When Our Environment Acts Like Medicine: 21st Annual Sewell Lecture

April 21, 2014

Chemicals in our environment can affect our bodies in much the same way as medicines, but with unwanted results, says Linda Birnbaum, PhD, DABT, ATS, director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and the National Toxicology Program. Dr. Birnbaum will discuss this and related issues on April 23 at 4 p.m., in Alumni Auditorium, when she delivers the 21st Annual Sewell Distinguished Lecture in Environmental Health Sciences, part of the Mailman School of Public Health's Grand Rounds on the Future of Public Health.

In a Q&A on the the Mailman School of Public Health website, Dr. Birnbaum discusses the difficult task of assessing tens of thousands of chemicals, how cities are increasingly healthy places to live, and a recent study of arsenic by Joseph Graziano, of the Mailman School.

Read the Q&A here.