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Cathryn Tonne

Cathryn Tonne

Research Professor Contaminación atmosférica, Planificación urbana, medio ambiente y salud

Cathryn Tonne is an environmental epidemiologist focusing on the health effects of air pollution from outdoor and household sources and their intersection with sustainable development. Her research has investigated exposure patterns and health effects of air pollution in high- as well as low- and middle-income countries.

One of her main research interests is in the health co-benefits of climate change mitigation. She is co-director of the Lancet Countdown for Health and Climate Change in Europe and leads the working group focused on mitigation actions and health co-benefits. She coordinates CATALYSE, a five-year Horizon Europe project focused on climate change and health and previously led the European Research Council funded Cardiovascular Health effects of Air pollution in Telangana, India.

She was awarded the Tony McMichael Mid-term career award from the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology in 2022 for her contributions to environmental epidemiology and has held several competitive personal fellowships from funders in the US, UK, and Spain (Ramon y Cajal 2017-2021).

Her doctoral training was in Epidemiology and Environmental Health at the Harvard School of Public Health (ScD). She has a Master of Public Health, with a focus on environmental health, from Columbia University, and a BS in Chemistry from UC Berkeley.

Líneas de investigación

  • Health co-benefits of climate change mitigation
  • Air pollution exposure and health effects
  • Urban environments and health
  • Global environmental health
  • Planetary Health

Principales publicaciones

  • Dimitrova A, Marois G, Kiesewetter G, Rafaj P, Pachauri S, Samir KC, Olmos S, Rasella D, Tonne C.Projecting the impact of air pollution on child stunting in India-synergies and trade-offs between climate change mitigation, ambient air quality control, and clean cooking access.Environmental Research Letters. 2022. https://doi.org/10.1088/1748-9326/ac8e89
  • Ranzani O, Kalra A, Di Girolamo C, Curto A, Valerio F, Halonen H, Basagaña X, Tonne C.Urban-rural differences in hypertension prevalence in low-income and middle-income countries, 1990-2020: A systematic review and meta analysis.PLoS Medicine. 2022. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pmed.1004079.
  • Tonne C, Adair L, Adlakha D,Anguelovski I, Belesova K, Berger M,Brelsford C,Dadvand P, Dimitrova A,Giles-Corti B, Heinz A, Mehran N, Nieuwenhuijsen M, Pelletier F, Ranzani O, Rodenstein M, Rybski D, Samavati S, Satterthwaite D, Schöndorf J, Adli M. Defining pathways to healthy sustainable urban development. Environment International. 2021. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envint.2020.106236.
  • Ranzani OT, Milà C, Sanchez M, Bhogadi S, Kulkarni B, Balakrishnan K, Sambandam S, Sunyer J, Marshall JD, Kinra S, Tonne C.Association between ambient and household air pollution with carotid intima-media thickness in peri-urban South India: CHAI Project. International Journal of Epidemiology. 2020. https://doi.org/10.1093/ije/dyz208
  • Milà C, Salmon M, Sanchez M, Ambrós A, Bhogadi S, Sreekanth V, Nieuwenhuijsen M, Kinra S, Marshall JD, Tonne C. When, where, and what? Characterizing personal PM2.5 exposure in peri-urban India by integrating GPS, wearable camera, ambient and personal monitoring data. Environmental Science & Technology, 2018. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.est.8b03075.
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