Causal Methods in Epidemiological Studies
of Particulate Matter and Mortality

3-4 October 2018 | Chapel Hill, NC

The Symposium on Causal Methods in Epidemiological Studies of Particulate Matter and Mortality will focus on answering the basic question:  Have reductions in particulate matter resulted in intended decreases in mortality?

Three competitively selected research teams have determined how to address this question using their own methods and study designs, using the same research-ready dataset consisting of Medicare mortality data and data on air pollutants and meteorological factors from 1999-2013.

Keynote Speaker:

Seeking the Holy Grail: Searching for Causality in Health and Air Pollution Data

Daniel S. Greenbaum, President, Health Effects Institute

Featured Research Projects:

Causal Estimates of the Relationship Between Fine Particulate Matter and Mortality Using Attainment Status Under the Clean Air Act Amendments.

The Impact of PM2.5 on Mortality - Evidence from a Natural Experiment: Did PM2.5 Reduction Due to the Retirement of Coal-Fired Boilers in Chicago Area Counties Cause a Reduction in Mortality?

A Counterfactual Approach to Quantify the Causal Effect of Fine Particulate Matter on Mortality Using a Novel Approach.

The Project Review Committee includes: Stephen Cole (UNC-Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health), Eric J. Tchetgen Tchetgen (Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania), and Ana Rappold (US Environmental Protection Agency).

The Proposal Review Committee included: Francesca Dominici (Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health), Sander Greenland (UCLA emeritus), and Ana Rappold (US Environmental Protection Agency).