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Environment and Health –
Bridging South, North, East and West
Conference of ISEE, ISES and ISIAQ
Basel, Switzerland 19 – 23 August 2013

Awards, Calls for Manuscripts & Journals

John Goldsmith Award for Outstanding Contributions to Environmental Epidemiology

The International Society for Environmental Epidemiology is very pleased to honor  Michal Krzyzanowski, ScD, with the 2013 John Goldsmith Award for his “sustained and outstanding contributions to the knowledge and practice of environmental epidemiology.” He will present the John Goldsmith Memorial lecture at the conference. This annual award was established to honor John Goldsmith, one of the organizers, early leaders, and constant supporters of the ISEE, who passed away in October 1999. Recipients have typically contributed in substantive and innovative fashion to the methods and practice of epidemiology over many years. ISEE pays awardees’ conference registration and travel costs.

Awardee: Michal Krzyzanowski, ScD, has promoted environmental epidemiology as a major tool for developing guidelines protecting environmental health and supporting regulatory standards. He is highly esteemed both for his scientific knowledge as well as for his diplomatic skills, integrity, and persuasive rigor.

Lee-Jane Sally Liu Outstanding Doctoral Student in Air Pollution Exposure Science Award

This award from the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (SwissTPH) honors Prof. L.-J. Sally Liu (1965-2011), former head of the Environmental Exposure Sciences research unit. Sally was a long-time advocate for exposure science and committed to mentoring and guiding new and young exposure science researchers. Awardee selection is based on the submitted abstracts from the field of ambient air pollution exposure science. An international jury scored submissions for relevance and excellence by an international jury.

Awardee: Steven C. Hankey, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Minnesota, USA, receives Sally Liu Award for his work titled “Measuring and modeling particulate air pollution using a mobile, bicycle-based platform”
Sally’s biography.
newsclip on awardee’s project

International Journal of Public Health Best Review Travel Award

International Journal of Public Health
5-yr IF: 2.340; 2-yr IF : 1.993 (2012)
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International Journal of Public Heath


The Call for Systematic Reviews on Environment and Health – with the option to win a Travel Award to the conference - was open from December 1st, 2012 to April 1st 2013. A total of 45 authors announced their interest, resulting in 16 on-time submissions (Tab. 1). The peer review, supported by 31 leading scientists (Tab. 2), resulted in eight accepted reviews (Tab. 3). Based on the evaluation comments of the peer reviews, Nino Künzli – Editor of this special call - nominated four for the award (in color in Tab. 3). Early July, all registered conference participants (~1’500) were invited to act as jury and to elect the winners based on the title and abstract alone.

We are happy to announce the winner of the IJPH Travel Award:  Louis-François Tétreault and co-authors, received 141 (from 404) votes for the review “Cardiovascular health, traffic related air pollution and noise: are associations mutually confounded? A systematic review”. The Award consists in free access to the conference, a 1’000 CHF contribution to the general costs, and free open-access publication of the paper.

Cynthia Sau Chun Yip is the first author of the second-placed review “Systematic review of reducing population meat consumption to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and obtain health benefits: effectiveness and models assessments”. She gets a free one-year online subscription to IJPH.

All accepted reviews are available online-first and will be published with three Editorials in a special issue of IJPH in December 2013. We thank all participants of the competition for their valuable reviews and the reviewers for their dedicated feedback. We like to thank the Swiss School of Public Health + and Springer for contributing to the Award.

Nino Künzli (Co-editor in Chief) and Anke Berger, Managing Editor IJPH, also on behalf of the Co-Editors in Chief IJPH, Andrea Madarasova-Geckova, Thomas Kohlmann


Tab. 1: Feedback and editorial decisions to the Call for the Environment & Health Reviews

Interested to submit a review


Encouraged to submit after initial screen of the topic

Total number submitted 19
Submitted within deadline for Travel Award 16
Rejected without review 1
Rejected after peer review 7
Accepted after peer review 8
Submitted outside competition for award 3


Tab 2: IJPH greatly appreciates the contributions of 31 scientists, who supported the peer review of this call.

