Children’s brain development in a polluted world: Inequalities and opportunities

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This talk is by Kam Sripada, Norwegian University of Science and Technology.

Brain development in the early years lays the foundation for lifelong cognitive function, productivity, and mental health. Yet children are surrounded by mixtures of unregulated toxic chemicals in their everyday environments. Toxic metals, e-waste, air pollution, conflict-related contamination, and untested chemicals in everyday products make up a chemical cocktail which threatens children’s health and prenatal development globally. Pollution is linked with worse neurodevelopment, such as lower IQ, behavioral problems, and higher risk for neurodegenerative disease. At the same time, climate change linked to pollution is undermining development gains and livelihood options for today's children.

Kam Sripada holds a PhD in neuroscience and is manager of the Centre for Digital Life Norway, a national centre for biotechnology research, innovation, and training.

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