davis, American Lung Association of California, New York University, San Joaquin Valley Unified Air Pollution Control District and University of Washington will discuss the following:
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*        State of the air in the San Joaquin Valley over the past decade

*        Cities with the best and worst air quality in the U.S.

*        Impact of air pollution on airway diseases and systemic diseases

*        Climate change and its effects on human health

*        Consequences of climate change over the next century

*        Solutions for reducing the burden of global air pollution

For more information about the symposium, please call (559) 499-6421 or email msozhinho@fresno.ucsf.edu<mailto:msozhinho@fresno.ucsf.edu>.  Continuing medical education credit is available. Registration is $50. Registration is available online at: www.fresno.ucsf.edu/conferences/air2016<http://www.fresno.ucsf.edu/conferences/air2016>

About UCSF Fresno: UCSF Fresno Medical Education Program, established in 1975, plays a substantial role in providing health care to residents of California’s San Joaquin Valley and training medical professionals in the region. UCSF Fresno is the San Joaquin Valley’s largest physician training program. Annually, UCSF Fresno currently trains approximately 250 medical residents (medical school graduates who are training under senior faculty physicians prior to practicing on their own) in eight specialties, 10 oral and maxillofacial surgery dental residents, 50 medical fellows (physicians who are completing training beyond residency) in 17 subspecialties and about 300 medical students (students in the process of earning medical degrees) on a rotating basis. One-third of the physicians trained by UCSF Fresno stay in the region to provide UCSF care in the Valley. Thanks to the expertise of faculty physicians at UCSF Fresno, in many cases, travel outside of the region is no longer necessary for patients seeking specialty medical care.  UCSF Fresno faculty and medical residents engage in a broad spectrum of research addressing health issues pertinent to the Valley. UCSF Fresno faculty and residents also care for the overwhelming majority of the region’s underserved populations. In addition, UCSF Fresno helps prepare middle, high school and college students for careers in health and medicine through a variety of pipeline programs.  Please visitwww.fresno.ucsf.edu<http://www.fresno.ucsf.edu/>

About UCSF: UCSF is a leading university dedicated to transforming health worldwide through advanced biomedical research, graduate-level education in the life sciences and health professions, and excellence in patient care. Founded in 1864 as a medical college, UCSF now includes top-ranked graduate schools of dentistry, medicine, nursing and pharmacy; a graduate division with world-renowned programs in the biological sciences, a preeminent biomedical research enterprise and top-tier hospitals, UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals. Please visit www.ucsf.edu/news<http://www.ucsf.edu/news>.

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