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Free lecture: The health challenges of air pollution - the need for action

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Pollution is the largest environmental cause of disease and death in the world today. It is responsible for 9 million premature deaths each year, the majority of which are caused by air pollution.


Although we can’t see, smell or taste it, outdoor air pollution is contributing to the deaths of 40,000 people a year in the UK – more than almost all other western European countries. Outdoor air pollution has been linked to cancer, asthma, stroke and heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and changes associated with dementia.


In this lecture, Professor Stephen Holgate will explain what we can all do to make the air we breathe safer and how we can minimise our exposure to pollutants. As a matter of urgency, we need to influence central and local government to create a joined up approach to reduce emissions, as well as assume personal responsibility to clean up the air. Not only for our benefit, but for our children and grandchildren.


Professor Stephen Holgate, University of Southampton


Professor Stephen Holgate is Medical Research Council (MRC) clinical professor of immunopharmacology at the University of Southampton with a research interest in the mechanisms of asthma and allergy and over 1,000 peer-reviewed publications. He is a special adviser to the Royal College of Physicians on air quality.

Professor Holgate chaired the UK government committee on the medical effects of air pollutants, the expert panel on air quality standards, the hazardous substances advisory committee and was a member of the royal commission on environmental pollution.


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6pm Arrival and refreshments
6.30pm Lecture starts
7.30pm Lecture finishes


This is a FREE lecture open to all, both medical professionals and members of the general public.

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