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UWM Professor To Study Whether Air Pollution Causes Autism

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(From left) Tom Luljak and Amy Kalkbrenner.

We all know air pollution is a health risk. We have invested billions of dollars in the U.S. trying to clean up the problem. But there are still a lot of unanswered questions about exactly what diseases and health conditions are caused by breathing polluted air.

On this edition of UWM Today, we meet a public health expert who has just received a multi-million dollar grant from the federal government to try to come up with answers. Amy Kalkbrenner is an associate professor of Environmental Health Sciences in UWM’s Zilber School of Publlc Health. She recently won a $2.3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to study whether autism might be caused by air pollution.

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Tom Luljak is the vice chancellor of University Relations and Communications at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. In addition to directing the university's communication programs, Luljak serves as an associate lecturer in UWM's Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, teaching courses in corporate communications and sports marketing.