The 28th Conference of the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology (ISEE) has kicked off in Rome under the motto “Old and New Risks: Challenges for Environmental Epidemiology” and the attentive gaze of more than 1,200 researchers from 57 countries worldwide. As the most important annual event in the field, it promotes the sharing of the most recent research results on environmental exposures and health effects and represents a starting block for new projects, ideas and public policies.
For Manolis Kogevinas, Head of the Cancer Programme at ISGlobal and ISEE president, the field faces important challenges: “investigate the health effects of climate change and evaluate measures to mitigate them; boost research on urban health and participate in urban planning that favors alternative transportation, green areas and healthy lifestyles; and actively participate in the progress of the Sustainable Development Goals”.
The Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal) has been greatly involved in the event through its participation in the scientific committee, integrated by Manolis Kogevinas, Mark Nieuwenjuijsen, Head of the Air Pollution Programme, and Elaine Fuertes, postdoctoral researcher. For Kogevinas, “this meeting offers an excellent opportunity to discuss many of the environmental health issues in a global context”.
Josep M. Antó, Scientific Director of ISGlobal, will chair the opening plenary session on risk factors in environmental health, while Kogevinas will present the closing plenary session “After glyphosate: evidence evaluation for public health debate”.
In addition, a total of 34 ISGlobal researchers have participated in the reviewing of abstracts and in the organization of different sessions, around twenty oral presentations and a series of symposia related to environmental health, including:
- “Air pollution and brain health: the role of neuroimaging”, chaired by Jordi Sunyer, Head of the Child Health Programme at ISGlobal, and Mònica Guxens, Assistant Research Professor.
- “New frontiers for environmental epidemiology in a changing world”, chaired by Cathryn Tonne, Associate Research Professor, and Mark Nieuwenhuijsen.
- “Creating Health City Environments”, chaired by Mark Nieuwenhuijsen.
- “The end of big birth cohorts?” chaired by Brenda Eskenazi Berkeley, member of the Scientific Advisory Board of ISGlobal and Martine Vrijheid, Research Professor.