Paul Smith - March 6
"Wildfire Implications for Firefighter and Community Health"
Synopsis: Dr. Smith will speak on the effects of wood smoke on public health, with a specific focus on particulate matter, as it is the easiest component to track and relate to disease. His talk will stress the effects on vulnerable populations, the mechanisms of disease and gaps in our present knowledge. The lecture also will examine recent smoke events in Montana and directions for disease prevention.
Paul Smith, D.O., is an adjunct research professor in the School of Community and Public Health at UM, where he is director of the Montana Pediatric Clinical Trials Network, part of a national effort to involve rural and Native American children in research aimed at promoting child health through improvements in their environment. He also is director of the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and Pulmonology at Community Medical Center. His previous research centered on the cellular mechanisms of asthma, and he currently focuses on the effects of woodsmoke on respiratory health.