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RSV: Uncovering Gene-Environment Interactions

doctor and child in Argentine hospital

Almost everyone has been exposed to the respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) by age 2. For most people, mild symptoms, such as a cold, may result. But the virus can also trigger severe respiratory disease, including acute lower respiratory infections like bronchiolitis and pneumonia, in children and adults. RSV causes 3.4 million episodes of illness severe enough to require hospitalization per year, according to the World Lung Foundation, and results in the deaths of 200,000 infants per year, mostly in developing countries. There is no vaccine.

GEH Chat

Climate Change: An African Perspective

The GEH podcast series brings to you the knowledge and experiences of people working to understand and combat environmental health problems that reach beyond national boundaries and contribute to the global burden of disease. The newest podcast features Dr. Gueladio Cisse, of the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, a panelist at the recent Consortium of Universities for Global Health Conference, explaining how aspects of climate change threaten to further exacerbate health inequalities in Africa. 

Podcasts: Global Environmental Health Chat

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Science Spotlight

Long-term Respiratory Health Effects in Textile Workers

Shanghai Textile Worker

Globally, more than 60 million people work in the textile or clothing industry and are at risk of occupational lung disease from exposure to hazardous dust (Forstater, 2010 ). In a recent review, Peggy Lai, M.D., M.P.H., an instructor in medicine at Harvard Medical School and a research associate in the Department of Environmental Health at the Harvard School of Public Health, evaluated the respiratory health effects of occupational exposure to cotton and other organic dusts.

Training & Capacity Building

Creating Research Opportunities in Mongolia


A world leader in child health and regenerative medicine, David Warburton, D.Sc., M.D., is working on an NIEHS-supported grant to build an environmental health training and research program studying the effects of air pollution across the lifespan in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Warburton is the director of the Developmental Biology and Regenerative Medicine Program and vice department chair of pediatric surgery at the Children's Hospital Los Angeles.

Other Research

Funding Opportunities


  • What the United States Has to Gain from Global Health Research
    Director of Fogarty International Center, Dr. Roger Glass, discusses what the US has to gain from its leadership role in global health research.
  • NIH and Global Health Funding
    Q&A with Dr. Sally Rockey, NIH Deputy Director for extramural research, on why NIH funds global health research and advice for foreign applicants
  • New NIH Global Health Funding Tool: World Report
    Hosted by the NIH, World Report is an illustrative mapping database system designed to facilitate communication and coordination of biomedical research funded by major government agencies and philanthropic organizations around the world.
  • Climate Extremes, Regional Impacts, and the Case for Resilience
    According to the World Bank, without tackling climate change, it will not be possible to end extreme global poverty by 2030. This report highlights the scenarios that the world could face by the end of the century if concerted action is not taken now.
  • Infographic on Heat Extremes and Regional Impacts
    Commissioned by the World Bank, this infographic is part of the report “Turn Down the Heat,” and highlights how rising temperatures due to climate change will affect 3 most vulnerable regions of the world- Sub Saharan Africa, South Asia, and South East Asia.
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    Cooking, Not Killing
    Indoor air pollution is a major health risk in the developing world. Exposure to smoke from traditional means of cooking over open fires causes 1.9 million premature deaths annually, with women and children being most vulnerable. The use of clean cook stoves can help clean the air and alleviate this problem.

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The 13th International Conference on Health Impact Assessment

Geneva, Switzerland
October 2-4, 2013

Multilateral Initiative on Malaria (MIM) Pan-African Malaria Conference

Durban, South Africa
October 6-11, 2013

Diplomatic Conference for the Minamata Convention on Mercury

Kumamoto, Japan
October 7-11, 2013

World Health Summit

Berlin, Germany
October 20-22, 2013

American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting

Boston, PA
November 2-6, 2013

COP19/CMP9 UN Climate Change Conference

Warsaw, Poland
November 11-22, 2013

MHealth Summit

Washington, D.C.
December 8-11, 2013