Keynote Speakers

Epidemiology to Inform Public Policy Decisions
18 September 2023, 09:30-10:15

Chien-Jen Chen

Premier, Executive Yuan, Republic of China (Taiwan) (2023-now)

Chien-Jen Chen is an epidemiologist recognized for his work on long-term health hazards of environmental agents including arsenic and oncogenic viruses. He is known particularly for his studies on health risk assessment of arsenic in drinking water that has led WHO and US EPA to set up a new maximal contamination level to protect global health, and on cancer risk calculators for chronic infection of hepatitis viruses, Epstein-Barr virus and human papillomavirus. Chen was born in Kaohsiung City and grew up in Taipei City in Taiwan. He graduated from National Taiwan University with a BSc degree in zoology and a MPH degree in public health and from Johns Hopkins University in 1982 with a ScD in epidemiology and human genetics. He joined the faculty of National Taiwan University College of Medicine in 1977. He was the founding director of Graduate Institute of Epidemiology and dean of College of Public Health of National Taiwan University and vice president of Academia Sinica. He has been president of the Taiwan Public Health Association and of the Taiwan Epidemiological Association and is a member of Academia Sinica and World Academy of Sciences and a foreign associate of National Academy of Sciences.

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Addressing Multi-Risks: Innovative Approaches Are Probably Required
18 September 2023, 10:15-11:00

Yun-Chul Hong

Seoul National University College of Medicine, Republic of Korea 

Yun-Chul Hong graduated from Seoul National University College of Medicine in South Korea and obtained three specialty board certificates of family medicine, preventive medicine, and occupational & environment medicine. Currently, he is the chair of the Department of Preventive Medicine at Seoul National University College of Medicine. He has published more than 270 research articles and commentaries in the international academic journals since 1996. Recently, he co-chaired a book writing “Atmospheric Pollution in the Asia Pacific: Science-based Solutions” with the support of the UN Environment. He is a member of the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology, the Korean Academy of Medical Sciences, the Korean Academy of Science and Technology, and a policy advisor to the World Health Organization. He published a book entitled The Origin of Diseases (Nova Science Pub Inc) in 2015, which provides a novel perspective on the way of understanding why we have diseases. Now he published another book entitled "The Changing Era of Diseases", which elaborate how we conquer diseases and address the challenging issues we will face in the future.

Future of Environmental Epidemiology
19 September 2023, 08:30-09:15

Zorana Jovanovic Andersen

Department of Public Health, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Zorana Jovanovic Andersen is a Professor in Environmental Epidemiology at the Department of Public Health, University of Copenhagen, and Chair of the European Respiratory Society (ERS) Environment and Health Committee. She has studied links between air pollution and health including cardiometabolic and respiratory diseases, cancer, and most recently with dementia and mental health. Her other areas of research include health effects of road traffic noise, interaction between air pollution and physical activity, air pollution and COVID-19, and capacity building in environmental epidemiology in Eastern Europe. Prof. Andersen is passionate about advocacy on clean air and translation of knowledge from research on health effects of air pollution to policy makers at local, national, European and global level, as an active member of the Air Pollution Expert Group in Copenhagen Municipality, Danish Council for Disease Prevention, Policy Committee of the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology (ISEE), ISEE Council, International Network on Policy in Epidemiology, and WHO Global Air Pollution and Health Technical Advisory Group. She has recently received ERS mid-career Gold-Medal in Epidemiology and Environment.

Environmental Health in Latin America: Challenges, evidences and actions
19 September 2023, 09:15-10:00

Nelson Gouveia

University of Sao Paulo Medical School, Brazil

Nelson Gouveia has a degree in Medicine (1986) from the Federal University of São Paulo, Brazil and an MSc in Epidemiology (1993) and a PhD in Public Health (1998) from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine of the University of London, UK. He is currently Professor at the Department of Preventive Medicine of the University of São Paulo Medical School where he teachs basic epidemiologic methods to graduate medical students and environmental epidemiology to post-graduate students. His research interests includes a wide variety of environmental exposures and its health effects such as ambient air pollution and climate change, and the utilization of geographic information systems (GIS) for exposure modeling in environmental epidemiology. He is also interested in the application of results from epidemiologic studies in the public health policy arena. (Source: Lattes Curriculum)
Environment, Health, and Justice: The Power of Communities and Interdisciplinary Science
20 September 2023, 08:45-09:30