Agneta Akesson, Tobias Alfvén, Ryan Allen, Annibale Biggeri, Kristie Ebi, Ewa Florek, Maria Foraster, Peter Goldblatt, Pat Goodman, Rosemary Green, Nazim Habibov, Gerard Hoek, Christine Johnson, Greg Kearney, Manolis Kogevinas, Amar Mehta, Bettina Menne, Audrey de Nazelle, Evridiki Patelarou, Laura Perez, Paulo Nascimento Saldiva, Jan Semenza, Jordi Sunyer, Jürg Utzinger, Inmaculada Velo Gala, Marco Vinceti, Martine Vrijheid, Greg Wellenius, Kim Yoon-Keun, Xiaohui Xu, Kai Zhang


Tab. 3: Eight review articles were accepted for the IJPH Travel Award. The four highlighted reviews were nominated for the Award, with Tétreault et al. elected by the jury of all conference participants.

Stacey M. Benson, Janice C. Zgibor, LuAnn L. Brink (2013). Can 8-hydroxy-2'-deoxyguanosine Be Used to Assess Oxidative Stress Caused by Particulate Matter Air Pollution in the General Population? Int J Public Health,
DOI 10.1007/s00038-013-0491-0

Laura E. Jackson, Jessica Daniel, Betsy McCorkle, Alexandra Sears, Kathleen F. Bush (2013). Linking ecosystem services and human health: the Eco-Health Relationship Browser. Int J Public Health,
DOI 10.1007/s00038-013-0482-1

Katherine A. James, Jaymie R. Meliker (2013). Environmental Cadmium Exposure and Osteoporosis: A Review.
Int J Public Health DOI 10.1007/s00038-013-0488-8

Amalia Mattiello, Paolo Chiodini, Elvira Bianco, Nunzia Forgione, Incoronata Flammia, Ciro Gallo, Renato Pizzuti, Salvatore Panico (2013). Health effects associated with the disposal of solid waste in landfills and incinerators in populations living in surrounding areas: a systematic review. Int J Public Health,
DOI 10.1007/s00038-013-0496-8
Jennifer L. Nichols, Elizabeth Oesterling Owens, Steven J. Dutton, Thomas J. Luben (2013). Systematic review of the effects of black carbon on cardiovascular disease among individuals with pre-existing disease. Int J Public Health, DOI 10.1007/s00038-013-0492-z
Louis-François Tétreault, Stéphane Perron, Audrey Smargiassi   (2013). Cardiovascular health, traffic related air pollution and noise: are associations mutually confounded? As systematic review. Int J Public Health,
DOI 10.1007/s00038-013-0489-7
Ghasem (Sam) Toloo, Gerard FitzGerald, Peter Aitken, Kenneth Verrall, Shilu Tong (2013). Evaluating the effectiveness of heat warning systems: Systematic review of epidemiological evidence. Int J Public Health,
DOI 10.1007/s00038-013-0465-2
Cynthia Sau Chun Yip, Jonathan Karnon, Glenis Crane (2013). Systematic review of reducing population meat consumption to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and obtain health benefits: effectiveness and models assessments. Int J Public Health DOI 10.1007/s00038-013-0484-z
Tab 4: Three Editorials were published in the context of the conference and the  Call “Environment&Health Reviews”

available online at


Foraster M (2013). Is it traffic-related air pollution or road traffic noise, or both? Key questions not yet settled!  Int J Public Health, DOI 10.1007/s00038-013-0500-3.

Künzli N (2013). IJPH Goes Environmental – does it? Int J Public Health, DOI 10.1007/s00038-013-0502-1.

Lopez A (2013). Reducing risks to health: what can we learn from the Global Burden of Disease2010 Study? Int J Public Health, DOI 10.1007/s00038-013-0503-0.


BEEP (Best Environmental Epidemiology Paper) Award 2012

This ISEE 2012 award for the best environmental epidemiology paper published in 2012 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

The awarded article is:

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
Birth Weight, Head Circumference, and Prenatal Exposure to Acrylamide from Maternal Diet: The European Prospective Mother–Child Study (NewGeneris)
(Env Health Perspect, 120:1739-1745, 2012).

