Emerging Environmental Epidemiology Issues Across the Americas
The International Society for Environmental Epidemiology (ISEE) is an international organization that provides a forum for the discussion of problems unique to the study of health and the environment. Dr. Francine Laden will introduce the ISEE. Then select ISEE members will highlight a few emerging environmental epidemiology issues in the Americas. Dr. Nelson Gouveia from Brazil will discuss traffic and health within the context of rapidly increasing vehicle fleets. Dr. William Checkley from the USA will discuss the health effects of exposure to indoor biomass combustion. Dr. Bernedina Van Wendel De Joode from Costa Rica will discuss the cavalier use of agricultural pesticides and their influence on health. Dr. Donna Mergler from Canada will discuss the growing health problems associated with gold-mining and the resulting mercury contamination of tropical forest communities. Epidemiological methods will be contrasted across these application areas, and a brief discussion will follow.
Francine Laden, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Nelson Gouveia, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil
Donna Mergler, University of Quebec a Montreal, Canada
Berendina Van Wendel De Joode, Universidad Nacional, Costa Rica
William Checkley, Johns Hopkins University
Erik Svendsen, Medical University of South Carolina