The human lifespan has been increasing for a century — yet those gains have recently slowed and, in the United States, declined. The start of the 21st century has coincided with the creation of the tools needed to confront the kinds of chronic conditions that emerge from the interplay of our genes and our environment. Dr. Ted Smith, deputy director of the Christina Lee Brown Envirome Institute at the University of Louisville and retired chief innovation officer for the city of Louisville, will share the work of his center, which concerns preparation for the day when the genome meets the "envirome." The developments his team is working on are made possible by low-cost sensor networks; advances in data analytics; and the convergence of medicine, engineering, business and philosophy.
Dr. Smith is an associate professor of medicine at Louisville, where he researches the urban environmental factors that modify the risk of cardiometabolic disease. He is a program lead for the Green Heart Project — the largest prospective, interventional clinical trial being conducted to evaluate urban greenery and risk of cardiovascular disease. He also serves on the scientific advisory board for NASA's Transition Institute for Space Health at Baylor College of Medicine.
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