Ana Navas-Acien

Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, USA

Ana Navas-Acien, MD, PhD is a Professor of Environmental Health Sciences at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. Her research investigates the health effects of environmental exposures (metals, tobacco smoke, e-cigarettes, air pollution), molecular pathways and gene-environment interactions, and effective interventions for reducing involuntary exposures and their health effects, with the goal of improving people’s health and advance environmental justice. She trained in Medicine obtaining her MD from the University of Granada, Spain, and completed her residency training in Preventive Medicine and Public Health at the Hospital La Paz, Madrid and her PhD in Epidemiology at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD. She is recognized for bridging medical and environmental health sciences using a participatory approach. She directs the Columbia University Northern Plains Superfund Research Program, a center that integrates science, technology, and traditional knowledge to protect the Northern Plains water resources and Indigenous communities from hazardous metal exposures.
Racial disparities in personal care products and environmental endocrine disrupting chemicals
20 September 2023, 09:30-10:15

Tamarra James-Todd

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, USA

Dr. Tamarra James-Todd is an environmental reproductive epidemiologist researching the role of environmental chemicals on women’s health across the reproductive life course. She directs the Environmental Reproductive Justice (ERJ) Lab, which seeks to investigate and improve adverse environmental exposure and reproductive health disparities. Dr. James-Todd’s work specifically focuses on the importance of pregnancy as a sensitive window of consumer product and environmental chemical exposures.

Dr. James-Todd is also the Director of the Organics Core for the Harvard Chan NIEHS Center, where she launched the Environmental Justice Bootcamp in collaboration with two other NIEHS-funded P30 Centers. She is the Principal Investigator of multiple NIEHS funded R01 grants, focusing on endocrine disrupting chemicals and adverse maternal health outcomes during pregnancy, postpartum and mid-life in the ERGO study and Project Viva. She is the Principal Investigator for the Community Engagement Core of the Metals and Metal Mixtures: Cognitive Aging, Remediation, and Exposure Sources (MEMCARE) P42 Superfund Research Center as well. In addition, Dr. James-Todd is running interventions to improve environmental health literacy both in the lay community, as well as among health care professionals.

She has been awarded the Estrellita and Yosuf Karsh Visiting Professorship in Women’s Health for her research in environmental reproductive health and has served on the EPA’s Scientific Advisory Board for the Chemical Assessment Advisory Committee, two National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s committees and the March of Dimes Environmental Justice Working Group.


ISEE John Goldsmith Award Lecture
21 September 2023, 08:30-09:15

Francine Laden

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Dr. Francine Laden is Professor of Environmental Epidemiology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and an Associate Professor of Medicine at the Harvard Medical School and the Brigham & Women’s Hospital. Dr. Laden received her ScD in Epidemiology and MS in Environmental Health from the Harvard School of Public Health.

Her research interests focus on the environmental epidemiology of chronic diseases, including cancer, respiratory and cardiovascular disease. Her research has or is concentrated on the following categories of exposures: air pollution (from ambient and occupational sources), persistent organic pollutants (POPs; organochlorines), secondhand smoke, and the contextual environment (e.g. built environment and green spaces). She is specifically interested in the geographic distribution of disease risk, incorporating geographic information system technology into large cohort studies to explore risk factors such as the built environment and indicators of socioeconomic status, as well as air pollution. She has published key papers on the association of ambient particulate matter and all cause and cardiovascular mortality in the landmark Harvard Six Cities Study and the Nurses’ Health Study and on the association of diesel exhaust exposures and lung cancer mortality in the trucking industry.

She is currently Co-Director of the Harvard and Boston University Environmental Disparities Center: Center for Research on Environmental and Social Stressors in Housing Across the Life Course (CRESSH). The mission of the Center is to study environmental health disparities in low-income communities and throughout Massachusetts. Dr. Laden is a past member of the EPA Science Advisory Board, Past President of the International Society of Environmental Epidemiology, and the Associate Chair of the Department of Environmental Health at the Harvard Chan School.

Progress on Protecting Maternal and Child Health from Environmental Contaminants
21 September 2023, 09:15-10:00

Jun Zhang

Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Public Health
Senior Investigator, Ministry of Education Key Laboratory of Children’s Environmental Health, China

Jun “Jim” Zhang. K. C. Wong Chair Professor, Xinhua Hospital, Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine, Shanghai, China; Chair, Department of Maternal and Child Health, Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Public Health; Senior Investigator, Ministry of Education Key Laboratory of Children’s Environmental Health; Principal Investigator of Shanghai Birth Cohort; and a member of the Committee on Climate Change and Toxic Environmental Exposures at the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO). Research interests include reproductive and perinatal epidemiology and the impact of early life exposure on child health.