Science Distilled, a new lecture series created by DRI and The Discovery, makes cutting-edge science approachable through presentations on current and curious topics held at hip locations in a social atmosphere.
The air we breathe and health in Nevada—how is what we’re inhaling putting Northern Nevada on the map?
Does Nevada have some dirty laundry to air when it comes to what we are breathing? Joe Grzymski opens the Nevada Inhales discussion by sharing his work on the 23andMe and Renown Health collaboration, a pioneering new study layering population and health data, environmental information, and voluntary genetic data from Northern Nevadans. He and his team are looking for trends in health risks ranging from disease and illness, to the effects of air quality on the health of Nevadans.
Vera Samburova will follow with her study on e-cigarettes. E-cigarettes are marketed as the healthy alternative to tobacco cigarettes. But how healthy are they? When flavored vaping fluid is burned, the molecular structure of its components change, and what is released is the topic of Vera Samburova’s talk.
Time: Doors open at 7:00pm, presentation begins at 7:30pm
Location: IMBÎB Custom Brews, 785 E. 2nd Street, Reno
Joseph Grzymski, PhD
Joe is the Senior Director of DRI’s Applied Innovation Center and principal investigator on the Renown project. His work in microbiology has taken him as far as Antarctica, and his contributions to science span human health, oceanography, and genetics.
Vera Samburova, PhD
Vera is part of the Organic Analysis Lab at DRI. She and her team are investigating the aerosols (commonly called vapors) produced by flavored e-cigarettes liquids, and the team has found that they contain dangerous levels of hazardous chemicals known to cause cancer in humans.