Immediate change in Epidemiology delivery methods. As announced during the Annual Meeting in Rome, society membership will include only online access for the journal beginning with the January 2017 issue. ISEE members can purchase a yearly subscription for the printed version at a reduced member rate of $84 by clicking here, entering your user name and password, and following the payment prompts. You will begin receiving your printed copy approximately two months after your payment is received. If you wish to receive the printed version of the January 2017 issue, you need to purchase your subscription by November 14, 2016. For instructions regarding online access go to http://www.iseepi.org/Journals/epidemiology.htm. Contact the Secretariat at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
Call for Action for Global Control of Lead Exposure to Eliminate Lead Poisoning. Lead poisoning is one of the most pervasive, well-established and preventable environmental hazards worldwide. The International Society for Environmental Epidemiology (ISEE) adds its voice to the call for a concerted global effort to eliminate lead poisoning. See full text of the Call, together with its rationale, published in EPIDEMIOLOGY (here). If you wish your name to be added as endorsing the Call for Action, please read more.
Wolters Kluwer (WK), in partnership with the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology (ISEE), announces a search for Editor-in-Chief of ENVIRONMENTAL EPIDEMIOLOGY, a new open access journal to be launched in early 2017 and published alongside EPIDEMIOLOGY (more info).
Thank you to everyone who participated in the recent membership survey. Here are the results from the survey (past members, current members, and student members). These results will be used to assist with the organization's strategic planning. To learn more about the organization's strategic planning, please attend the ISEE membership meeting in Rome.
Members of the ISEE Policy Committee recently provided feedback and suggestions to the World Health Organization (WHO) with regards to several areas related to environmental health. Among the topics discussed at the 69th World Health Assembly in Geneva in May 2016, a report on Ending Childhood Obesity was presented. While ISEE commended WHO for the quality of their report, the Policy Committee recommended that in addition to the well-known role of physical activity and diet on the development of obesity, the emerging evidence regarding the role of some chemicals as obesogens should be highlighted. See our full comments here. ISEE also offered strong support for the WHO road map on atmospheric pollution, as detailed here. Finally, the Policy Committee offered advice on the role of the health sector in the sound management of chemicals, as detailed here.
The Gulf Research Program & Robert Wood Johnson Foundation are committing $10 million to enhancing coastal community resilience. There is a need for researchers and community members working across the boundaries of science and practice and of society and the environment to advance our understanding of what makes and keeps Gulf communities resilient, healthy, and thriving. Funding is being provided for projects that explore the human dynamics of resilience. Apply for a grant today.
ISEE-ISES AC2016, June 26-29, in Sapporo, Japan. In the morning of the 27th, we had opening remarks from the conference chair and greetings from ISEE-AC and ISES-EAC chairs, followed by plenary session, poster and parallel sessions. About 400 people participated in the conference. Details of the program can be found here.
A Step Towards Lead-Free Paints Everywhere
A large chemical company has just announced that it would phase out lead from all paints it produces by 2020. This is a result of concerns about well documented effects of lead on health expressed in a concerted campaign by several organizations, including ISEE, which issued its Call for Action for Global Control of Lead Exposure last year (view here).
A petition concerning other companies can be found here.
The National Children's Study (NCS) Vanguard Data and Sample Archive and Access System (NCS Archive) opened March 1, 2016 and now expands to include additional data and biological and environmental samples. (Read More).
In their ISEE-sponsored commentary, Drs. David Rojas-Ruedas and Michelle Turner discuss the VW scandal, the public health consequences of vehicle emissions, and pathways to a cleaner future. Read the commentary for free here.
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