Imperial College London’s Environmental Research Group (ERG) and Policy Forum are pleased to present a public seminar series addressing ‘Environment and health challenges in a changing world’. This is the second session of a six-part seminar series, which will be hosted by Dr Ian Mudway, Senior Lecturer in the School of Public Health and Team Lead of the ERG’s Environmental Toxicology Research Group. This session will feature talks and a panel discussion, followed by a drink’s reception, and address the following theme:

‘How does air pollution affect the brain? Exploring the evidence between air pollution and incidences of declining cognition and increasing dementia.’

The session will also discuss the potential mechanisms through which air pollution can affect the brain, but also the associated risks for the population based on epidemiological evidence. The agenda for the event is as follows:


Paul Matthews, Edmond and Lily Safra Chair, Imperial College London and Head of UK Research Dementia Institute at Imperial

Professor Roland Wolf, University of Dundee


15.00 – Registration, tea and coffee
15.15 –  Welcome from Dr Ian Mudway
15.20 – Exposure to air pollution, cognitive function and incidence of dementia: evidence from epidemiological studies,
            Professor Klea Katsouyanni, Lead of the Air Pollution Epidemiology Team at the Environmental Research Group
15.40 – How does air pollution contribute to risks of Alzheimer’s disease? Professor Paul Matthews, the Dementia Institute
16.00 – Application of humanised and reporter mouse models to study mechanisms of environmentally-induced disease and in drug                                      development Professor Roland Wolf, University of Dundee
16.20 – Panel discussion featuring all speakers, chaired by Dr Ian Mudway.

Drinks reception to follow.


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