MDI Science Café (Online) — Arsenic Exposure and Cardiovascular Disease: What is the Evidence in U.S. Populations?
This Science Cafe will tackle the epidemiologic evidence on the association between arsenic exposure and cardiovascular disease in several populations in the United States including the Strong Heart Study, the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis, and others. Particular elements for discussion include the dose-response relationship across a wide range of exposure levels relevant for US populations. We will also discuss the evidence available for water and food, including rice. Ana Navas-Acien is a physician-epidemiologist (MD, University of Granada, Spain ’96) with a specialty in Preventive Medicine and Public Health (Hospital La Paz, Madrid ’01) and a PhD in Epidemiology (Johns Hopkins University ’05). Her research investigates the health effects of environmental exposures (arsenic and other metals, tobacco smoke, e-cigarettes, air pollution), their interactions with genetic and epigenetic variants, and effective interventions for reducing involuntary exposures. She collaborates with the Strong Heart Study, a study of cardiovascular disease and its risk factors in American Indian communities, and the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA), a study of cardiovascular, metabolic and lung disease in urban settings across the US. Both in the U.S. and internationally, she evaluates exposure to tobacco smoke including emerging challenges such as waterpipe smoking and e-cigarettes. Her goals are to contribute to the reduction of environmental health disparities in underserved and disproportionately exposed populations. We ask attendees to please preregister online so that we can send you the link to the online presentation.