About this event

  • Date and time Tue 30 Mar 2021 from 6:00pm to 7:00pm
  • Location Online

Discover the role of health professionals in the climate change emergency.

View our climate change resources page to learn more and to watch this episode. 

This second episode of the Health emergency of climate change series will look at the devastating impact of climate change on respiratory health.

New research released this year estimated that air pollution from fossil fuels caused 8.7 million deaths in 2018 - one in five of all deaths worldwide. But climate change’s impact on respiratory health extends beyond fossil fuels and air pollution, with warming temperatures also causing an increase in aeroallergens like pollen and spores, and further aggravating asthma and other respiratory conditions.

To discuss these issues we will be joined by Professor Frank Kelly, Professor of Community Health and Policy at Imperial College London, Dr Kalpana BalakrishnanDirector of the Indian Council of Medical Research, Center for Advanced Research on Air Quality, Climate and Health, and Dr Arvind Kumar, Thoracic Surgeon, Chairman of the Institute of Chest Surgery, Chest Onco Surgery and Lung Transplantation, Medanta Hospital India.

Following presentations on air quality and its impact on health, the RSM Respiratory Section will lead a discussion on the issues raised and ask what health professionals can do to help combat the effects of climate change.

During this webinar speakers will:

  • Describe the physical impacts of climate change and the effects of air quality on respiratory health  
  • Demonstrate the impact of air pollution on public health and the clinical implications  
  • Demonstrate how healthcare professionals can mitigate the adverse respiratory health effects of climate change and air pollution 

In this 10-part Health emergency of climate change series, experts from across the health community will unite to address the impact that climate change is having on human health. His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales will be recording a message to introduce this important series. By positioning health and wellbeing at the centre of the climate change discussion, the Royal Society of Medicine will give healthcare professionals the opportunity to understand the links between climate change and health and recognise how they can help combat climate change and its effects.

Do you have a question for our panelists? If so, please submit your questions here and they will be answered during the webinar.

We would like to thank Michael Rapp for his generous support enabling free access to this webinar series. This webinar has free CPD accreditation

A CPD certificate with 1 CPD credit will be issued to those joining the webinar live as well as those who watch the recording afterwards on-demand through Zoom. Certificates will be issued 7 days after the webinar to those who watch it live and after 30 days for those that watch the recording on-demand through Zoom. No CPD points will be issued to those who watch the recording on YouTube.

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Key speakers

Professor Frank Kelly

Professor Frank Kelly

Professor of Community Health and Policy at Imperial College London

Speaker's biography

Professor Kelly holds the Humphrey Battcock Chair in Environmental Health at Imperial College London, where he is Director of the Environmental Research Group, Director of the NIHR Health Protection Research Unit on Environment and Health and Deputy Director of the MRC-PHE Centre for Environment & Health.

Professor Kelly leads a substantial research activity that spans all aspects of air pollution research from toxicology to science policy. He has led studies of the urban airshed within London including the impact of the introduction of London’s Congestion Charging Zone and Low Emission Zone.  He is past Chairman of the British Association for Lung Research and he has provided policy support to the WHO on air pollution issues He has chaired COMEAP, the UK’s Department of Health & Social Care Expert Committee on the Medical Effects of Air Pollutants for the last 9 years and he is a member of the US Health Effects Institute Review Committee.

Kalpana Balakrishnan

Dr Kalpana Balakrishnan

Dean (Research), Director, World Health Organization Collaborating Center for Occupational and Environmental Health, SRU-ICMR Centre for Advanced Research on Air Quality, Climate and Health, Department of Environmental Health Engineering, Faculty of Public Health, Sri Ramachandra Institute for Higher Education and Research, Porur, Chennai, India

Speaker's biography

Dr. Kalpana Balakrishnan obtained her undergraduate degree from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, and subsequently her doctoral and post-doctoral training at the Johns Hopkins University, USA.

She is a leading global environmental health scientist in India, spearheading research and academic efforts in the areas of health effects of air pollution and chemical risk assessment. Her primary scientific contributions are centered on (i) developing novel exposure assessment approaches to characterize the complex exposures experienced by rural and urban populations in LMICs and (ii) designing and conducting strategic epidemiological investigations in India to catalyze policy-level actions by leveraging across the national and global pools of evidence.

She has published extensively meriting an H-Index of 51 and more than 50,000 citations to her credit. In 2020, she was ranked among the top 2% of scientists in the field of General and Internal Medicine in an independent study conducted by Stanford University.

She has contributed to several national and international technical assessments concerned with air quality including the Global Burden of Disease and Comparative Risk Assessments, The IARC Monographs, The Global Energy Assessments, The World Health Organisation Air Quality Guidelines and India State-level Burden of Disease Initiative. She is also a Fellow of the National Academy Of Medical Sciences, India. 

She currently serves as a member of the National Steering Committee on Air Pollution Related Issues for Health Effects for the Ministry of Health Govt. of India and the Indian Council for Medical Research led National Task Force for assessment of the impact of initiatives to promote clean household energy.

Dr Arvind Kumar

Thoracic Surgeon, Chairman of the Institute of Chest Surgery, Chest Onco Surgery and Lung Transplantation, Medanta Hospital India

Agenda

View the programme 30 March 2021

Welcome and introduction

Dr. Neeraj Shah, President, Respiratory Medicine Section

How climate change is affecting the air we breathe

Professor Frank Kelly, Professor of Community Health and Policy at Imperial College London

Dr Kalpana Balakrishnan, Dean (Research), Director, World Health Organization Collaborating Center for Occupational and Environmental Health, SRU-ICMR Centre for Advanced Research on Air Quality, Climate and Health, Department of Environmental Health Engineering, Faculty of Public Health, Sri Ramachandra Institute for Higher Education and Research, Porur, Chennai, India

Dr Arvind Kumar, Thoracic Surgeon, Chairman of the Institute of Chest Surgery, Chest Onco Surgery and Lung Transplantation, Medanta Hospital India

Question time

Panel discussion lead by Dr Sachin Ananth, Trainee Representative, Respiratory Medicine Section and Dr Akanksha Mimi Malhotra, Vice President, Respiratory Medicine Section

Closing remarks

Location

Online

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Disclaimer:All views expressed in this webinar are of the speakers themselves and not of the RSM nor the speaker's organisations. 

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