Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), USA
TitleChemical exposures and human health: Biomonitoring examples from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES).
Biography Dr. Antonia Calafat is the Chief of the Organic Analytical Toxicology Branch, Division of Laboratory Sciences, National Center for Environmental Health, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia. She leads CDC's biomonitoring programs for assessing human exposure to pesticides; flame retardants; polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons; chemicals added to consumer and personal-care products such as phthalates and phenols; and persistent organic pollutants including polybrominated diphenyl ethers; polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins, furans, and biphenyls; and per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).
She has developed and maintained extensive collaborative research with leading scientists in the fields of exposure science, epidemiology, toxicology and health assessment. Her research has made important contributions to biomonitoring science, including CDC's National Reports on Human Exposure to Environmental Chemicals.
Dr. Calafat earned her PhD in Chemistry in 1989 from the University of the Balearic Islands, Spain. She was a Fulbright Scholar at the Department of Chemistry of Emory University where she completed her postdoctoral training. She joined CDC in 1996.
London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, UK
TitleMethodological and technological advancements in environmental epidemiology
Biography Dr Gasparrini is an Associate Professor in Biostatistics and Epidemiology in the Department of Public Health Environments and Society at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) in the UK. He graduated in Biology at the University of Florence in 2003, then completed a MSc in Biostatistics at the University of Bologna in 2005 and a 3-years post-graduate School of Biometry and Medical Statistics at the University of Milan in 2009. He was awarded a PhD in Medical Statistics at LSHTM in 2011.
Dr Gasparrini’s interests encompass various research areas in epidemiology and public health evaluation, from methodology, applied research, and software development. His methodological work focuses on the development of study designs and statistical methods fro environmental epidemiology. His work has led to the development and extensions of a number of statistical techniques, such as distributed lag models, smoothing methods and meta-analytical methods. He is a strong advocate of open science and reproducible research, and have contributed with the implementation of statistical methods in freely-available software and with the release of tutorials and code in public repositories. His substantive research focuses on the study of associations between environmental stressors, climate, and health. He is the coordinator of the Multi-City Multi-Country (MCC) Collaborative Research Network, an international project that has produced important publications in the area.
His current research includes the development of novel study designs for individual and small-area analyses, use of novel remote sensing and mobile technologies in epidemiology, spatio-temporal modelling of environmental exposures and risks, and health impact projections for climate change.
Ewha Womans University College of Medicine, Korea
TitleChildren’s environmental health — translation from research to practice
Biography Dr. Eun-Hee Ha is a Medical Doctor and Professor at the Ewha Womans University in Seoul, Korea, and was responsible for activities on Mothers and Children's Environment and Health (MOCEH): the first Korean birth cohort and a prospective hospital and community-based cohort study designed to collect information related to environmental exposures (chemical, biological, nutritional, physical, and psychosocial) during pregnancy and childhood and to examine how exposure to environmental pollutants affects growth, development, and disease from 2006 to 2014. Now she is a director of supporting center of national birth cohort study in Korea(KoCHENS:Korean Children’s Environmental Health Study) with Ministry of Environment and National Institute of Environmental Research, Korea.
She trained as a specialist of Preventive Medicine and Occupational and Environmental Medicine at the School of Medicine, Ewha Womans University and was a visiting scholar at the Harvard School of public Health where her work with mothers and children’s Health and environment started. The publications of Dr Ha are mainly in the areas of : The effect of environmental factors on pregnant women’s and children's health.
Lesliam Quiros Alcala
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, USA
TitleEnvironmental Exposures Impacting Vulnerable Populations Around the Globe
Biography Dr. Quirós-Alcalá is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Environmental Health and Engineering at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Prior to joining Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Quirós-Alcalá was an Assistant Professor at the Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health at the University of Maryland. She holds a BSc in Biomedical Engineering and a MSc in Health Protection Engineering from Texas A&M University. Dr. Quirós-Alcalá received her PhD in Environmental Health Sciences from the University of California (UC) at Berkeley under the mentorship of Dr. Brenda Eskenazi. While at UC Berkeley, she also worked at the Center for Environmental Research and Children’s Health (CERCH) where she was responsible for designing and executing a pesticide exposure intervention trial among low-income urban and farmworker children, analyzing exposure and epidemiologic data, ensuring QA/QC of exposure and epidemiologic data collected for the CHAMACOS longitudinal birth cohort, conducting field work, translating scientific materials, and processing biological and environmental samples. She conducted her postdoctoral work at UC Berkeley’s CERCH, where she gained skills in GIS and environmental epidemiology, and helped develop a mobile application to improve exposure assessment methods for a birth cohort study in South Africa. Her current research focuses on characterizing environmental exposures to endocrine disrupting agents in consumer products and evaluating their potential health effects in vulnerable, underrepresented and understudied populations, including children, occupational populations, women of reproductive age, and low-income populations.
