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The Center for Occupational and Environmental Health (COEH) organizes the annual Lela Morris symposia to highlight important occupational and environmental health and safety issues and showcase research by Center faculty and students.


Symposia provide continuing education credits to physicians, industrial hygienists, nurses and allied health professionals.

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2017 COEH Lela Morris Symposium

There’s Something in the Air: Current Topics on Particulate Pollution and Cardiovascular Disease


Friday, May 12, 2017, 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM

David Brower Center, Goldman Theater

2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704


This course is presented by the Center for Occupational and Environmental Health (COEH). The focus of the symposium is Particulate Matter (PM) exposure and cardiovascular disease (CVD) outcomes, including clinical and subclinical markers as well as mortality. It is designed to provide occupational and environmental health professionals with a synthesis of the current research on PM exposure and CVD outcomes.



An attendee completing this course will be able to:


  • Improve their understanding of the role of PM exposures in cardiovascular disease
  • Summarize household, occupational and ambient exposures to PM
  • Describe PM exposure and CVD outcomes (clinical and subclinical markers and mortality)
  • Improve their understanding of monitoring devices
  • Inform policy for public health from a current knowledge of PM exposures and CVD outcomes



8:30 AM



8:50 AM


John Balmes, MD and COEH Director


9:00 AM

A Synthesis of the Research on PM Exposures

S. Katharine Hammond, PhD, CIH


9:45 AM

PM and CVD Morbidity: Clinical Effects, Subclinical Effects, Biomarkers

John Balmes, MD and COEH Director


10:25 AM



10:40 AM

The Role of Marijuana Secondhand Smoke in Endothelial Dysfunction

Pooneh Nabavizadeh, MD


11:15 AM

Secondhand and Third-hand Smoke Exposures and CVD Outcomes

Suzaynn Schick, PhD


11:45 Noon



12:45 PM

Occupational PM Exposures and CVD Outcomes

Sadie Costello, PhD


1:20 PM

Household Exposures to Kerosene Lamp Emissions and CVD

Michael Bates, PhD


1:55 PM

Exposures to Ultrafine Particles

Michael Kleeman, PhD


2:35 PM



2:50 PM

New Technologies for PM Exposure Assessment

Michael Jerrett, PhD


3:35 PM

Future Policies RE: Control of Exposures to Combustion Particles

Round Table Discussion

Moderator - Cynthia Hallett, MPH


4:00 PM


John Balmes, MD and COEH Director




Faculty and Students: $40.00

State/Local Government Agencies and Non-Profits: $40.00

Others: $80.00

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