September 17, 2020
On September 17, 2020, NIEHS and the Fogarty International Center hosted a half-day virtual network meeting for Global Environmental and Occupational Health (GEOHealth) program grantees.
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.
The goal of this virtual meeting was 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.
Breakout Session Information
Time was set aside for a period of concurrent breakout sessions to allow focused discussions around the following themes.
- 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.
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