ISEE 2018 Award Winners

John Goldsmith Award

Mark J. Nieuwenhuijsen, PhD
ISGlobal, Spain

Mark_Nieuwenhuijsen Mark J Nieuwenhuijsen PhD (ISGlobal, Barcelona) is a world leading expert in environmental exposure assessment, epidemiology, and health risk/impact assessment with a strong focus and interest on healthy urban living. He led the international TAPAS study (, examining the health impacts of active transport in six European cities and the EC funded PHENOTYPE ( study, examining the relations between green space and health, and the ISGlobal funded SUMA HIA project on health impact assessment in low and medium income countries. He is/was a co-investigator in ICEPURE (, that examines exposure to and health effects of solar UV exposure, ESCAPE ( (and related (VE3SPA), that examines the long term health effects of air pollution, NIH funded CAVA which aims to validate smartphone based data collection methods, EC funded CITISENSE ( that aims to empower citizens using smartphone technology, EC funded HELIX (, that examines the early life exposome and childhood diseases, EC funded EXPOsOMICs ( that examines the air pollution and water exposome and health, the EC funded PASTA study (, which promotes active transportation through sustainable transport, the EC funded BlueHealth project ( evaluating the relationship between blue space and Health and the EC funded LifeCycle project ( on birth cohort coordination in Europe. He is an associate editor for EHP, OEM and Cities and Health. He has co-authored almost 400 papers published in peer reviewed journals and has edited 3 text books on Exposure Assessment and on Environmental Epidemiology. His latest book “Integrating human health into urban and transport planning” just came out and is essential reading for those interested in the link between urban and transport planning, environment and health.

Tony McMichael Award

Rémy Slama, PhD
Inserm, France

Remy_SlamaRémy Slama (PhD) is Senior Investigator at Inserm (the French Institute of Health and Medical Research) where he leads the Inserm-Grenoble-Alpes University joint research team in Environmental Epidemiology applied to Reproduction and Respiratory Health. He previously held affiliations at Inserm-Paris and at Helmholtz Center Munich. After a scientific formation at Ecole Polytechnique and Agro Paris-Tech, he obtained a PhD in public health from University Paris-Sud in 2002 and a habilitation from Grenoble medical school (2011). His research aims at characterizing the influence of environmental contaminants on human reproduction and childhood health. A specific focus is the influence of early life (intra-uterine) environmental exposures on the health of the fetus and the child (Developmental Origins of Health and Diseases, or DOHaD, concept). In that context, his team is particularly interested in the effects of atmospheric pollutants, short half-lived endocrine disruptors (phenols, phthalates) and, more recently, the exposome as a whole. His methodological research track focuses on approaches to limit exposure misclassification (such as the within-subject biospecimens pooling approach) and on study design. R. Slama is president of the scientific council of the French research program on endocrine disruptors (PNRPE); he belongs to several experts groups and scientific councils related to environmental health, such as the scientific council of Santé Publique France (the French CDC), the Scientific Committee on Health and Environmental Risks (SCHEER) of the European Commission and acted as an elected Councilor of the International Society of Environmental Epidemiology (ISEE) where he is still in charge of relations with WHO.

Rebecca James Baker Award

Haneen Khreis, PhD, MSc
Texas A&M Transportation Institute, U.S.A.

Haneen_Khreis Dr. Haneen Khreis is a cross-disciplinary researcher studying the health impacts of transport planning and policy. Khreis has a unique background in transport and health with degrees in Civil and Structural Engineering (B.Sc., Eng.) and in Transport Planning and Engineering (M.Sc., Eng.) which focused on the health impacts of transport-related air pollution. She completed her doctoral studies working between the Leeds Institute for Transport Studies (ITS) and the Leeds Institute of Cardiovascular and Metabolic Medicine (LICAMM), in collaboration with the Centre for Research in Environmental Epidemiology (CREAL) at the Barcelona’s Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal). Khreis also did a short research stay at ISGlobal. Khreis has experience and training in transport planning and engineering, vehicle emissions monitoring and modeling, air quality monitoring and modeling, exposure assessment, systematic reviews and meta-analyses, health impact and burden of disease assessment, policy options generation, cross-disciplinary collaboration, curriculum development, and the science-policy link in transport and health. She also worked in the fields of epidemiology, childhood asthma, and climate action and co-benefits. To date, Khreis has published 25 peer reviewed articles on the above topics and has numerous in preparation. She co-edited a book on “Integrating Human Health into Urban and Transport Planning” and is now leading one on “Traffic-Related Air Pollution: Emissions, Human Exposures and Health” and co-editing another on “Transport and Health” . Khreis is currently an Assistant Research Scientist at the Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) and the Center for Advancing Research in Transportation Emissions, Energy, and Health (CARTEEH) and remains an Associated Researcher at ISGlobal. At CARTEEH, she leads the development of a graduate-level cross-disciplinary curriculum on Transportation Emissions, Air Pollution, Exposures, and Health and leads a European and a U.S.A.-wide burden of disease assessment on traffic-related air pollution and childhood asthma, among other undertakings.

Honorable Mention - Kyi Mar Wai, PhD


Best Environmental Epidemiology Paper

Kevin Mortimer, Chifundo B. Ndamala, Andrew W. Naunje, Jullita Malava, Cynthia Katundu, William Weston, Deborah Havens, Daniel Pope, Nigel G. Bruce, Moffat Nyirenda, Duolao Wang, Amelia Crampin, Jonathan Grigg, John Balmes, Stephen B. Gordon

"A cleaner burning biomass-fuelled cookstove intervention to prevent pneumonia in children under 5 years old in rural Malawi (the Cooking and Pneumonia Study): a cluster randomised controlled trial”

Lancet 2017; 389: 167–75

Outstanding Abstract by a New Investigator

Keren Agay-Shay - “Greenness and Adverse Pregnancy Outcomes in Tel-Aviv during 2000-2014”

Audrey Gaskins - “Time-varying Exposure to Fine Particulate Matter and Black Carbon and Outcomes of In Vitro Fertilization”

Outstanding Student Poster

Matthew Shupler - “Household Predictors of Primary Cooking Fuel Switching in Nine Low and Middle Income Countries”

Julia Bauer - “Sensitive Windows of Manganese Exposure and Frontal Cortex Function in Adolescents”

Diana Alcantara-Zapata - “Possible Risks of High Altitude Exposure on Prostate Diseases”

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