In this presentation, the public health impacts of biomass combustions emissions are summarized. The physical and chemical properties of constituents of these emissions are briefly described, and potential health impacts identified. Results from relevant recent epidemiologic research are also presented and summarized.
Bio: Dr. Yanosky’s research interests focus on the statistical modeling of air pollutant concentrations, including fine and coarse mode particulate matter, ozone, nitrogen oxides, ultrafine particles, carbon monoxide, and other pollutants, in order to better understand both acute (short-term) and chronic (long-term) human exposures and their impacts on human health. He is currently developing GIS-based spatio-temporal statistical models of air pollutant concentrations that can be used to improve understanding of the relationship between chronic air pollution exposure and several aspects of human health, including incidence rates of cardiovascular disease, stroke, lung cancer, and other endpoints. Dr. Yanosky is also interested in modeling air pollutant emissions from traffic and the impacts of traffic-related air pollution on health. In addition, he is interested in using measurements of human exposure to air pollution, as well biomarkers of exposure and effect, to better link exposure with disease, and in the statistical modeling of health effects using advanced techniques such as generalized additive models and generalized additive mixed models.