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EH MATTERS Faculty: Edward Avol

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Edward Avol, MS
Professor of Clinical Preventive Medicine, Keck School of Medicine

Website: Publications, Faculty Profile

Areas of research:

Exposure assessment of outdoor air pollution; respiratory impacts of ambient air pollution; children’s respiratory health; documentation of environmental exposure and health disparities; effective approaches to mitigation of disproportionate community exposures, especially among susceptible sub-groups

EH MATTERS Internship description:

This internship position is geared towards those with an interest in learning more about making a change in one’s community through developing working partnerships with neighborhood residents and policymakers. Using the community of San Pedro as a prototype, a case study of the challenges, underlying issues, identifiable solutions, and realistic progress made will be the basis for developing an actionable plan in the student’s community. Interviewing and learning about what has worked – and what has not worked – can serve as a road map for planning a viable path forward– and possibly avoiding some of the likely pitfalls – that face communities beset by substantive exposures to contaminants of potential health consequence.

Key publications

Lurmann F, Avol E, Gilliland F. Emissions reduction policies and recent trends in Southern California's ambient air quality. J Air Waste Manag Assoc. 2015;65(3):324-335. doi: 10.1080/10962247.2014.991856

Gauderman WJ, Urman R, Avol E, et al. Association of improved air quality with lung development in children. N Engl J Med. 2015;372(10):905-913. doi:10.1056/NEJMoa1414123

Franklin M, Vora H, Avol E, et al. Predictors of intra-community variation in air quality. J Expo Sci Environ Epidemiol. 2012;22(2):135-147. doi:10.1038/jes.2011.45

Breton CV, Wang X, Mack WJ, et al. Carotid artery intima-media thickness in college students: race/ethnicity matters. Atherosclerosis. 2011;217(2):441-446. doi:10.1016/j.atherosclerosis.2011.05.022

Künzli N, Avol E, Wu J, et al. Health effects of the 2003 Southern California wildfires on children. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2006;174(11):1221-1228. doi:10.1164/rccm.200604-519OC

Avol EL, Gauderman WJ, Tan SM, London SJ, Peters JM. Respiratory effects of relocating to areas of differing air pollution levels. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2001;164(11):2067-2072. doi:10.1164/ajrccm.164.11.2102005

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