Fireside Chat featuring Yawei Zhang

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Thu, April 02, 2015 | 4:00pm-5:30pm
Fireside Chat featuring Yawei Zhang
442 Temple Street
New Haven, CT 06511

Environmental Contributions to Pregnancy Outcome - China Birth Cohort Study
Given the growing evidence that many human diseases, including cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and certain forms of cancer, originate in utero, it is essential to understand the environmental risk factors during fetal development that are linked to childhood mortality and morbidity, and adult chronic diseases. To that end, a birth cohort study of 10,542 newborns in the city of Lanzhou, Gansu Province, China was conducted in 2010-2012, followed by an additional cohort of over 8,000 newborns in Taiyuan, Shanxi Province, China, currently ongoing. The aim of these studies is to investigate the risk of adverse birth outcomes given genetic susceptibility and various environmental exposures. This Fireside Chat will focus on the analysis of ambient air pollution and passive smoking in relation to various adverse birth outcomes. The findings have significant public health implications and are relevant to policy makers who design air pollution policies for China and other high-air-pollution regions.

Yawei Zhang
Dr. Yawei Zhang is an associate professor at the Department of Environmental Health Sciences, Yale School of Public Health. Having received her initial medical training in China, she came to Yale for her MPH and PhD in epidemiology from the Yale School of Public Health. Dr. Zhang completed a one-year post-doctoral fellowship at the National Cancer Institute, and then joined the faculty of the Yale School of Public Health in 2005 as an assistant professor. An adjunct professor at the China National Cancer Center, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences, Lanzhou University, Qidong Liver Cancer Research Institute, and Taiyuan Medical University, Dr. Zhang is a recipient of the "Innovation and Pioneering" Award in Cancer Epidemiology from Jiangsu Province, and the "100 Talent Plan" Award from Shanxi Province, China. A highly respected scholar working at the intersection of Genetics, Epidemiology and Environmental Health, Dr. Zhang has established a strong track record of outstanding research centered on thyroid cancer, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, and the fetal origins of disease. Dr. Zhang has more than 170 peer-reviewed publications in leading journals in her field, including American Journal of Epidemiology; Lancet Oncology; Journal of the National Cancer Institute, Blood; Nature Genetics; Thyroid; PloS Medicine; Environmental International, and so on.

Dr. Zhang has conducted workshops in China with approximately 500 participants under Fogarty Grant training programs, and has mentored a number of trainees. In addition, she has supervised more than 40 visiting scholars from major Chinese collaborating universities and research hospitals, leading to publications in peer reviewed journals, and strengthened scientific research capacity in environmental and cancer epidemiology of collaborating institutions. Dr. Zhang has served as a regular member of two study sections at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the American Cancer Society, as well as an ad hoc member on several special emphasis panels at the NIH. She is an Associate Editor for Frontiers in Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention and the General Editor of the Encyclopedia of Global Health.

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