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The Center is organized into an Administrative Core, four Research Cores, two Facility Cores and a Community Outreach and Engagement Core. This consortium of epidemiologists, statisticians, chemists, toxicologists, and molecular biologists collaborate to create an interdisciplinary approach to the study and advancement of research in environmental health. Read more
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Beijing Olympics Experiment Reveals Biological Link Between Air Pollution Exposure, Cardiovascular Disease
By The USC Office of Public Relations and Marketing on May 15, 2012
Using the 2008 Beijing Olympics as their laboratory, University of Southern California (USC) researchers and colleagues have found biological evidence that even a short-term reduction in air pollution exposure improves one's cardiovascular health.
The results of their study appear this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association, the most widely circulated medical journal in the world.
"We believe this is the first major study to clearly demonstrate that changes in air pollution exposure affect cardiovascular disease mechanisms in healthy, young people," said Junfeng (Jim) Zhang, Ph.D., the study's senior author and professor of environmental and global health at the Keck School of Medicine of USC.
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