The objective of the proposed conference support grant is to conduct an
international conference on environmental health and epidemiology in Buffalo
in August 19-23, 2000. The theme of the conference is Environmental
Epidemiology in Pan America and the World: Building Connections, and the
sponsoring professional organization is the International Society for
Environmental Epidemiology (ISEE). The three-day conference will attract
approximately 600 participants predominantly from North America and Europe.
However, registrants and invited speakers have been encouraged from all over
the world with a focus on Latin America, the Caribbean and Eastern and Central
Europe. This grant will be used to ensure attendance from scientists from
these areas of focus.
The major goals of the conference are to: 1) showcase the ongoing
interdisciplinary, international epidemiologic research; 2) provide a forum to
discuss how to facilitate more international collaboration in research and
training; 3) discuss the driving forces for Building Connections: Goals and
Resources; 4) highlight emerging global environmental health issues;
5) exchange the latest scientific findings and methodological approaches for a
wide spectrum of environmental exposures and related health outcomes;
6) discuss the organization and administrative support for stronger and
effective ISEE Chapters in Latin America, the Caribbean, Central America,
Africa and Central and Eastern Europe.
The theme of the conference reflects the goal to address the needs articulated
by areas of the world fraught with environmental problems and where
organization of ISEE chapters must be improved. The conference will explore
the challenges and opportunities to achieve a better international dialogue
and collaboration among researchers. Special symposia will address ways to
foster international collaboration in studying environmental causes of
disease, the exposure to indoor and outdoor air pollution, use of GIS in
epidemiology, and similar topics. Additional sessions will address global
climate change, endocrine disrupting chemical exposures, children's
environmental health issues, water quality and health, and epidemiologic and
risk assessment methods.
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