Pollutants and Prevention Lecture

Event Dates: 

Unleashing the Power of Prevention by Targeting Environmental Exposures to Toxic Chemicals and Pollutants

Bruce Lanphear, MD, MPH
Clinician Scientist , BC Children’s Research Institute
Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, British Columbia


7:00-8:00 p.m.
DeLuca Forum - Discovery Building
330 N Orchard Street


Over the past 50 years, major causes of common death, disease and disability, like cancer, heart disease, lung disease and brain-based disorders, have been identified. In 2015, an estimated 9 million deaths - 16% of all deaths worldwide were due to pollution – three times more deaths than AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria combined. Many more are due to asbestos, tobacco, motor vehicle injuries, toxic chemicals and other preventable causes. Yet we continue to invest the vast majority of our health dollars on treatment and a never-ending, elusive search for cures. Using three videos, Dr. Lanphear will show how our health is inextricably linked with the environment and illuminate key concepts that are essential to prevent disease and disability.

Bruce Lanphear, MD, MPH, is a Clinician Scientist at the BC Children’s Research Institute and a Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, British Columbia. Over the past decade, Dr. Lanphear has become increasingly vexed by our inability to control the “pandemic of consumption” – the largely preventable, worldwide epidemic of chronic disease and disability due to widespread exposure to industrial pollutants, environmental contaminants and excess consumption. He is leading an effort to produce videos to enhance public understanding of how our health is inextricably linked with the environment and elevate efforts to prevent disease.    

Presented in Partnership with:

Wisconsin Environmental Health Network

Physicians for Sociial Repsonsibility Wisconsin