Public health seminar: “Racial Disparities in Lead Exposure and the Effects of Lead on Blood Pressure”
September 20 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Simisola Bello, Doctor of Public Health candidate, will present “Racial Disparities in Lead Exposure and the Effects of Lead on Blood Pressure.”
This research will look at differences of lead exposure by race and study the association between lead exposure and high blood pressure. Specifically, the first project will examine the racial differences in lead exposure. It is documented in the literature that there existed substantial racial disparity in lead exposure decades ago in the U.S., when the whole population had high blood lead levels. Little is known about whether there still exists racial differences in childhood lead exposure after recent dramatic decreases of lead exposure in the U.S.
The second project will investigate the association between lead exposure and hypertension for adults, using data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Chronic lead exposure and accumulation in the body can increase blood pressure, which is associated with the onset of cardiovascular diseases. Little is known about whether the association between lead exposure and hypertension still exists when the lead exposure is already low for the general population.