Morning Sessions

The following early morning sessions which will be held from 8:00 - 8:50. Registration is not required.

Greener cities, healthier people - Mark Nieuwenhuijsen

Mark J Nieuwenhuijsen PhD is a world leading expert in environmental exposure assessment, epidemiology, and health risk/impact assessment with a strong focus and interest on healthy urban living.  He has experience and expertise in areas of all cause mortality, respiratory and cardiovascular disease, mental health and cognitive function, cancer and reproductive health, and exposure measurement and modelling of indoor and outdoor air pollution, green space, UV exposure, noise, temperature and physical activity, using new technology such as GIS, smartphones, personal sensors and remote sensing. He is currently PI on the EC funded HELIX (http://www.projecthelix.eu/), that examines the early life exposome and childhood diseases, EC funded EXPOsOMICs (http://www.exposomicsproject.eu/) that examines the air pollution and water exposome and health, the EC funded PASTA study (http://www.pastaproject.eu), which promotes active transportation through sustainable transport, and the EC funded BlueHealth project evaluating the relationship between blue space and Health.  He worked at the University of California, David, USA is Imperial College London UK and is now professor at ISGlobal, Barcelona, Spain.  He edited 3 textbooks on exposure assessment and environmental epidemiology and has coauthored more than 350 peer reviewed papers.

Integrated health impact assessment of environmental stressors: concepts and methods (in pills) - Carla Ancona & Danielle Vienneau

Carla Ancona is a Senior Epidemiologist at the Department of Epidemiology of the Lazio Regional Health Service in Rome, Italy. She deals mainly with environmental epidemiology, participating in national and international research projects related to air and noise pollution, industrially contaminated sites, waste, and Health Impact Assessment. She has also participated in teaching activities in epidemiological courses in Italy and abroad. She was and elected member of the Italian Association of Epidemiology Secretariat 2011-2012 and a co-Chair of the XXVIII edition of the Conference of the International Society Environmental Epidemiology, Rome 2016. She has a biology degree with honors and a specialty diploma with honors in Medical Statistics at the Sapienza University of Rome as well as an International Master in HTA from Catholic University of Rome. In 2002, she completed an internship of four months at the AETMIS  Montreal, Quebec.

Danielle Vienneau, PhD is a geospatial environmental epidemiologist in the Environmental Exposures and Health Unit at Swiss TPH, Basel Switzerland. She has extensive experience in environmental health research, with an emphasis on spatial modelling of environmental pollution sources (e.g. noise, air pollution, pesticides, greenspace) and human interactions. Working at the interface between environmental exposures and health effects, she has conducted numerous exposure assessment studies, and has been involved in various epidemiological and health risk assessment studies on noise and air pollution in Switzerland and Europe. She was a key researcher in the SiRENE (Short and long term effects of transportation noise) study working with the Swiss National Cohort (SNC), and further used the SNC to investigate mortality in Switzerland in relation to other exposures including radon, residential and occupational UV, light at night, and greenspaces.  

New frontiers for environmental epidemiology in a big data world - Roel Vermeulen

Dr. Roel Vermeulen is a Professor of Environmental Epidemiology and Exposome Science at the Institute for Risk Assessment Sciences (IRAS), Utrecht University and at the Julius Center for Health Sciences and Primary Care, University Medical Center Utrecht, The Netherlands. He is the director of the International Exposome Center (I3CARE), and co-chair of the Personalized Health and Medicine Program of Utrecht Life Sciences at Utrecht University. He previously held positions at the National Cancer Institute, USA.
 
His scientific research focuses on environmental risk factors for cancer and neurological diseases with a strong emphasis on integrating epidemiology, high quality exposure assessment, and molecular biology into multidisciplinary investigations. One of the current research areas is the exploration of new methods for quantifying the external and internal exposome. He is the PI of several large case-control and prospective (biobank) studies in occupational and the general population. Dr. Roel Vermeulen has served on many international committees including including the WHO and the National Toxicology Program in the US. He is a member of the Dutch Expert Committee for Occupational Standards of the Dutch Health council. He was elected chair of the International Commission on Occupational Health (ICOH), Scientific Committee on Epidemiology in Occupational Health (EPICOH) in 2015. He has published over 400 publications.

The blackbox opened? Microbiota and child health, methods, challenges and results - Merete Eggesbø

Dr. Merete Eggesbø is an environmental epidemiologist with expertise in reproductive health and adverse effects of environmental chemicals and gut microbiota.
She is the PI of the prospective NoMIC birth cohort, one of the first birth cohorts designed specifically to study gut microbiota in early life and child health, as well as the PI of the HUMIS study which aims at exploring the role of persistent toxicants and health. The cohorts encompass more than 2600 children and an extensive longitudinal data collection. Publications from the research group she leads are so far are on the role of persistent toxicants, as well as the role of antibiotics, cesarean delivery and the composition of gut microbiota in early life, for child health.

Using small area data for environmental epidemiology studies: what, why and how? - Pippa Douglas & Aina Roca-Barceló

Pippa Douglas is a Research Fellow at the National heart and Lung Institute, funded via an MRC-PHE centre for Environment and Health fellowship. She is particularly interested in potential associations of respiratory disease with biological air pollution exposure in studies of people living near anthropogenic sources of biological air pollution. Prior to her fellowship, Pippa worked in the Small Area Health Statistics Unit where she gained extensive experience in environmental epidemiology, exposure assessment, and handling large routine health data. She received her PhD in air pollution monitoring and modelling from Cranfield University in 2014, focussing on bioaerosol emissions from composting facilities.

Aina Roca-Barceló is trained in Biomedical Sciences at the “Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (UAB)”.  She holds a Master’s in Health Promotion by the “Universitat de Girona (UdG)”, Spain. After one-year of work experience in a molecular biology laboratory in Bergen, Norway, Aina developed a keen interest in cancer research and worked as a Research Assistant at the Girona Cancer Registry in Spain. She remained in that position for one year and then moved to the Small Area Health Statistics Unit (SAHSU) at the Imperial College of London, UK where she is currently working as a Research Assistant in Epidemiology. Her research interests are in environmental health, specially related to non-communicable diseases and small area data.

The deep secrets of getting your paper published - Mark Nieuwenhuijsen

Mark J Nieuwenhuijsen PhD is a world leading expert in environmental exposure assessment, epidemiology, and health risk/impact assessment with a strong focus and interest on healthy urban living.  He has experience and expertise in areas of all cause mortality, respiratory and cardiovascular disease, mental health and cognitive function, cancer and reproductive health, and exposure measurement and modelling of indoor and outdoor air pollution, green space, UV exposure, noise, temperature and physical activity, using new technology such as GIS, smartphones, personal sensors and remote sensing. He is currently PI on the EC funded HELIX (http://www.projecthelix.eu/), that examines the early life exposome and childhood diseases, EC funded EXPOsOMICs (http://www.exposomicsproject.eu/) that examines the air pollution and water exposome and health, the EC funded PASTA study (http://www.pastaproject.eu), which promotes active transportation through sustainable transport, and the EC funded BlueHealth project evaluating the relationship between blue space and Health.  He worked at the University of California, David, USA is Imperial College London UK and is now professor at ISGlobal, Barcelona, Spain.  He edited 3 textbooks on exposure assessment and environmental epidemiology and has coauthored more than 350 peer reviewed papers.