McGill Global Environmental Health Group
Environmental risks such as unsafe water, sanitation and hygiene and indoor smoke from solid fuels cause around 2 million children deaths per year. The McGill Global Environmental Health group consists of like-minded faculty and trainees who embark upon research, training, and outreach activities focused on grand challenges in global health, particularly those in low- and middle-income (LMIC) countries, that are related to environmental exposures. The group consists of multi-disciplinary experts with skills in environmental epidemiology, biostatistics, exposure assessment, occupational health, and risk assessment. Members of the group are actively researching the world’s most pressing environmental health challenges, including for example, pesticide use and child development in South Africa, household air pollution and cardiovascular diseases in China, a myriad of hazards within the informal sector, environmental justice amongst susceptible groups, and water quality and food safety. In partnerships with scientists from dozens of institutions worldwide, team members are establishing networks across LMICs to strengthen global capacity in terms of collaborative research, training and curriculum development, and addressing local and regional public health needs. Accelerated activities in this area are warranted given that environmental risk factors are estimated to contribute to 24% of the global burden of disease, and to 23% of deaths globally.