We would like to give an honourable mention to the runner-up:
Linn Strand, Adrian G. Barnett, and Shilu Tong

for the article:
Maternal Exposure to Ambient Temperature and the Risks of Preterm Birth and Stillbirth in Brisbane, Australia
(Am J Epidemiol, 175:99-107, 2012).

Pedersen et al. paper:
And Strand et al. paper:

Joan M. Daisey Outstanding Young Scientist Award To recognize outstanding contributions to the science of human exposure analysis by a young scientist.

Julian Marshall
Associate Professor of Environmental Engineering in the Department of Civil Engineering at University of Minnesota

Joan Daisey was a founding ISEA member and past president (1995-1996), continuing to be active until her death in 2000. Daisey was senior staff scientist at the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and one of the nation's leading experts on indoor air quality.

Julian Marshall became interested in air pollution exposures while living in rural India. He entered graduate school aiming to understand and reduce the causes and consequences of outdoor and indoor air pollution. His research investigates exposure to motor vehicle exhaust; the role of urban design in reducing vehicle emissions and exposures; and, measuring exposure to air pollution in low-income countries. Julian earned a bachelor’s degree with High Honors in Chemical Engineering from Princeton University. He worked with Bill Nazaroff and Tom McKone while earning his Masters and PhD in Energy and Resources from UC Berkeley, and with Michael Brauer for a post-doctoral fellowship at University of British Columbia. Julian’s work has contributed to intake fraction research, to understanding the exposure and health impacts of alternative transportation modes (e.g., walking, biking) and fuels (e.g., biofuels, electric vehicles), to using satellite data and land-use regression to estimate air pollution exposures, and to understanding how emission-reduction strategies would differentially impact specific demographic groups (environmental justice). He has more than 46 articles published or currently in review, including 4 that are on “most downloaded” or “most read” lists from their journal. His research has been widely reported in news media, including the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, TImeUS News & World Report, and International Business Times.

CDGUV/BGFA Award for Young Exposure Scientists

To foster research in exposure areas with linkages to biomonitoring for superior doctoral students working on their dissertation or superior first-year postdoctoral exposure scientists:

Christina Quinn
Science Policy Fellow, Pest Management Regulatory Agency,  Health Canada
The award from the DGUV* Institute for Prevention and Occupational Medicine (IPA) was created to represent its high regard for the work of Professor Jüergen Angerer in furthering biomonitoring in exposure sciences in Europe and the rest of the world. 

Dr. Cristina Quinn received her PhD in Environmental Chemistry from the University of Toronto and a M.Sc. (Chemistry) and a B.Sc. (Chemistry) from the University of Waterloo. Her doctoral thesis resulted in an improved mechanistic understanding of bioaccumulation in humans, fish and lipid surrogate systems. Dynamic mass balance models for far-field human exposures to persistent organic pollutants in the environment (i.e., outdoor air, water, and food) were used to explain concentration-age relationships for individuals and population cross-sections over time. The models were also used to explore the potential impacts of pre-, post-, and lifetime exposures on female reproductive behaviours (i.e. number of children, age at birth, breastfeeding prevalence) of women and dietary transitions of a hypothetical Arctic community during simultaneous changes in environmental concentrations. Currently, Cristina holds a Science Policy Fellow with the Pest Management Regulatory Agency at Health Canada conducting a policy analysis of regulatory frameworks for assessing the aquatic bioaccumulation potential of pesticides.

* The DGUV (Deutsche Gesetzliche Unfallversicherung - German Social Accident Insurance)

Call for Papers (International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health — Open Access Journal)

You are invited to submit a review or research article on environmental research and public health topics (within the scope of the ISEE- ISES-ISIAQ/Environment & Health Conference 2013) for publication in the IJERPH (Impact Factor 1.998). This special issue will be guest edited by Dr. Annette Peters (ISEE) and Prof. Dr. Nino Künzli (SwissTPH). Manuscripts should be submitted by 31 December 2013. See the special issue website for further details and submission instructions. Participants of this conference will benefit from a 20% discount on the Article Processing Charges.

Call for Papers (Aerosol and Air Quality Research)

You are invited to submit your papers on air quality and exposure in a special issue of Aerosol and Air Quality Research Manuscripts will be due on November 1. See the instructions for formatting requirements.

Relevant Journals

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