November 2018 Newsletter


November 2018   VOLUME XII
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Videos and Abstracts from ISES-ISEE 2018 Now Available Online!

Plenary session videos from the ISES-ISEE 2018 Joint Annual Meeting may be found at the ISEE Global Education Channel and the abstracts are now available here.

ISEE’s CAPE Charts New Territory with a Short Course on Environmental Exposure Assessment in Gurgaon, India

For the first time, ISEE has sponsored a short course on environmental exposure assessment for epidemiology as part of its strategic aim to develop capacity in low and middle income countries. The program ran from Oct 22-26 in partnership with the Public Health Foundation of India and the Centre for Chronic Disease Control who hosted the course at their campus in Gurgaon, India. Organized by Cathryn Tonne on behalf of Capacity Building and Education Committee (CAPE), the course covered basic principles in exposure assessment and topics including exposure assessment for air pollution, thermal extremes, water contamination, pesticides, and biomonitoring. Dr. Tonne was joined by teaching faculty Miranda Loh from the Institute of Occupational Medicine, UK, Laura Beane Freeman from the National Cancer Institute, USA, and Vidhya Venugopal from Sri Ramachandra University, India.

The highly interactive and hands on course provided participants experience in data collection using low-cost air pollution sensors and in developing their own exposure assessment strategy through group projects and presentations. This training provided a valuable opportunity for faculty to learn from participants about environmental health priorities in South Asia, their challenges as researchers working in the area, and how ISEE may further promote research capacity in the region.

Lectures from the course will be made available by CAPE on the ISEE Global Education Channel on Youtube in the coming weeks.

ISEE Chapter News


Eastern Mediterranean 

The Eastern Mediterranean (EM) Chapter held their first meeting at the ISES-ISEE Joint Annual Meeting in Ottawa, Canada on August 26-30, 2018, with two members joining remotely from Jordan. The Chair of the Chapter, Wael Al-Delaimy and Co-Chair Narges Khanjani were joined in-person by Emad Eltahir from Sudan and Roberto Bertollini from Qatar. The group coalesced around the idea to organize a regional conference in Amman, Jordan in April 2019 by raising funds from ISEE and other institutions, such as the Center for Environment and Health Action (affiliated with the WHO), to pay venue and accommodation costs. They also decided to give those not residing and working in the EM region an affiliated membership for their support. One of the group’s main goals is the recruitment of new members which is already off to a great start since the conference.



The ISEE Europe Chapter sends a big thank you to everyone who joined their meeting at ISES-ISEE Ottawa! There the group introduced the current elected committee members, active group of associate members, and the two candidates for the September election. Presentations focused on highlights of chapter activities over the last year ranging from policy, where the group engaged directly with the main ISEE policy committee, to communications and education. They also shared information and photos on the successful and stimulating 3rd European Chapter Early Career Conference in Freisig, Germany, and again thanked those who organized and contributed to the event. This important activity continues to be supported by members at all stages of their career across the chapter, and the group looks forward to planning the next conference. In other news, chapter leadership informed members about the joint Europe Chapter - European Respiratory Society Masterclass on Climate Change being held at parliament in November 2018; discussed membership outreach to less represented countries in Europe; heard from Manolis Kogevinas about the Health Environment Research Agenda (HERA) project; and discussed potential collaborating societies in Europe. The Europe Chapter also had a table at the Committee Fair and are pleased to have recruited a few more enthusiastic associate members to help continue and expand their activities.


North America

ISEE is in the process of forming a new North America Chapter that will focus on research, policy, training , and community engagement issues in the region. Look for more information regarding this chapter soon! In the meantime, we are looking for volunteers to participate in the Interim North America Chapter's policy committee. Please contact George Thurston at if interested.


Student and New Researchers Network (SNRN) Updates

The Student and New Researchers Network (SNRN) welcomed their 2018-2019 steering committee members (Andrés Cardenas, Barrett Welch, Charlie Roscoe, Frauke Hennig, Jiaying Liu, Kelvin Fong, Larissa Pardo, Mariam Girguis. Pi-Debby Lin, Sabah Quraishi, María Elisa Quinteros Cáceres, and Saira Tasmin) who will be working together to promote contact and collaboration among students and new researchers, enable connections between SNRN members and senior researchers, and facilitate the engagement of SNRN members in ISEE activities.

SNRN 2018 ISES-ISEE Joint Conference – Highlights

At this years’ ISES-ISEE joint conference, SNRN organized two discussion panels (one on cross-disciplinary work and the other one on non-academic career paths), a lunchtime seminar on PhD student-supervisor relationships (together with the ethics and philosophy committee), and a networking happy hour. The network thanks the panelists (Sara Adar, Lianne Sheppard, Benjamin Barrett, Jill Baumgartner, Michael Brauer, Kees de Hoogh, Melissa Furlong, Jessie Buckley, Edmund Seto, Sonja Sax, Rebecca Nachman, and Barbara Glenn) for sharing their valuable experiences with students and new researchers and congratulate the 2018 SNRN Abstract- and Poster-Awardees. SNRN also thanks all abstract and poster judges who volunteered their time and provided thoughtful input!

SNRN Member Survey due on December 10, 2018!

To meet the needs of students and new (early career) researchers within the ISEE in the future, SNRN asks their members to provide thoughts and comments regarding future activities via a brief survey. Keep in touch with SNRN through the group’s Twitter feed, LinkedIn page, or by simply sending email to

Cast Your Vote! ISEE Executive Council Elections

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By now all ISEE members should have received an email to vote via the platform. Remember to cast your ballot for President, Secretary/Treasurer, Councillor for Europe, and Councillor for North America by December 14, 2018. If you did not see your email invitation, please check your spam folder. The email was sent via the with the Secretariat’s email address: on or about 11/19/18.


ISEE 2019 in Utrecht, The Netherlands on August 25-28, 2019

The thirty-first Conference of the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology will take place in Utrecht, The Netherlands on August 25-28, 2019 with an anticipated global attendance of approximately 1000 participants. The conference will include academic and government scientists, public health professionals, consultants, and industry representatives. Representation from major international stakeholders such as the World Health Organization, the European Union, the US Environmental Protection Agency, and the US-based Health Effects Institute is also anticipated. To learn more about the conference, click here.

Donating to ISEE with Every Amazon Purchase

As the holiday season approaches, remember that you can donate .5% of your Amazon purchase price to ISEE. To take advantage of this program, simply go to and register to support “International Society for Environmental Epidemiology” before you make your purchases. These donations will go into ISEE’s general account and will be used to improve the services offered by the society.

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