July 2018 Newsletter



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ISEE Policy Committee Seeks Input

We invite you to submit policy proposals and comments for consideration to the Policy Committee. The Committee provides policymakers and the public with expert opinion on scientific issues related to environmental health and epidemiology. In addition, its members evaluate policy feedback from the ISEE membership, draft policy statements, and make recommendations to the Executive Council. You can learn more about the Committee here. To become involved, please contact the co-chairs Michal Krzyzanowski, mkrzyzan12@gmail.com and Yasushi Honda, honda.yasushi.fn@u.tsukuba.ac.jp.

ISEE Annual Meeting Update


Joint Annual Meeting of the International Society of Exposure Science and the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology (ISES-ISEE 2018): Addressing Complex Local and Global Issues in Environmental Exposure and Health, August 26-30, 2018

The detailed program schedule for the ISES-ISEE 2018 Joint Annual Meeting is now available online and speakers who have been selected for a talk can find their allotted time slot. The meeting will provide numerous opportunities for learning, networking, and socializing. All of these activities and events are open to members of ISES and ISEE as well as non-members.

The program also includes Joint ISES-ISEE Student and New Researcher (SNR) breakfast sessions on Monday, August 27 and Wednesday, August 29, as well as Joint ISES-ISEE SNR Happy Hour on Wednesday, August 29. Finally, both ISES and ISEE are hosting SNR lunch events, with the ISES Mentorship Program on Tuesday, August 28 and the ISEE SNRN and Ethics and Philosophy Committee Session on Wednesday, August 29.

What else can you expect during the ISES-ISEE 2018 Joint Annual Meeting? 

  • Pre-Conference Courses on Sunday August 26 (both half and full day courses are available on the website now)
  • Plenary speakers from Sunday through Thursday addressing diverse topics
  • Welcome Reception featuring Spirit of Dance, a mix of Pow Wow dance, drumming and contemporary hoop dance performed by Aboriginal Experiences on Sunday August 26
  • Student Poster Competition on Sunday and Monday August 26-27
  • Women’s Networking Event on Monday August 27 (fully booked)
  • Conference Dinner at the National Arts Centre on Tuesday August 28 (fully booked)
  • Technology and Sensor Fair and Chapters and Committees Fair on Wednesday August 29
  • Social events including outdoor activities, a research incubator, local tours, and more!


ISEE Partners with AGU to Further Advance Environmental Health Science

The ISEE has partnered with the American Geophysical Union (AGU) to facilitate novel multidisciplinary collaborations to address environmental health challenges. AGU’s growing GeoHealth Program is preparing for its first year of programming at their annual Fall Meeting in Washington, D.C. on December 10-14, 2018. AGU is seeking to engage scholars and practitioners beyond their traditional geosciences audience and promote collaboration with allied disciplines, including environmental epidemiology.

As part of this partnership, ISEE members can benefit from special access to the following:

  • Attendance to our 2018 Fall Meeting at the AGU member rate without needing to become a member of AGU;
  • Submit an abstract to one of the GeoHealth sessions, which normally requires an AGU membership. ISEE members (who are not AGU members) must contact the AGU Member Service Center by email (service@agu.org) or by calling +1 800.966.2481 (toll-free in North America) or +1 202.462.6900 by to request log-in credentials in order to submit an abstract to a GeoHealth session.

If you have questions, please contact Mark Shimamoto, GeoHealth Program Manager at AGU or the ISEE Secretariat.


New EPIDEMIOLOGY Collection for ISEE Commentaries

Did you miss one of our @ISEE_Global commentaries published in EPIDEMIOLOGY? Thought leaders have recently shared their views on big data, science and politics at the U.S. EPA, climate change, building healthy and resilient cities, the VW diesel scandal, the water scandal in Flint, Michigan, and a call for consequential environmental epidemiology. View the complete list of commentaries here. If you have ideas or want to submit a commentary for publication, contact Greg Wellenius at gregory_wellenius@brown.edu.


ENVIRONMENTAL EPIDEMIOLOGY Update from Professor Bert Brunekreef

We are delighted to report that ENVIRONMENTAL EPIDEMIOLOGY is off to a great start! We finished 2017 with 20 submissions and already have received 24 for 2018. Of 24 submissions received in 2018, 13 were from the U.S., two from Canada, four from Denmark, two from China, and one each from South Africa, Greece and France. Eight were accepted, six rejected, and 10 are still under review. Since launching ENVIRONMENTAL EPIDEMIOLOGY we have published three consolidated issues, with the most recent issue having eight contributions. In view of the strong submission rate, we will increase the number of issues from four to six per year, starting in 2019. Remember that ISEE members receive a significant discount on publication costs and all articles are open access. We look forward to receiving your contributions.

Professor Bert Brunekreef, Editor-in-Chief

ISEE Chapter News


LAC Chapter Update - Online Course in Environmental Epidemiology in Spanish!

The Latin America and Caribbean Chapter of the ISEE, in collaboration with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and coordinated by the Instituto Nacional de Salud Publica, Mexico, developed an online Environmental Epidemiology course in Spanish. The course is hosted on the Public Health Virtual Campus of PAHO (https://www.campusvirtualsp.org/en/self-learning-courses) and is intended to contribute to the development of capacity on environmental epidemiology among Latin American public health professionals. It is also open to anyone interested in the field, however it is being mainly disseminated to professionals of the health sector, academic institutions, and students of correlated areas. In the first six months, more than 3500 students from 24 LAC countries have registered for the course. The alliance among several organizations and researchers motivated the creation of the course, and will help to strengthen capacity and further development of Environmental Epidemiology in the LAC region. For more information, please go to LAC Chapter.


North America Interim Chapter Meeting for North America Members at the ISES-ISEE Joint Annual Meeting

We are pleased to announce a lunch time (12:30 pm – 1:45 pm) information and discussion session at the ISES-ISEE Joint Annual Meeting in Ottawa on Wednesday, August 29, 2018, in room 206 of the Shaw Center. We hope you can attend this inaugural session! 


 Welcome our New Africa Chapter

The newly formed Africa Chapter just completed some major milestones including the formal adoption of its by-laws and electing its executive council. We want to congratulate Dr Adetoun Mustapha who was elected to chair this committee. The Africa Chapter includes all 47 countries that correspond to the WHO African Region and welcomes members from these countries, and people who conduct research in the region. Its mission is to promote contact between and action by Africa members on matters related to environmental health, to strengthen epidemiological research and capacity development in environmental health and to improve public health outcomes in Africa. It’s primary aims are to identify major environmental health problems in the region, promote environmental epidemiology and collaboration in the region, and to interact with organizations and translate research findings into timely and effective policy frameworks.  

Interested in Joining Another ISEE Chapter?

If you wish to be affiliated with a chapter outside of your current country of residence, please update your ISEE membership profile by signing into your ISEE account, then going to Member Resources/My Account Information. Update your Country of Origin under the About Me tab/Individual Demographics. Sign in here.

New Privacy Policy to Comply with General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

You may be aware that the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into effect across the European Union (EU) on May 25, 2018. GDPR is a legal framework that sets standards for collecting and processing personal data of EU citizens and residents. ISEE has updated our privacy policy to comply with this new regulation. View the complete Privacy Policy statement.

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