NIEHS health scientist administrator Abee Boyles, Ph.D., recently attended the 10th National Conference on Environmental Chemistry, held at Nankai University in Tianjin, China, on Aug. 15 – 19, 2019. Boyles presented a keynote talk entitled “How Climate and Weather Extremes Affect Human Health: A Scientific Update.” Boyles is the program officer for the NIEHS climate change portfolio, and her talk served as an overview of research on the health impacts of climate change supported by NIEHS, which kicked off the “Global Climate Change and Environmental Health” session of the conference. The 3 ½-day conference was well attended and allowed for engagement with other invited speakers including some NIEHS grantees and editors of environmental health journals.
On Aug. 27 – 28, the National Natural Sciences Foundation of China (NSFC) held an NSFC-NIH Joint Review and Future Planning Meeting for U.S.-China Program for Biomedical Collaborative Research at the NSFC headquarters in Beijing. NSFC and NIH program staff from multiple participating NIH Institutes and Centers discussed applications to the Request for Applications (RFA) and identified research projects reviewed favorably by both the NIH and the NSFC that are mutually beneficial to both agencies’ research priorities. Boyles participated in the meeting on behalf of NIEHS by summarizing the critiques of the proposals and negotiating an agreement on which applications to fund.