Dr. John Balbus, senior advisor for Public Health at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, will deliver the Mailman School of Public Health’s 22nd annual Sewell Lecture titled ”The Sweet Spot: Where Community Sustainability and Primary Prevention Converge.” The April 29 talk marks the 22nd consecutive year that a leading figure in Environmental Health Sciences is being honored for outstanding contributions to the field. The lecture is named for the late Professor Granville H. Sewell who directed the educational programs in environmental health sciences at Columbia for more than 20 years.
Balbus’ background combines training and experience in clinical medicine with expertise in epidemiology, toxicology, and risk sciences. He currently serves as a senior advisor to the director on public health issues and as NIEHS liaison to its external constituencies, stakeholders, and advocacy groups. He also leads NIEHS efforts on climate change and human health. Before joining the NIEHS, Balbus was chief health scientist for the non-governmental organization Environmental Defense Fund. He also served on the faculty of The George Washington University, where he was founding director of the Center for Risk Science and Public Health, founding co-director of the Mid-Atlantic Center for Children’s Health and the Environment, and acting chairman of the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health. He has authored studies and lectures on global climate change and health, transportation-related air pollution, the toxic effects of chemicals, and regulatory approaches to protecting susceptible subpopulations.
The lecture will be held April 29th at 4:00 p.m. in Alumni Auditorium on the Columbia University Medical School campus. A reception will follow.
The talk will also be broadcast live online.
Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health
Wednesday, April 29 | 4:00 TO 5:30 PM
650 W. 168TH ST, NYC 10032