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The Impact of Climate Change on Asthma and Allergies: From Real Time Problems To Real Time Solutions

Department & Center Events

Harold Menkes Memorial Lecture

Thursday, April 4, 2024, 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. ET
Wolfe Street Building/W1020 (Becton Dickinson)
Past Event

Speaker: Kari Nadeau, Chair of the Department of Environmental Health at Harvard School of Public Health 

Kari Nadeau, MD, PhD, is chair of the Department of Environmental Health at Harvard School of Public Health. She practices allergy, asthma, and immunology care in children and adults. She has published more than 400 papers, many in the field of climate change and health, and allergies and asthma. Nadeau is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and the EPA's Children's Health Protection Committee. For more than 30 years, she has devoted herself to understanding how environmental and epigenetic factors affect the risk of developing immune dysfunction.

Her laboratory has been studying exposomics and solutions-facing research with policy-oriented outcomes to track climate change mitigation and adaptation as these solutions pertain to quantifying health outcomes.  She started four biotech companies, works in climate and health inequity, co-started a sustainability seed grant program, and works with the WHO and UN on several projects in global health. She works with the Salata Institute at Harvard and oversees the Harvard Center for Climate Health and the Global Environment. Nadeau was appointed as a member of the U.S. Federal Wildfire Commission in 2022.

She earned her MD/PhD from Harvard Medical School in 1995, completing her doctoral work in biochemistry and immunology, followed by a pediatric residency, and fellowship in the Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology Program. She joined the Stanford faculty where she was the Naddisy Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics until 2022, and then joined Harvard where she is now the John Rock Professor of Climate and Population Studies.