Best Environmental Epidemiology Paper Award

2017 Award Winner

Association between Air Pollution and Coronary Artery Calcification within Six Metropolitan Areas in the USA (the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis and Air Pollution): A Longitudinal Cohort Study
Joel D. Kaufman, Sara D. Adar, R. Graham Barr, Matthew Budoff, Gregory L. Burke, Cynthia L. Curl, Martha L. Daviglus, Ana V. Diez Roux, Amanda J. Gassett, David R. Jacobs Jr. Richard Kronmal, Timothy V. Larson, Ana Navas-Acien, Casey Olives, Paul D. Sampson, Lianne Sheppard, Emeritus David S Siscovick, James H Stein, Adam A. Szpiro, Karol E. Watson  Lancet 2016; Vol. 388, No. 10045, 696-704

Announcement (pdf)


This ISEE annual award for the best environmental epidemiology paper published in a peer-reviewed journal aims to recognize excellence in the field of environmental epidemiology and encourage the publication of outstanding papers.

Criteria for the award include but are not limited to:

  • Quality (data, analyses, presentation, argument)
  • Originality
  • Importance/impact
  • Relevance to environmental epidemiology
The winning paper is selected by the Best Environmental Epidemiology Paper (BEEP) Award subcommittee and approved by the Executive Council. The handling editor of the journal in which the paper is published will receive a special certificate. Authors, editors, and readers may make nominations. Only outstanding papers should be nominated.

How to Nominate a Paper for the BEEP

Note, nominated papers for the 2018 award must be published in a scientific journal between Jan 1 and Dec 31, 2017
Nomination packages must contain:
  1. Nomination Letter
  2. Copy of the paper
  3. Brief statement (50-100 words) indicating the specific aspect of the paper that makes it outstanding (e.g., the value of its methodologic contribution or the policy controversy it contributes to resolving).  
Send nominations and supporting statements to the ISEE Secretariat with "Best Environmental Epidemiology Paper (BEEP) Nomination" appearing in the subject line. The winning paper will be announced during the annual conference.

Past Award Winners

 2016  Mortality Risk Attributable to High and Low Ambient Temperature: a Multicountry Observational Study
Antonio Gasparrini, Yuming Guo, Masahiro Hashizume, Eric Lavigne, Antonella Zanobetti, Joel Schwartz, Aurelio Tobias, Shilu Tong, Joacim Rocklöv, Bertil Forsberg, Michela Leone, Manuela De Sario, Michelle L Bell, Yue-Liang Leon Guo, Chang-fu Wu, Haidong Kan, Seung-Muk Yi, Micheline de Sousa Zanotti Stagliorio Coelho, Paulo Hilario Nascimento Saldiva, Yasushi Honda, Ho Kim, and Ben Armstrong:  
Lancet; 386: 369–75 May 21, 2015

 2015 Lung Function and Incidence of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease after Improved Cooking Fuels and Kitchen Ventilation: A 9-Year Prospective Cohort Study 
Yumin Zhou, Yimin Zou, Xiaochen Li, Shuyun Chen, Zhuxiang Zhao, Fang He, Weifeng Zou, Qiuping Luo, Wenxi Li, Yiling Pan, Xiaoliang Deng, Xiaoping Wang, Rong Qiu, Shiliang Liu, Jingping Zheng, Nanshan Zhong, Pixin Ran:  
PLOS Medicine: PLoS Med 11(3): e1001621

 2014  Does Ambient Air Pollution Trigger Stillbirth?
Ambarina S. Faiz, George G. Rhoads, Kitaw Demissie, Yong Lin, Lakota Kruse, David Q. Rich:  
Epidemiology, 24(4):538-544, July 2013

 2013 Birth Weight, Head Circumference, and Prenatal Exposure to Acrylamide from Maternal Diet: The European Prospective Mother-Child Study (NewGeneris)
Marie Pedersen, Hans Von Stedingk, Maria Botsivali, Silvia Agramunt, Jan Alexander, Gunnar Brunborg, Leda Chatzi, Sarah Fleming, Eleni Fthenou, Berit Granum, Kristine B. Gutzkow, Laura J. Hardie, Lisbeth E. Knudsen, Soterios A. Kyrtopoulos, Michelle A. Mendez, Domenico F. Merlo, Jeanette K. Nielsen, Per Rydberg, Dan Segerbäck, Jordi Sunyer, John Wright, Margareta Törnqvist, Jos C. Kleinjans, Manolis Kogevinas, and The Newgeneris Consortium:
Environmental Health Perspectives, December 2012: 120:1739-1745

 2011 Social Network Sensors for Early Detection of Contagious Outbreaks
Nicholas A. Christakis and James H. Fowler:
PLoS ONE September 1, 2010: 5.9:1-8 

 2010   Fine-Particulate Air Pollution and Life Expectancy in the United States
C. Arden Pope III, Majid Ezzati, and Douglas W. Dockery:
New England Journal of Medicine January 22, 2009: 360:376-386

 2009 Heat Effects on Mortality in 15 European Cities  
Michela Baccini, Annibale Biggeri, Gabriele Accetta, T. Kosatsky, K Katsouyanni, A Analitis, HR Anderson, L Bisanti, D D’Ippoliti, J Danova, B Forsberg, S Medina, A Paldy, D Rabczenko, C Schindler, P Michelozzi: 
Epidemiology 2008;19:711–719 


2017 BEEP
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