The seminar will focus on social and health inequalities in Rio de Janeiro, and explore the possible role of air pollution in contributing to social inequalities in health. Professor Ponce de Leon will also discuss a large ongoing multi-centre project on the effects of air pollution on several causes of death in different age groups in urban areas, using Rio de Janeiro as a case study. Preliminary findings on demographic and air quality data from Rio will be presented at the seminar and related methodological issues will be discussed in detail.

Antonio Ponce de Leon received his PhD in Statistics from the London School of Economics. He is a Professor of Epidemiology at the “Instituto de Medicina Social (IMS), Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro” in Brazil and also affiliated with the Department of Public Health Sciences at the Karolinska Institutet. Professor Ponce de Leon has been involved in several long-term collaborative projects with researchers at CHESS and has also contributed to teaching statistical methods for students at Stockholm University.

The seminar will take place in room No 549 (CHESS Library) at CHESS, 5th floor, Sveavägen 160 (Sveaplan), on Wednesday 1 April at 1.30 pm.