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  • April 5, 2024 from 12:00pm to 1:00pm


The Centre for Occupational Disease Prevention presents…

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Title: Environmental factors affecting stress and sleep in adolescents: Interrelationships between the built environment and greenspace

Factors associated with the built environment (air pollution, noise, artificial light) are stressors that have been shown to negatively impact mental health and sleep. On the other hand, living in physically greener neighborhoods can help to mitigate these adverse effects. In a large cohort of adolescents, we integrate satellite data and measurements to quantify residential exposures to urban pollution and greenspace and examine their roles on self-reported psychosocial stress and sleep outcomes. Our findings emphasize the importance of promoting increased green spaces to reduce pollution associated with the built environment and improve public health, particularly in socioeconomically disadvantaged communities.

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Presenter: Meredith Franklin
Meredith Franklin is an Associate Professor in the Department of Statistical Sciences and School of the Environment at the University of Toronto. Trained in mathematics, statistics, and environmental health, her interdisciplinary research focuses on quantifying environmental exposures through statistical and machine learning approaches to assess their impacts on health outcomes. She has been a leader in developing methods to use remote sensing data for exposure assessment and has conducted several highly cited population-based epidemiological studies of the association between air pollution and health. She received a B.Sc. from McGill University and a Ph.D. from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.