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  • February 17, 2023 from 12:00pm to 1:00pm


Title: Understanding Exposures and Communicating Health Risks from Radon Gas with Canadians

At this time, 1 in 5 people who experience lung cancer in Canada have never smoked a tobacco product, amounting to >100,000 cases since 2001. This presentation will highlight the leading cause of lung cancer amongst Canadians who do not smoke tobacco – radioactive radon gas exposure within the residential and occupational environment. The latest research on the scale and scope of Canadian radon exposure, how to communicate risks across diverse groups, and how to protect against exposure at the individual, community, and national level will be discussed. You will also learn how to protect yourself and those in your home.

Learning objectives:

At the end of this seminar attendees will be able to:

Understand the basics of Radon Gas exposure in Canada, and exposure prevention.
Appreciate differences between diverse people in terms of radon exposure and health risks.
Realize that effective radon risk communication is a function of target audience age, occupation, gender, and other lifestyle factors.

Presenter: Dr. Aaron Goodarzi

Dr. Goodarzi is the Scientific Director of the Evict Radon National Study, the Lead of Science Communication for the Charbonneau Cancer Institute, and an Associate Professor in the University of Calgary’s Cumming School of Medicine.

He has graduate degrees in radiation biology and the science of DNA damage repair, and since 2015 has been leading transdisciplinary research into understanding and engineering out lung cancer-causing radon gas exposure in Canada, spanning biology, geology, physics, medicine, population health, architecture, policy, communications, and behavioural science.