September 2018 Newsletter


September 2018   VOLUME XI
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Submit your Nominations for ISEE Leadership by September 23, 2018!

The ISEE Nominations Committee is seeking nominations from active ISEE members for four posts at the ISEE Executive Council:

  • President (2019-2022)
  • Secretary/Treasurer (2019-2020 + renewal 2021-2022)
  • Councillor for Europe (2019-2021)
  • Councillor for North America (2019-2021)

Nominations should be emailed to the to the ISEE secretariat by September 23, 2018 with the subject line: Nomination(s). For more information click here.

Record-breaking ISES-ISEE Annual Conference in Ottawa, August 26-29, 2018


The 2018 Joint Annual Meeting of the International Society of Exposure Science and the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology (ISES-ISEE 2018) was held in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada on August 26-30, 2018. This year’s conference saw record levels of participation, totaling 1960 registrants, from members of both organizations, presenting a unique opportunity for interaction and collaboration on a range of interdisciplinary scientific and social issues relating to global environmental exposure and health. The presidents of both societies thank this year’s conference chairs: Verónica Vieira, Audrey Smargiassi, Angelika Zidek, and Markey Johnson for their leadership and many months of hard work. They also recognized the contributions of the members of the Technical Organizing Committee, reviewers, and organizers of symposia, and the generosity of sponsors that helped to make the conference possible.

ISEE Award Winners

ISEE supports three major awards that recognize members of the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology for their significant contributions to the field as well as awards for Best Environmental Epidemiology Paper (BEEP) published in the previous year, outstanding new researchers’ abstracts, and outstanding student posters.

You can learn more about this year’s recipients of our society’s awards here.


EPIDEMIOLOGY Commentary: A City Health Department’s View on Preventing Heat-Related Deaths - Equal Access to Air Conditioning

This commentary, sponsored by the ISEE, appeared in EPIDEMIOLOGY on August 1, 2018. The authors, Kazuhiko Ito, Kathryn Lane, and Carolyn Olson from the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, found that approximately 60 percent of deaths due to heat stroke between 2008-2011 could potentially have been prevented with healthy indoor temperatures. The commentary discusses the disproportionate mortality impacts of heat in high-poverty neighborhoods and potential interventions (including equitable access to air conditioning) for minimizing the adverse health impacts of heat in the future. Click here to view the full article.


Share your Environmental Epidemiology Course Offerings with the Capacity Building and Education Committee (CAPE)!

CAPE compiles educational materials and maintains the ISEE Global Education You Tube Channel. The Committee is requesting your help to add to the list of courses that can be shared with members. To submit your course information, please click here.

ISEE Chapter News


LAC Chapter involved in Alternative World Water Forum (FAMA)

The ISEE LAC Chapter was actively involved in the organization of the Alternative World Water Forum (FAMA) that took place in Brasilia, Brazil, on March 17-19, 2018. This Forum was an international event that gathered researchers, organizations, and representatives of social movements who have been involved in the defense of water as a fundamental right to life. Some of the topics that were discussed in FAMA included the democratic access to water, struggle against the privatization of reservoirs and other water sources, water sanitation, public policies to socially control the water use, and protection of the environment. A symposium on Environmental Health in FAMA was led by LAC Chapter members.


Formation of North America Chapter in Progress

The formation of an ISEE North American Chapter is moving forward under the guidance of a dedicated group led by George Thurston. Stay tuned for updates! If you want to get involved, email Dr. Thurston.

Save the date for the 31st ISEE Conference!

ISEE’s next annual conference will take place on August 25-28, 2019 in the historic city of Utrecht, the Netherlands. The meeting theme is “On Airs, Waters, Places” in recognition of what was probably the first surviving text on environmental health, written by Hippocrates of Kos some 400 years B.C.E., convening in a city which was founded by the Romans about 2,000 years ago.

Want to stay informed? Please visit the conference website and sign up for the newsletter. Looking forward to meeting you in Utrecht!

Bert Brunekreef, Ulrike Gehring & Gerard Hoek (conference co-chairs)

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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