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During this year's PAS meeting that was held in Baltimore, the Environmental Health SIG capitalized on expertise available in the Baltimore area to assemble an expert panel of speakers from the John Hopkins Children's Environmental Health and Disease Prevention Research Center to review the extent to which dietary intake and obesity mediates the association between air pollution exposure and asthma in children.

The first speaker, Dr. Gregory Diette, has an extensive portfolio of patient-based research in asthma and COPD. Dr. Diette's research focuses on identifying factors that cause or provoke asthma with special interest in air pollutants (particulate matter, NO2, secondhand smoke) and allergens (including mouse) that are especially problematic in inner-city homes. Dr. Diette discussed the history behind the Center for Childhood Asthma in the Urban Environment.

Next, Dr. Nadia Hansel discussed "Indoor Air: Problems and Solutions". Dr. Hansel's research focuses on the environmental and genetic determinants of obstructive lung diseases. She is widely recognized as an international expert in defining the indoor air quality on asthma and COPD health. Her work has been instrumental in showing that indoor pollutants contribute to respiratory morbidity in patients with COPD and children with asthma.

The third speaker, Dr. Elizabeth Matsui, has extensive experience in the clinical investigation of allergen and pollutant exposure and asthma and allergic disease and directs the Data Management and Analysis Core responsible for data management and statistical analysis of studies related to environmental exposures and allergic diseases.  Dr. Matsui discussed "Rethinking Indoor Allergens in Inner-city Asthma".

Finally, Dr. Meredith McCormack, an environmental epidemiologist and pulmonologist with a research focus on the effects of environmental exposures, including air pollution, diet, obesity, and climate change on human health discussed "The effects of obesity and diet on lung disease".

The four cutting-edge presentations stimulated a rich dialogue among the attendees, who reflected their enthusiasm for both the forum and topic through overwhelmingly positive reviews. Evaluations of the SIG meeting were completed by attendees immediately after the session; the summarized results are pending. This year's allotment of SIG funds were offered to our speakers as an honorarium.

Our SIG continues to build its membership base and actively encourages members to pursue cross-collaborative work across institutions and subject areas. Goals for the coming year include collaborating with the advocacy SIG for next year's PAS meeting.

This past year our SIG benefitted from the expert guidance of immediate past co-chair, Dr. Heather Brumberg, who generously volunteered her time by serving in an advisory capacity. We thank Heather for her continued involvement in SIG activities and for providing invaluable guidance. We also wanted to thank Dr. Matt Karwowski for serving as our SIG co-chair from 2013-2016 and wanted to welcome Dr. Marissa Hauptman as our newly-elected SIG co-chair.

SIG Co-Chairs:

Abby Fleisch, MD, MPH,
Boston Children's Hospital, Harvard Medical School
Boston, MA

Mamta Fuloria, MD, the Children's Hospital at Montefiore, Albert Einstein College of Medicine,
Bronx, NY

Mateusz Karwowski, MD, MPH (Outgoing EH SIG Co-Chair)
Division of Environmental Hazards and Health Effects, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Chamblee, GA

Marissa Hauptman, MD, MPH (Incoming SIG Co-Chair)
Boston Children's Hospital; Harvard Medical School; Region 1 New England Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit
Boston, MA
Marissa.H auptman@childrens.harvard.edu

April 2017 Newsletter Article

We are excited to announce an upcoming collaborative meeting with our Advocacy Training SIG and our Environmental Health SIG at this year's PAS meeting!  We have an expert panel of experts focusing on our advocacy efforts in environmental health including:

Ruth Etzel, MD, PhD, FAAP, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Child Health Protection

 Mark Miller, MD, MPH Co-Director, Western States Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit at University of California San Francisco; Director, Children's Environment Health Program, California Environmental Protection Agency

 Robert Gould, MD, Director, Health Professional Outreach and Education at Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment, University of California San Francisco, Past-President Physicians for Social Responsibility 

As usual we will also highlight our trainees amazing work in advocacy including oral and poster presentations!  Come join your colleagues and see the amazing work we are doing to advocate for child health in our communities and get a chance to network with like-minded individuals!

Advocacy Training SIG Co-Chairs

Sara Bode, Marny Dunlap, Margi Rosenthal, and Nancy Kelly

Environmental Health SIG Co-Chairs

Marissa Hauptman,  Mamta Fuloria, Abby Fleisch

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Abby Fleisch, MD, MPH
509 Forest Ave
Portland, ME 04101
Phone: (207) -66-7602

Mamta Fuloria, MD
1601 Tenbroeck Avenue
Bronx, NY 10461
Phone: (718) 904-4105

Marissa Hauptman, MD, MPH
300 Longwood Ave
Boston, MA 02116
Phone: (617) 355-3612



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