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Induction of Asthma and the Environment: What We Know and Need to Know

Categorized Under: Environment, Health, Scientific + Engineering Analysis



Published in Environmental Health Perspectives, April 2006. In October 2005, ICF International's MaryJane Selgrade co-authored this article on the dramatic increase of the prevalence of asthma over the last 25 years in the United States and in other nations as a result of ill-defined changes in living conditions in modern society. On October 18–19, 2004, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences sponsored the workshop "Environmental Influences on the Induction and Incidence of Asthma" to review current scientific evidence with respect to factors that may contribute to the induction of asthma.

Authored By

  • MaryJane Selgrade

    Technical DirectorICF International

    MaryJane Selgrade joined ICF International after serving for more than 30 years with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). She started her career as a microbiologist and most recently was Chief of the Cardiopulmonary and Immunotoxicology Branch of the Environmental Public Health Division within the National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory.

    Dr. Selgrade has conducted, directed, and managed research in respiratory and immunotoxicology, such as the role of air pollution in induction and exacerbation of asthma, potential allergenicity of genetically modified crops, potential risks associated with mold in the indoor environment, effects of both criteria air pollutants and hazardous air pollutants of immune and pulmonary endpoints, and methods and models for assessing respiratory sensitizers.

Insight Details

Published: Apr 6, 2006
Authors: , Robert F. Lemanske, Jr., M. Ian Gilmour, Lucas M. Neas, Marsha D.W. Ward, Paul K. Henneberger, David N. Weissman, Jane A. Hoppin, Rodney R. Dietert, Peter D. Sly, Andrew M. Geller, Paul L. Enright, Gillian S. Backus, Philip A. Bromberg, Dori R. Germolec, and Karin B. Yeatts
Source: Environmental Health Perspectives

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