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School of Environment and Natural Resources


Faculty member to study air pollution exposure, stress on cognitive function

April 21, 2021
SENR Research News

Kerry Ard, associate professor of environmental sociology in the School of Environment and Natural Resources at The Ohio State University received funding through The Network on Life Course Health Dynamics and Disparities, who received supplemental funding from the National Institute on Aging to support five projects focused on Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias. 

Dr. Ard’s project, “Effects of Air-based Chemical Toxicants on Cognitive Function and Impairment Among Older Adults” seeks to investigate the synergistic effects of exposure to air pollution and social stressors on race/ethnic disparities in cognitive functioning. To investigate these interactions, Dr. Ard will construct respondent-specific chemical air pollutant exposure measures by linking estimates of exposure to chemical air pollutants to respondents in a subsample of the Health and Retirement Study to create measures of single, multiple, and cumulative exposure.  

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