Welcome to the first issue of the NIEHS Global Environmental Health (GEH) newsletter!
Why this? From its founding, NIEHS has recognized that our core mission of advancing environmental health science is integral to understanding and solving global health problems. A critical part of that is communication, which is the impetus for this bi-monthly newsletter. Our goal in bringing you this newsletter is to provide information about the NIEHS scientific, policy, training, and outreach investment and activities in GEH that is current, credible, and in context. We hope that by describing the many research projects and other activities that make up the institute’s commitment to GEH and putting them into a larger context, we can increase environmental health understanding and capacity to create effective public health collaborations and interventions. We’ll be sharing stories about projects and people across the NIEHS and its partners. We’ll also be highlighting funding opportunities, training programs, and important events and resources for GEH.
When NIEHS principal researcher Stephanie London, M.D., Dr.P.H., began designing a large study of childhood asthma, she chose to conduct it in one of the most air polluted, ozone-laden places in the world—Mexico City. “Asthma is one the most common chronic disease of childhood, and it affects those who suffer from it throughout their lifespan,” says London, who heads NIEHS’ Genetics, Environment and Respiratory Disease Group. But, she says, no matter where it’s done, the work is both critical and applicable around the world. "The more we understand asthmas’ causes and the genetic variations that make some children more susceptible than others, the better we’ll be able to prevent and treat it."
The rising demand for westernized products and changing food practices in developing countries may be accompanied by a rise in exposure to endocrine disruptors like bisphenol A (BPA), according to research in Egypt by Dana Dolinoy, Ph.D., an NIEHS grantee and assistant professor in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences at the University of Michigan School of Public Health (UM SPH).
- In-home solid fuel use and cardiovascular disease: a cross-sectional analysis of the Shanghai Putuo study. Mi-Sun Lee, Jing-qing Hang, Feng-ying Zhang, He-lian Dai, Li Su and David C Christiani. Environmental health : a global access science source (2012) v. 11 pp. 18. [Abstract]
- The impact of heat waves on mortality in seven major cities in Korea. Ji-Young Son, Jong-Tae Lee, G. Brooke Anderson, Michelle L. Bell. Environmental Health Perspectives. 2012 April; 120(4): 566–571. [Abstract]
- Indoor air pollutants and health in the United Arab Emirates. Karin B. Yeatts, Mohamed El-Sadig, David Leith, William Kalsbeek, Fatma Al-Maskari, David Couper, William E. Funk, Taoufik Zoubeidi, Ronna L. Chan, Chris B. Trent, Christopher A. Davidson, Maryanne G. Boundy, Maamoon M. Kassab,7 Mohamed Y. Hasan, Ivan Rusyn, Jacqueline MacDonald Gibson, and Andrew F. Olshan. Environmental Health Perspectives. 2012 May; 120(5):687-94. Epub 2012 Feb 3. [Abstract]
- Conducting environmental health research in the Arabian Middle East: lessons learned and opportunities. Karin B. Yeatts, Mohamed El-Sadig, Habiba I. Ali, Fatma Al-Maskari, Alan Campbell, Shu Wen Ng, Lisa Reeves, Ronna L. Chan, Christopher A. Davidson, William E. Funk, Maryanne G. Boundy, David Leith, Barry Popkin, Jacqueline MacDonald Gibson, Ivan Rusyn, and Andrew F. Olshan. Environmental Health Perspectives. 2012 May;120(5):632-6. Epub 2012 Jan 19. [Abstract]
Training & Capacity Building
IOM-PAHO-IAMP-NIEHS GEHSD Fall Webinar Series
The Institute of Medicine (IOM), Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Interacademy Medicine Panel, and the NIEHS Global Environmental Health Program are hosting a series of webinars in the Fall of 2012:
- Webinar 1: Understanding the Post-2015 United Nations Process and Opportunities for Health
October 18, 2012 11:00am – 12:30pm EST
- Webinar 2: Clarifying the Relationship between the MDGs and SDGs
November 15, 2012 11:00am – 12:30pm EST
- Webinar 3: Making Linkages between Sustainable Development, Equity, and Social Justice
December 20, 2012 11:00am – 12:30pm EST
October 28, 2012- November 1, 2012
The International Society of Exposure Science 22nd Annual Meeting, Lessons Learned: Contributions of Exposure Science to Environmental and Occupational Health
3rd All Africa Congress on Environmental Health
Durban, South Africa
November 12-14, 2012
Contact: Selva Mudaly, SAIEH (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The International Federation of Environmental Health (IFEH) Africa and South African Institute of Environmental Health (SAIEH) are organizing the 3rd All Africa Congress on Environmental Health, Environmental Health—A Collaborative Approach for Africa towards A Sustainable Future
UN Climate Change Conference
November 26- December 7, 2012
The 2012 UN Climate Change Conference, which goes by the acronyms COP 18/CMP 8, is the 18th Conference of Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, and the 8th Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol.
American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting
San Francisco, CA
December 3-7, 2012
The American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting is expected to attract more than 20,000 Earth and space scientists, educators, students, and other leaders and will feature three themes: (1) Characterizing Uncertainty, (2) Dust and Aerosols, and (3) Subduction.
American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting
January 6-10, 2013
The 93rd American Meteorological Society (AMS) Annual Meeting, Taking Predictions to the Next Level: Expanding Beyond Today's Weather, Water, and Climate Forecasting and Projections
Consortium of Universities for Global Health
March 14 - 16, 2013
The theme for the 4th Annual Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) Annual Meeting is Global Health: Innovation | Implementation | Impact.