UC Irvine News Brief: NIH funds UCI study of link between children's asthma, climate change
Interdisciplinary researchers including Ralph Delfino are awarded more than $400,000 for project.
UCI researchers have been awarded more than $400,000 by the National Institutes of Health to study the potential effects of global climate change on public health, particularly asthma in children. The project is a cross-campus collaboration involving Ralph Delfino, associate professor of epidemiology; Michael Prather, professor of earth system science; Daniel Gillen, associate professor of statistics; Scott Bartell, assistant professor of public health, epidemiology and statistics; and Jun Wu, assistant professor of public health and epidemiology. UC Davis environmental engineer Michael Kleeman is also part of the team. “Our study will estimate the future risks for children of smog linked to climate change,” said Delfino, who has conducted extensive research on air pollution and its health effects.