Scope of the Meeting

“The ISES-ISEE 2018 Joint Annual Meeting theme is “Addressing Complex Local and Global Issues in Environmental Exposure and Health.”  As the capital city of Canada, Ottawa is home to a diverse and active community of scientists and policy makers engaged in local and global environmental exposure and health research.  The ISES-ISEE 2018 Joint Annual Meeting will be inclusive to delegates from around the world, and will leverage local and international expertise to address complex local and global topics relevant to exposure science and environmental epidemiology.

The ISES-ISEE 2018 Joint Annual Meeting will leverage this expertise to address complex, locally and globally significant topics such as:

  • Innovative approaches for the detection and assessment of environmental contaminants, co-factors, and health impacts.
  • Development and application of models and tools for estimating exposures to environmental stressors – e.g., land use regression, hybrid models, physical and atmospheric, dispersion, Bayesian, machine learning and personal exposure.
  • Development and application of measurement tools for estimating exposure to pollutants and other stressors – e.g., satellite remote sensing, continuous monitoring, portable and passive samplers, “citizen” science, and “smart” sensors.
  • Development and application of novel tools and approaches for estimating exposure using biomarkers – e.g., the exposome, biomonitoring, systems biology, computational toxicology, and toxicogenomics; and comparing these methods to traditional exposure estimation methods.
  • Development and application of statistical and analytical methods for estimating environmental health impacts – including concentration response functions; non-linear effects; time varying associations; impacts of acute, intermittent, long term, and cumulative exposures; and interactions.
  • Assessing exposure to diverse environmental stressors including chemical  and biological contaminants in air, water, food, soil, household products, and occupational environments (i.e., pollution, pathogens, allergens, etc.); as well as heat, noise, radiation, pharmaceuticals, nano and biotechnologies, characteristics of the built environment, and other environmental stressors.
  • Assessing complex exposure issues including: estimating exposure at different temporal and spatial scales; acute, intermittent, long term, and cumulative exposures; and exposures to mixtures and interaction between multiple stressors; and identifying critical species/stressors – e.g., pollutants, source sectors, and emerging contaminants/stressors.
  • Bridging the gap between environmental and personal exposures by assessing exposure to environmental stressors in indoor (home, occupational, school), outdoor, and transportation environments; and assessing factors that contribute to or mitigate exposure – e.g., human activity, the built environment, housing characteristics, socioeconomic status (SES), race/ethnicity, gender, and meteorology.
  • Identifying new and future trends in exposure science – i.e., advancing exposure science beyond 2020, testing new methods, and addressing emerging challenges;
  • Assessing environmental health impacts at all ages of the life cycle, from in utero exposures to aging populations.
  • Assessing impacts of environmental stressors on reproductive and developmental effects, childhood diseases, respiratory and allergic impacts, cancer, cardiovascular and metabolic disease, neurologic effects, and other health impacts.
  • Assessing health impacts of varied exposure estimates including combined effects of multiple stressors and mixtures, temporal and spatial variation, and source-specific impacts.
  • Assessing (co-)factors that contribute to resilience or vulnerability/susceptibility – i.e., gene-environmental interactions, social determinants, physiological factors, stress, built environment/greenspace, and others.
  • Identifying susceptible periods and windows of vulnerability when exposure is more likely to result in an adverse health impact.
  • Elucidating mechanisms and critical pathways for environmental health/disease development
  • Leveraging contributions from diverse disciplines to address complex environmental exposure and health issues and inform policy in global and local communities;
  • Engaging local and global community partners to address environmental exposure and health issues – i.e., citizen science and community based participatory research.
  • Environmental exposure and health research and knowledge translation in the arctic and northern communities
  • Environmental exposure and health in vulnerable populations / environmental justice
  • Development of new methodologies by combining and harmonizing existing methods, databases, and models to support regulatory decision making and priority setting.
  • Addressing complex multidisciplinary issues such as climate change and health, transportation and health, and children’s environmental health through research, interventions, and knowledge translation.
  • Applied and translational research: linking research, policy, decision making, and intervention to reduce and mitigate exposure to environmental stressors and improve public health.