ISES & ISEE Joint Session

The ISES 2021 planning team is excited to announce a joint session with the International Society of Environmental Epidemiology (ISEE) on August 30, 2021, focused on systemic racism and environmental health disparities research.

This timely 90-minute session, Systemic Racism Environmental Health Disparities Research, will include a panel discussion of leaders from the federal government and presentations from highly regarded researchers. Take a look at the line-up of speakers and presenters:
The federal panel will include the following:
  • Rick Woychik (Director, NIEHS)–Richard Woychik, Ph.D., became the Director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), one of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the National Toxicology Program (NTP) on June 7, 2020. In these roles, Woychik oversees federal funding for biomedical research to discover how the environment influences human health and disease. Woychik and NIEHS/NTP staff receive input from several advisory boards and councils to accomplish this significant task.
  • John Howard (Director, NIOSH) — John Howard, MD, MPH, JD, LLM, MBA, serves as the Director of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and the Administrator of the World Trade Center Health Program the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in Washington, D.C. He first served as NIOSH director from 2002 through 2008, and again from 2009 to the present.
  • Pat Breysse (NCEH/ATSDR) — Pat Breysse, Ph.D., CIH,  joined CDC in December 2014 as the Director of NCEH/ATSDR. Dr. Breysse leads CDC’s efforts to investigate the relationship between environmental factors and health.
  • Annette Guiseppi-Elie (EPA) —  Annette Guiseppi-Elie, Ph.D., is the Associate Director for Science at EPA’s Center for Computational Toxicology and Exposure (CCTE) in the Office of Research and Development. Annette first joined EPA in 2015 as the Associate Director for Exposure Science at EPA’s National Exposure Research Laboratory. Currently, she is responsible for promoting current and future research in the area of 21st-century toxicology and exposure science. Annette is also a Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering.
Researchers in Environmental Health Sciences:
  • Tamarra James Todd (Assistant Professor, Harvard) — Tamarra James Todd, Ph.D., is an epidemiologist whose research has taken a three-way approach to studying and improving women’s reproductive and long-term health by 1) evaluating the role of environmental chemicals on adverse maternal health outcomes; 2) assessing racial/ethnic disparities in environmental chemical exposures and adverse health outcomes; and 3) developing pregnancy and postpartum interventions to improve women’s chronic disease risk.  One of her related areas of research focuses on racial/ethnic differences in environmental chemical exposures and their contribution to disparities in chronic disease risk. She and her team evaluate both non-pregnant and pregnant populations and assess sources of exposure to certain types of environmental endocrine-disrupting chemicals. This work has led her to explore the role of black hair care products on the risk of certain conditions, such as early age at menarche, as well as other personal care products that contain environmental endocrine-disrupting chemicals.
  • Ami Zota (Associate Professor, GWU)–Ami Zota, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental & Occupational Health at the George Washington University Milken School of Public Health. Dr. Zota’s work seeks to secure environmental justice and improve health equity through advancements in science, policy, and clinical practice. Her research identifies novel pathways linking social disparities, environmental exposures, and reproductive and children’s health.  She is equally committed to science communication so that high-caliber research can reach everyone from concerned mothers and fathers to leaders in the business community to policymakers at the local, state, and federal level. She recognizes the need for new voices to improve environmental public health and combat the current war on science which is why she started Agents of Change.
  • Karletta Chief (Associate Professor, University of Arizona)–Karletta Chief, PhD, research also focuses on how Indigenous communities will be affected by climate change to identify and mitigate risks to these vulnerable populations. As an Extension Specialist, she works to bring relevant science to Native American communities in a culturally sensitive manner by providing hydrology expertise, transferring knowledge, assessing information needs, and developing applied science projects. Dr. Chief is a member of a national network of Indigenous and non-Indigenous scientists focusing on climate change impacts to Indigenous peoples and co-authored several publications in the Special Issue of Climatic Change entitled “Climate Change and Indigenous Peoples in the United States: Impacts, Experiences, and Actions” and Forest Conservation in the Anthropocene.


Note: Anyone who registered for the ISEE annual meeting is welcome to attend this session at no additional cost. This session is included in the ISEE registration price.
Date: Monday, August 30, 2021
Time: 3:00 – 4:30 PM (EST)