Title: Environmental noise and health: Research and policy in Canada
Environmental noise is one of the leading causes of disease and health burdens caused by environmental exposures. Yet, mitigation and regulation of ambient noise is lacking in the Canadian context, and this is particularly concerning with respect to transportation sources. This presentation will provide an overview of methods used in epidemiological research as well as disease and health mechanisms and outcomes. The current state of knowledge on health effects from international and Canadian studies will be highlighted with a focus on Toronto, and furthermore linked to gaps and opportunities for further knowledge research and action in the Canadian context.
Presenter: Dr. Tor Oiamo
Dr. Oiamo is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies at Toronto Metropolitan University and currently a visiting Researcher at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health. His research in environmental health geography focuses on exposure assessment through the development of environmental models of noise and air quality, as well as research on health and disease risks. Through collaboration with public and private sector partners, these research activities are applied and oriented towards environmental decision-making and policy. Dr. Oiamo also teaches on topics related to environmental management, sustainable development, demography and environmental health as well as geographic information systems and statistics.