Mission Statement

To provide an interactive forum for North Carolinians to share the latest research related to the impacts air pollution has on human health, the environment, and the economy, and to discuss the critical role policy making plays.

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New Research in Air Quality Health


Update participants about recent research in air quality and health.


This presentation will give an update on the most recent research on the human health effects of air pollution, including recent work from the H. Kim Lyerly and Julia Kravchenko.

H. Kim Lyerly, MD
George Barth Geller Professor of Research in Cancer
Professor of Surgery and Immunology
Associate Professor of Pathology
Director of Surgical Science and Applied Therapeutics Section
Duke University
Kim Lyerly, MD, FACS is the George Barth Geller Professor of Cancer Research, Professor of Surgery, Associate Professor of Pathology and Assistant Professor of Immunology at Duke University in North Carolina. He was appointed in 2008 by US President George Bush to serve a six-year term on the National Cancer Advisory Board, which oversees the US National Cancer Institute. He served as Chair of the Cancer Centers Sub Committee, and on the Global Health Sub-Committee of the National Cancer Advisory Board. He has also served on the National Institute of Health Council of Councils, and the Board of the National Institute of Health Office of AIDS Research. He has been a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation and the Burroughs Wellcome Foundation. Dr. Lyerly is a highly sought after consultant and advisor and has served on the Cancer Centers external advisory boards for MD Anderson, University of Michigan, University of Chicago, University of Alabama, University of Arizona, Boston University, and Purdue. He has served as an advisor to the University of Washington, and Case Western Reserve Clinical and Translational Science Institutes.

Dr. Lyerly has been actively involved in cancer research and education internationally for over 10 years. He has research collaborations in cancer care, cancer immunotherapy, and cancer genomics with faculty members in China, India and Pakistan. He has been a faculty member of the Medical Oncology Group of Australia Clinical Trials Workshop, and has conducted clinical trials workshops in Singapore, China, India, Nepal and Pakistan. He currently leads a workshop with the US Food and Drug Administration directed to accelerating entry in the markets for cancer treatment.


Assistant Professor of Surgery

Duke University

Dr. Julia Kravchenko, MD, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Surgical Sciences, Department of Surgery, Duke University School of Medicine. Her area of research interests includes population-based studies of health outcome, analysis of health impacts of environmental exposures on disease risk and patients’ survival, including the studies on the effects of water quality, air pollution, and weather/extreme temperatures on human health. She also does Medicare based and Medicare-linked large health data analysis of cancer and chronic non-cancer disease incidence, progression, treatment effectiveness, and survival among the older U.S. adults, as well studies the role of comorbidities in cancer patients in treatment choice and patients’ survival.

Wildfires, Climate Change, and Health


Inform participants about the increased chance of wildfires due to climate change and the associated health effects.



Increasing incidence of wildfires in North Carolina is associated with climate change. The US EPA is working to study the associated health effects of wildfires and learning how to better inform the affected communities. This is being done through an app called Smoke Sense. The NC Division of Public Health has also been working on wildfire and vulnerable populations Hoke County.

Wayne Cascio, MD

Acting Director of the National Health and Environmental Effect Research Laboratory

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency


Environmental Program Consultant, Climate and Health

NC Department of Health and Human Services

For What It’s Worth:  Why and How We Put a Dollar Value on Clean Air


Inform participants about the cost associated with air quality health effects.


This presentation will provide a brief history and rationale for the U.S. EPA’s approach to analyzing the economic value of the health burdens from air pollution, and to conducting economic benefit analyses for air pollution regulations. It will provide a brief introduction to EPA’s benefits analysis software, BenMAP-CE, and provide some recent examples of analyses of air pollution health costs and estimates of economic benefits of air pollution policies. Examples of challenges in developing economic benefits estimates for emerging health concerns such as neurodevelopmental and reproductive outcomes will also be discussed.

Bryan Hubbell, PhD

Senior Advisor on Social Science

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Bryan Hubbell is currently Senior Advisor on Social Science for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) Office of Research and Development (ORD). He advises ORD senior management on opportunities for integration of social sciences in environmental research programs, promotes interdisciplinary and translational science methods to address complex environmental public health challenges, and chairs EPA’s Social-Environmental Science Exchange. Bryan previously worked for 18 years in EPA’s Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards (OAQPS) where he was the Senior Advisor for Science and Policy Analysis in the Health and Environmental Impacts Division. He also previously led OAQPS’ Risk and Benefits Group which is responsible for estimating exposures and risks associated with criteria air pollutants and conducting benefits analyses for major air pollution regulations. He has written and presented extensively in the U.S. and internationally on health and environmental impacts of air pollution and economic benefits and costs of air quality regulations, serving as the principal benefits analyst for many of EPA’s regulatory analyses, and led the project team that developed the environmental Benefits Mapping and Analysis Program (BenMAP). Bryan has a Ph.D. in economics from NC State University. His current research interests include translational science for environmental public health, understanding how low-cost environmental and health sensors can impact individual and community health protective behaviors, and improving communication of environmental health risks and interventions to reduce exposures and improve public health.

Viney Aneja, Ph.D

Department of Marine, Earth & Atmospheric Sciences Professor

NC State University

June Blotnick, M.Ed

Executive Director

Clean Air Carolina

Dan Costa, Sc.D

Former Air, Climate and Energy Program Director

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Allison Hellenga

Communication and Events Coordinator, Office of Sustainability

Wake Forest University

Stephen Keener, MD

Medical Director

Mecklenburg County Health Department

Ellen Kirrane, MSPH, PH.D

National Center for Environmental Assessment

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Kim Lyerly, MD

George Barth Geller Professor in Cancer Research, Professor of Surgery

Duke University

Rachel McIntosh-Kastrinsky, MSPH

Medical Advocates for Healthy Air Program Manager

Clean Air Carolina

Stan Meiburg, PhD

Director of Graduate Programs in Sustainability

Wake Forest University

Bill Ross Jr., JD


Brooks Pierce

Bill Schlesinger, ph.d

Dean of the Nicholas School of the Environment, Emeritus

Duke University

Ashley Wilcox

Program Assistant, Graduate Programs in Sustainability

Wake Forest University


We are pleased to offer NC BREATHE attendees discounted rates through the Hawthrone Inn & Conference Center in Winston-Salem.

The Hawthorne Inn is located in downtown Winston-Salem, just minutes away from Wake Forest Medical Center, Historical Old Salem, and Restaurant Row.

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