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Your Environment. Your Health.

Global Environmental and Occupational Health (GEOHealth) Network Meeting

September 17, 2020
7:30 a.m. - noon (EDT, UTC/GMT-4:00)
Virtual Meeting

On September 17, 2020, NIEHS and the Fogarty International Center will be hosting a half-day virtual network meeting for Global Environmental and Occupational Health (GEOHealth) program grantees. GEOHealth Principal Investigators are required to attend this annual network meeting. Trainees and other researchers affiliated with the GEOHealth Hubs are strongly encouraged to attend. The meeting site (Zoomgov) will open at 7:30 a.m., however the meeting will not officially begin until 8:00 a.m. EDT.

The GEOHealth program supports institutions in low-or middle-income countries (LMICs), working with U.S. institutions and others in the region, to advance research and training around high priority environmental and occupational health threats. Additional information about the GEOHealth Program can be found through NIH’s Fogarty International Center.

Meeting Goal The goal of this virtual meeting is to provide a forum for GEOHealth Principal Investigators and trainees to share and discuss activities, accomplishments, and challenges in GEOHealth research, research training, and overall GEOHealth Hub development. All GEOHealth Hubs will be expected to give a brief presentation.


Registration is required and limited to current GEOHealth grantees. Please refer to the breakout session information below when registering.

The registration deadline is Monday, September 14, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.
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Breakout Session Information

Time will be set aside for a period of concurrent breakout sessions to allow focused discussions around the following themes. Meeting participants must select one breakout session during the registration process. During the meeting, participants will not be able to move between breakouts. If your group is interested in participating in more than one breakout, you should coordinate with others from your GEOHealth Hub to ensure coverage.

  • Barriers and facilitators to cancer epidemiology in Low- and Middle-Income Countries (LMICs) related to environmental exposures
    • Many environmental and occupational exposures with potentially carcinogenic consequences are found to be at high levels in LMICs. Participants in this breakout will discuss challenges and opportunities associated with cancer epidemiology related to environmental and occupational exposures in LMICs, including opportunities to strengthen GEOHealth coordination and collaboration around studies that address short- and long-term carcinogenic effects.
  • Sex and gender differences in health and disease in response to environmental and occupational exposures
    • Given the burden of environmental and occupational exposures on women’s health globally, this breakout session will focus on research to understand sex and gender differences in global environmental and occupational health, and on opportunities to build and strengthen a diverse research workforce in the field of global environmental and occupational health.
  • Training models and building capacity for environmental and occupational health: lessons learned
    • GEOHealth Hubs have employed a variety of training models, including informal training, degree-related training, mentored research projects, faculty exchanges, and new degree programs. Hubs have supported training in research skills and methods, research leadership, grant and scientific manuscript writing, science policy, etc. Participants in this breakout will discuss challenges, solutions, needs and opportunities to develop and sustain robust research training programs in environmental and occupational health.

American Disabilities Act Accommodations Requests

Individuals with disabilities who need accommodations to participate in this meeting should contact Justin P. Crane at voice telephone: 703-765-0060 ext 114. TTY users should contact the Federal TTY Relay Service at 800-877-8339. Requests should be made at least five business days in advance of this meeting.


For questions that can't be answered by the content of this website, please contact Christine Jessup at 301-496-1653.

For logistical questions, please contact Justin P. Crane at 703-765-0060 ext 114.

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