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Kauvar Symposium

October 27, 2023

Sponsored by the Center for Environment, Climate and Health
October 27, 2023
8 a.m.
Molly Blank Conference Center at National Jewish Health

Climate change is increasingly impacting health and disease in individuals and communities across Colorado, the nation and globe, especially in those with respiratory and other underlying diseases and/or health disparities. As a result, National Jewish Health and its Center for Environment, Climate and Health is hosting this timely Kauvar Symposium discussing research on climate change and health to promote conversations, collaboration and research in this area among investigators and colleagues across Colorado.

The conference will include experts on the respiratory health effects of climate change. Please see the agenda below.

Abstract submissions are being requested. Six oral presentations will be chosen from the abstract submissions to highlight research being conducted by junior investigators and trainees.

The live symposium will be held at National Jewish Health with a virtual component for those unable to attend in person.


  1. To define research on the human health effects of exposures related to climate change and respiratory health and immunity from mechanistic to translation to population based data.
  2. To discuss interventions to promote resiliency on the impact of climate change and air pollution on respiratory health.
  3. To evaluate the implications of climate change on disadvantaged and under resourced populations as well as those with health disparities.
  4. To collaboratively determine the next steps in climate change research to impact policy as well as health of the citizens of Colorado, and the patients we see at National Jewish Health and our affiliates.


Featured Speaker

Chris Carlsten, MD, MPH

Professor of Medicine
Head of UBC, Vancouver Respiratory Medicine
Director of the Air Pollution Exposure Laboratory
Legacy for Airway Health

Session 1: Magda Gorska, MD, “Air Pollution Maternal-Child Asthma Risk”
Session 2: Jennifer Peel, PhD, “Indoor Air Pollution”
Session 3: Kevin Josey, PhD, “Climate and Health Disparities”
Session 4: Panel Discussion, “Next Steps in Climate Health Research”


Register here: https://www.nationaljewish.org/research-science/programs-depts/center-for-genes-environment-and-health/kauvar-symposium