Dr. Quirós-Alcalá has served as an expert witness and provided testimony on chemical exposures to the Maryland State Senate based on her experience in exposure science and children’s environmental health. She also recently led an exposure assessment workshop in Central America and is in the Scientific Advisory Board for the Children’s Environmental Health Network. Dr. Quirós-Alcalá has also served in the US EPA Chemical Safety Advisory Committee, as peer reviewer for ATDSR’s Child Care Safe Siting Initiative, and as a Commissioner in the Maryland Governor’s Commission on Environmental Justice and Sustainable Communities. She is also Associate Editor for JESEE and the International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health, and serves as peer reviewer for several journals, including Environmental Health Perspectives, Environment International, Environmental Science and Technology, and Environmental Health.
Dr. Quiros-Alcala has been a member of ISES since 2007 and has held numerous leadership positions within the organization, including leading the Student and New Researchers Committee, serving as Academic Councilor for two terms, and currently serving in the Executive Board as Secretary. She is also a member of ISEE and is part of the ISEE Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) Chapter.
University of California, Los Angeles(UCLA), USA
TitleHealth effects and advances in exposure assessment of pesticides in communities: lessons learned in two decades of research
Biography Beate Ritz, MD, Ph.D., is a Professor of Epidemiology at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health with co-appointments in Environmental Health Sciences and Neurology at the UCLA, School of Medicine; a member of the Center for Occupational and Environmental Health and the California Population Research Center. Her primary research interests are in determining the health effects of occupational and environmental exposures - focusing on air pollution and pesticides and pregnancy and adverse birth outcomes and childhood diseases (autism and asthma) as well as neurodegeneration (Parkinson’s and Alzheimer) and cancers. She has developed geographic information system (GIS) based exposure assessment tools to study health effects of air pollution and long-term pesticide exposures and her lab also makes extensive use of gene-environment and ‘omics’ approaches. She served on multiple National Academy of Sciences IOM committees, the U.S. EPA CASAC panel on Carbon Monoxide; and the Scientific Review Panel on Toxic Air Contaminants for the state of California. She is a recipient of the Robert M. Zweig M.D. Memorial Award (“Clean Air Award”) from the California SCAQMD and was named to the Clarivate List of Highly-Cited Researchers designating the top 1% of all authors in terms of citation by other researchers. She is the currently the President of the International Society of Environmental Epidemiology (ISEE).
National Institute of Environmental Health (NIEH), China CDC
TitleInternal Exposure Levels of Key Environmental Chemicals in Chinese Population
Biography Prof. Xiaoming Shi is an epidemiologist and public health expert in China. He obtained a PhD degree in epidemiology from Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (China CDC) in 2005. Currently, he is Professor and Director of the National Institute of Environmental Health (NIEH), China CDC that is responsible for investigating, monitoring and evaluating health effects of environmental exposures nationally.
His major research interests include environmental hazards and health effects, healthy aging, and the control and prevention of non-communicable diseases (NCDs). He has received a number of grants from the Ministry of Science and Technology of China, National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), and international agencies and organizations. He has also contributed to establish the National Human Bio-monitoring Program of China (China NHBP), which assessed the internal exposure levels of environmental chemicals in Chinese population for the first time. Meanwhile, Prof. Shi is leading a large-scale project systematically assessing the acute health risks of air pollution in China. He and his research group established a cohort study on sub-clinical outcomes of polluted air in China (SCOPA-China Cohort) and a well-designed panel study on biomarkers of air pollutants exposure in the Chinese aged 60-69 (China BAPE). He has extensive experiences working with numerous NCDs and aging studies in Chinese populations. He has published over 180 peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters and books.
Duke Global Health Center, USA
TitleIntegrating Exposure Science, Epidemiology, and Biomedical Sciences towards Personalized Health Management
Biography Junfeng (Jim) Zhang is Professor of Global and Environmental Health at Duke University Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke Global Health Institute, and Duke Kunshan University. Prof. Zhang integrates clinical research, exposure assessment, and epidemiology into natural experimental designs to examine health effects and underlying biological mechanisms of air pollution exposure. This integrative approach has been used in several of his interventional trails not only to evaluate the effectiveness of exposure reduction in improving health outcomes but also to further elucidate the causality of exposure-response relationship. Dr. Zhang authored more than 210 peer-reviewed articles including those published in top medical journals (New England Journal of Medicine, the Lancet, JAMA, etc.) and environmental health science journals. His work has been featured in major media outlets (newspapers, magazines, TVs, and radios) in the US, UK, and China. In 2012, Dr. Zhang received the Jerome Wesolowski Award, the highest honor of the International Society of Exposure Science. In 2013, Dr. Zhang was named Fellow of the AAAS.