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April 5, 2019 | 2:30 p.m. - 3:20 p.m.
Category: Seminar
Location: Old Main #0121 | Map
4841 Cass
Detroit, MI 48201
Cost: Free
Audience: Academic Staff, Alumni, Community, Current Graduate Students, Current Undergraduate Students, Faculty, Parents, Prospective Students, Staff

The Earth and Environmental Science Seminar Series presents: "Correlation of urban air contaminants in the Detroit airshed with adverse birth outcomes" with Dr. Andrea Cassidy-Bushrow, PhD, Department of Public Health Sciences | Henry Ford Health System.

Friday April 5th at 2:30pm

Old Main Room 0121 (in tbe basement near the mineral museum)

Reception and refreshments to precede 40 – 50 min seminar followed by time for questions

Abstract: Preterm Birth, or birth less than 37 weeks gestation, has immediate and life-long negative health implications for the infant.  Detroit now has the highest preterm birth rate of all U.S. major cities.  Efforts to decrease preterm birth have not fully considered the complex interrelationships of environmental, medical and social determinants of risk.  The Geospatial Determinants of Health Outcomes Consortium (GeoDHOC) study collected air pollution measurements at 68 sites in Detroit during September, 2008 and May-June, 2009.  We established a retrospective birth cohort of 10,059 births by Detroit women (n=7,692 black women) spanning 2008-2010, representing ~40% of all births by Detroit residents during this period (GeoDHOC perinatal study). Benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and xylene (BTEX) exposure throughout pregnancy was associated with increased risk of preterm birth.

Biography: Andrea Cassidy-Bushrow, PhD, is an Associate Scientist of Epidemiology in the Department of Public Health Sciences at Henry Ford Health System in Detroit.  Her research interests include the study of how early-life environmental exposures may lead to the persistent racial disparities in chronic diseases in later life.  She has also recently begun studying how environmental exposures may influence the human microbiome. Dr. Cassidy-Bushrow received her PhD in Epidemiological Sciences from the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health in 2006.


For more information about this event, please contact Shirley Papuga at (313) 577-2506.