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Contact: Debbie Linchesky
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American Academy of Pediatrics

Climate change and its impact on human health

VANCOUVER, BC John Balbus, MD, MPH, Senior Advisor for Public Health at the National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), will discuss the significant public health threats and opportunities presented by climate change and how children around the world may be affected. Dr. Balbus will present the keynote lecture, "Putting a Human Face On Climate Change: A Public Health Perspective," at 5 p.m. PT, Saturday, May 1, at the 2010 Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) opening general session at the Vancouver Convention & Exhibition Centre in British Columbia, Canada.

"Research is telling us that the health of our planet and the health of people, especially our children, are tied together," said Dr. Balbus. "While the long-term health threats from future climate change could be severe, the immediate health benefits could be substantial if we take effective actions to reduce the extent of climate change. Efforts to reduce climate pollution for example, will also help provide healthier air for our children to breathe."

Board-certified in internal medicine and occupational medicine, Dr. Balbus received his AB degree in Biochemistry from Harvard University, his MD from the University of Pennsylvania, and his MPH from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. Dr. Balbus founded the Center for Risk Science and Public Health at the George Washington University School of Public Health. There he practiced clinical occupational and environmental medicine as an associate professor. Prior to joining NIEHS, Dr. Balbus was the chief health scientist for the non-profit organization Environmental Defense Fund.

In addition to the EPA Science Advisory Board, Dr. Balbus has served as a member of the National Research Council's Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology, the Institute of Medicine's Roundtable on Environmental Health Sciences, Research and Medicine, and the EPA Children's Health Protection Advisory Committee.

Reporters wanting to interview Dr. Balbus should call the PAS Press Office at 778-331-7694. Reporters who wish to attend the speech must first check in at the PAS Press Office in the Vancouver Convention & Exhibition Centre to receive press credentials.

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The Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) are four individual pediatric organizations who co-sponsor the PAS Annual Meeting the American Pediatric Society, the Society for Pediatric Research, the Academic Pediatric Association, and the American Academy of Pediatrics. Members of these organizations are pediatricians and other health care providers who are practicing in the research, academic and clinical arenas. The four sponsoring organizations are leaders in the advancement of pediatric research and child advocacy within pediatrics, and all share a common mission of fostering the health and well being of children worldwide. For more information, visit www.pas-meeting.org. Follow news of the PAS meeting on Twitter at http://twitter.com/PedAcadSoc.



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