Professor Billie Giles-Corti is a Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor and National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Senior Principal Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne. She directs the McCaughey VicHealth Community Wellbeing Unit in the Centre for Health Equity. For over two decades, she and a multi-disciplinary research team have been studying the impact of the built environment on health and wellbeing; and she currently leads an NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Healthy Liveable Communities established in 2014. She has published over 300 articles, book chapters and reports, and by citations, is ranked in the top 1% of researchers in her field globally. She is an Honorary Fellow of both the Planning Institute of Australia and the Public Health Association, a Fulbright Scholar and an NHMRC Elizabeth Blackburn Fellow as the top ranked female in public health in 2015. In 2017, she will take up a position at the Royal Melbourne Institute for Technology (RMIT) as its Urban Futures Enabling Capability Platform Director, where her role will be to bring together multi-disciplinary research teams to help solve complex urban problem.
Dr Anna Hansell, from School of Public Health, Imperial College London, is a public health doctor and environmental epidemiologist with special research interests in environmental noise and air pollution and respiratory disease epidemiology. She leads on several national and international studies examining long-term health effects of environmental exposures and has oversight of the Small Area Health Statistics Unit databases containing over 300 million patient records.
Mark J Nieuwenhuijsen PhD is the director of the Air pollution and Urban Environment group and director of the Urban Planning, Environment and Health Initiative at ISGlobal, Barcelona. He has an interest in exposure assessment, epidemiology, and health risk/impact assessment with a strong focus and interest on healthy urban living and is/has been involved a number of studies around the topic. Amongst others, he led the international TAPAS study (http://www.tapas-program.org/), examining the health impacts of active transport in six European cities and the EC funded PHENOTYPE (www.phenotype.eu) study, examining the relations between green space and health. He was an investigator in ICEPURE (www.icepure.eu), that examined exposure to and health effects of solar UV exposure, ESCAPE (www.escapeproject.eu) (and related (VE3SPA), that examined the long term health effects of air pollution, NIH funded CAVA which aimed to validate smartphone based data collection methods, EC funded CITISENSE (http://citi-sense.eu/) that aimed to empower citizens using smartphone technology Currently he works on EC funded HELIX (http://www.projecthelix.eu/), that examines the early life exposome and childhood diseases, EC funded EXPOsOMICs (http://www.exposomicsproject.eu/) that examines the air pollution and water exposome and health, the EC funded PASTA study (http://www.pastaproject.eu), which promotes active transportation through sustainable transport, and the EC funded BlueHealth project evaluating the relationship between blue space and Health. He has edited 3 books on Exposure Assessment and on Environmental Epidemiology, and has co-authored more than 300 papers published in peer reviewed journals.
Jonathan Patz, MD, MPH, is Professor & John P. Holton Chair in Health and the Environment. He is also Director of the Global Health Institute (http://www.globalhealth.wisc.edu/) at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, and has faculty appointments in the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies and the Department of Population Health Sciences.
Patz co-chaired the health expert panel of the first US National Assessment on Climate Change and was a convening lead author for the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment. For 15 years, Dr. Patz was a lead author for the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (or IPCC) – the organization that shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with Al Gore. In 1994, Dr. Patz convened the first-ever session on climate change for the American Public Health Association and authored the organization’s first policy resolution on climate change in 1995.
Dr. Patz has written over 100 peer-reviewed scientific papers and reports, and co-edited two textbooks and a 5-volume encyclopedia addressing the health effects of global environmental change. He organized the first climate change/health briefing to an EPA administrator in 1997 and has been invited to brief both houses of Congress (http://tinyurl.com/climate-health-history) and has served on several scientific committees of the National Academy of Sciences. From 2006 to 2010, Dr. Patz served as Founding President of the International Association for Ecology and Health. In addition to his contribution in the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize, Dr. Patz received an Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellows Award in 2005, shared the Zayed International Prize for the Environment in 2006, earned the distinction of becoming a UW-Madison Romnes Faculty Fellow in 2009, won a Fulbright Scholar award in 2014, and was recipient of the Homer Calver Award of the American Public Health Association (APHA) for Environmental Health Leadership in 2015 http://ghi.wisc.edu/ghi-in-action/patz-receives-apha-award-for-environmental-leadership/ ).
Professor Patz earned medical board certification in both Occupational/Environmental Medicine and Family Medicine and received his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University (1987) and his Master of Public Health degree (1992) from Johns Hopkins University.
Xiaoming Shi, MD, PhD is an epidemiologist and public health expert in China. He is the director of the National Institute of Environmental Health (NIEH), Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention that is responsible for investigating, monitoring and evaluating health effects of environmental exposures nationally. His major research interests include environmental hazards and health effects, healthy aging, and the control and prevention of non-communicable diseases (NCDs). He has contributed to establish the National Human Bio-Monitoring Project, which has been set up and implemented in China since 2016. Currently, Dr. Shi is leading a large-scale project systematically assessing the acute health risks of air pollution in China, and is in the process of developing a national environmental public health tracking project. He has experiences working with numerous NCDs and aging studies in Chinese populations.