2023 Awardees

John Goldsmith Award

Francine Laden, ScD

Francine Laden, ScD, is an environmental epidemiologist, specializing in the study of associations of chronic exposures to air pollution and neighborhood contextual variables with various disease and health outcomes. She has almost 30 years of experience working in the nationwide Harvard cohort studies (Nurses’ Health Study, Nurses’ Health Studies II and 3, Health Professionals’ Follow-up Study and the Growing Up Today Study) where, as the PI of several previous EPA, Komen, and NIH-funded grants, she laid the groundwork for studying geographic-based variables. She also has lead studies of air pollution in the Harvard Six Cities Study and designed and implemented a study of occupational exposures to diesel exhaust in the Trucking Industry Particle Study. She was co-director of an Environmental Health Disparities Center Center for Research on Environmental and Social Stressors in Housing Across the Life Course (CRESSH). She is currently the Director of the NIEHS funded Environmental Epidemiology T32 and am Associate Chair of the Department of Environmental Health and Program Director in the Exposure, Epidemiology and Risk Program in the Department of Environmental Health at the Harvard Chan School.

Tony McMichael Award

Marianthi-Anna Kioumourtzoglou, ScD

Marianthi-Anna Kioumourtzoglou, is an environmental engineer with an ScD in Environmental Health, with minors in Epidemiology and Biostatistics. She has conducted multiple large-scale studies assessing the impact of air pollution exposures on adverse health, including both single- and multi-pollutant approaches and has extensive experience with advanced statistical methods related to air pollution epidemiology, including source apportionment, assessing exposure to air pollution mixtures, and quantifying and correcting for exposure measurement error. Marianthi-Anna also has conducted several air pollution epidemiologic studies using very large administrative/register-based datasets, such as claims of Medicare enrollees across the entire US and the Danish National Registers system, as well as cohort data, such as the Nurses’ Health Study cohorts and the Strong Heart Study. Marianthi-Anna has specific expertise with data science methods to assess the effects of combinations of high-dimensional exposures. As the PI of a PRIME R01 (ES028805), in collaboration with Columbia University’s Data Science Institute, during which she developed novel robust methods for pattern recognition and dimensionality reduction when assessing high-dimensional exposures in health studies. She is the Contact PI of another R01 (ES030616) to develop a novel Bayesian machine learning algorithm to ensemble predictions from existing air pollution models to maximize spatio-temporal predictive accuracy and fully characterize spatio-temporal uncertainty in these predictions. 

Rebecca James Baker Award

Barrak Alahmad, PhD

Barrak is a research fellow in the Exposure, Epidemiology and Risk (EER) Program at the Department of Environmental Health at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and a Mission Scholar from the College of Public Health, Kuwait University. He holds a medical degree from the University of Liverpool, United Kingdom, a Master of Public Health (MPH) from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and a PhD in Population Health Sciences from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Barrak defended his dissertation titled Climate Change & Health: Implications for Inherently Hot Regions and Cardiovascular Health on April 28, 2022.

Barrak works on air quality, climate change & health in the Middle East, specifically the adverse impacts of dust storms and extreme temperatures. He extensively studied the effects of environmental exposures on the health of migrant workers. Barrak's research include a special interest in environmental cardiology and risk assessment. His work was highlighted by professional health organizations such as the World Health Organization (WHO) and the American Heart Association (AHA) as well as many media outlets. In 2022, he was named in the inaugural list of 40 Under 40 Public Health Catalyst Awardees highlighting rising leaders and innovators of the public health field by the Boston Congress of Public Health. Prior to his work at Harvard, he was a physician at the Directorate of Public Health, Ministry of Health, Kuwait.

2023 ISEE Fellows

Michael Abramson
Monash University, Australia
Narges Khanjani
Kerman University of Medical Sciences, Iran
Ho Kim
Seoul National University, Republic of Korea
Adetoun Mustapha
Nigerian Institute of Medical Research, Nigeria

Best Environmental Epidemiology Paper (BEEP) Award

Long-term exposure to low ambient air pollution concentrations and mortality among 28 million people: results from seven large European cohorts within the ELAPSE project
Massimo Stafoggia, PhD, Bente Oftedal, PhD, Jie Chen, PhD, Sophia Rodopoulou, PhD, Matteo Renzi, MSc, Prof Richard W. Atkinson, PhD, et al.

The Lancet Plantery Health, Volume 6, Issue 1, E9-E18, January 2022

LMIC Best Abstract Winners

 Yetunde Adeniyi 
 Impact of exposure to PM2.5 in household air pollution on child neurocognitive development at seven years of age
 Siddartha Mandal
 Long-term exposure to PM2.5 associated with decline in kidney function in a large urban cohort in two Indian cities

SNRN Best Abstract Winners

Student Researchers
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Early Career Researchers
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