Yale Professor Receives Monaco Award

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New Haven, Conn.—Michelle Bell, an expert on the environment and human health, has received the inaugural Prince Albert II de Monaco/Institut Pasteur Award for outstanding contributions to her field.
Dr. Bell, professor of environmental health at the Yale University’s School of Forestry & Environmental Studies (F&ES), was honored by the Institut Pasteur and the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation at a scientific symposium on environmental changes and their impact on human health on March 23 in Monaco.
Prince Albert II of Monaco and the Institut Pasteur, a nonprofit research center in Paris dedicated to the prevention and treatment of disease, established the award to honor scientists for their study of how environmental conditions affect public health.
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Michelle Bell
“We are very delighted by this recognition of Michelle and her research, which reflects well on the strength and diversity of work at F&ES,” said Dean Peter Crane. “It is also extremely gratifying that the Monaco Award recognizes not only the excellence of Michelle’s research, but its great practical importance for public health and environmental policy.”
Dr. Bell joined Yale in 2004 and was promoted to professor in 2011. Her research investigates how air pollution and extreme weather contribute to mortality and affect health outcomes such as pregnancy, and how climate change could impact human health. Her work integrates epidemiology, atmospheric sciences, environmental engineering and biostatistics, and is global, with studies in the United States, Europe, Asia and South America.
Dr. Bell has conducted several landmark studies of environmental health. In 2004 she led the largest study to date of the health impacts of tropospheric ozone, establishing a clear link between ozone and premature mortality in 95 large U.S. communities covering about 40 percent of the U.S. population over a 14-year period. The study was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
In one of the earliest and largest studies on climate change and air pollution, she estimated changes in ozone levels and the subsequent health response under climate change for 50 U.S. cities by linking air quality, meteorological and climate change models.
Dr. Bell has 70 peer-reviewed publications and has received other prestigious awards, including the National Institutes of Health’s Outstanding New Environmental Scientist Award in 2006 and the Health Effects Institute’s Rosenblith Award in 2004.
The Environmental Protection Agency, World Health Organization and regional environmental agencies have used her results in establishing health-based policies for air pollution, including particulate matter, ozone and carbon monoxide.
“I strive for research that is relevant to the medical community and policy makers and that helps address real-world environmental problems,” said Bell.

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PUBLISHED: March 26, 2012

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