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International Network for Epidemiology in Policy



We promote health for all through ethical, independent and transparent science.


WHAT IS EPIDEMIOLOGY
Epidemiology is the study of disease patterns in human and animal populations. Epidemiologists investigate outbreaks, conduct population health research and clinical trials, design and implement disease control measures, assess study design and methodologic issues, and evaluate programs and other community health interventions to improve public health. The knowledge gained from epidemiologic research advances scientific understanding of what causes or prevents disease and provides evidence for better-informed decisions about public health policy and practice. This work ─ at the interface of research and policy ─ is often called “translational science” or “consequential epidemiology.”

WHAT IS INEP
The Joint Policy Committee of the Societies of Epidemiology (JPC-SE) was founded in 2006 as a not-for-profit voluntary consortium of national and international societies and associations of professional epidemiologists. By 2013, to reflect our global expansion, the name was changed to International Joint Policy Committee of the Societies of Epidemiology (IJPC-SE). We have since grown to 23 organizations spanning six continents. In 2018, we adopted a simpler name: The International Network for Epidemiology in Policy (INEP). Our goal remains to ensure health for all through ethical, independent and transparent science.


WHAT WE DO
The epidemiological analysis and interpretation of data can result in controversy. Reports based on poor science, or misleading reports from special interest groups, foment uncertainty that can confuse the public and policy-makers. This can lead to delayed or damaging policies that negatively impact people and the living systems on which they depend. The IJPC-SE works collaboratively and transparently to address health-related issues and minimize harm. We host forums and develop position statements with recommendations to protect and improve public health. Through our collective efforts, we bring to our member organizations the benefit of a unified professional voice in the public interest.

We promote health for all through ethical, independent and transparent science.


OUR CORE VALUES
Our core values anchor us in our collective motivation. We are committed to protect the public interest in a just and respectful way with sensitivity, humility and integrity through ethical, independent and transparent science. As professionals engaged with communities, we are united in the study of disease and health patterns. We promote the use of valid scientific evidence to make informed policy interventions that are designed to mitigate or eliminate potential harm.

OUR VISION
We strive to bring clarity to the science of epidemiology, paving the way to rational evidence-based policy. We work to promote and protect public health by serving as an ethical and effective counterweight to the misuse of epidemiology.

OUR MISSION
The IJPC-SE’s mandate is to promote the ethical and unbiased application of epidemiology. We use epidemiological evidence to inform rational policy development for government and other policy-making organizations. When special interests misuse or create scientific evidence to manufacture doubt, our goal is to provide independent evidence and bring clarity to correct what is scientifically flawed. The Committee works to minimize unjustified delays in the implementation of sound public health policy. We volunteer our expertise to protect the public and to promote health and well-being. The IJPC-SE encourages all national and international organizations of epidemiologists to become members.



Our endorsers

(Academics and Public Interest Advocates appear grouped below in alphabetical order)

ENDORSEMENTS FROM ACADEMICS


Philippe Grandjean
MD, PhD
Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, USA
Co-Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Environmental Health
Recipient of the prestigious Ramazzini Award (2015), and the John Goldsmith Award for Outstanding Contributions to Environmental Epidemiology (2016)

"Interpreting epidemiological findings is becoming increasingly complex. At the same time, the need for human health studies makes epidemiology essential for informing health policy. Particularly in situations where competing interests are at play, an impartial and thorough assessment of epidemiological evidence is crucial. This is why I support INEP."



Philip J. Landrigan
MD, MSc, FAAP
Dean, Global Health, Icahn School of Medicine, Mount Sinai, New York City, USA, a World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre in Children’s Environmental Health
President, Collegium Ramazzini, Bologna, Italy
Editor-in-Chief, Annals of Global Health

"I am honored to support the work of the International Joint Policy Committee of the Societies of Epidemiology (IJPC-SE). The IJPC-SE is a vital voice for honesty and transparency in scientific publishing. The Committee’s tireless efforts to require full and accurate disclosure of all conflicting interests is essential for preserving the integrity of scientific communication."



David Michaels
PhD, MPH
Professor, George Washington University School of Public Health.
Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health (2009‑2017)
Assistant Secretary of Energy for Environment, Safety and Health (1998‑2001)
Author, Doubt is Their Product. How Industry’s War on Science Threatens Your Health. New York (Oxford University Press 2008).

"The IJPC-SE is an essential counterweight to the work of conflicted scientists who focus on delaying needed public health protections rather than on advancing our scientific understanding of the world. I commend the IJPC-SE on its vital mission and hope it is successful in promoting ethical practices and public health values in epidemiology."



Laura Westra
Ph.D.​ (Philosophy), Ph.D. (Law)
Founder and Leader, Global Ecological Integrity Group (GEIG)
Professor Emerita (Philosophy)
University of Windsor Sessional Instructor, Faculty of Law
Visiting Professor, Faculty of Jurisprudence, University of Parma, Italy​

"The IJPC-SE is needed for protecting ─ through its mission to provide unbiased evidence in support of health for all ─ both present and future generations on a sustainable planet. The Global Ecological Integrity Group (GEIG) relies for its inter- and trans-disciplinary work on, among other inputs, epidemiological findings that are valid. The IJPC-SE's public interest work must continue."


ENDORSEMENTS FROM PUBLIC INTEREST ADVOCATES


Maude Barlow
National Chairperson, The Council of Canadians

"The Council of Canadians relies on evidence for its advocacy positions. As National Chairperson of the Council since 1988, I have first-hand knowledge of how science can be manipulated to serve moneyed interests. I therefore endorse and support the IJPC-SE's mission because such an organization, with its transparency and integrity, is the professional group that serves as an effective counter-weight to moneyed influence in advancing public health."



David L. Lewis
B.S., Ph.D.
Research Director, Focus for Health Foundation,
Co-Director of the National Whistleblowers Center Leadership Council,
Chair, Science Advisory Committee, Autism Policy Reform Coalition.

Former U.S. EPA-ORD research microbiologist (1970-1974; 1976-2003), Recipient of EPA Science Achievement Award (2000) as lead author of study published in Nature regarding effects of climate change on biodegradation pathways; Author of Science for Sale: How the US Government Uses Powerful Corporations and Leading Universities to Support Government Policies, Silence Top Scientists, Jeopardize our Health, and Protect Corporate Profits (Skyhorse Publishing, 2014).

"I wholeheartedly support the IJPC-SE because it recognizes the importance of addressing Institutional Scientific Misconduct (ISM). ISM refers to the widespread practice of federal agencies in the U.S. selectively funding in-house and extramural research projects that support government policies, while suppressing research results with negative policy implications."



Elizabeth May
LLB
Officer of the Order of Canada
Member of Parliament for Saanich-Gulf Islands
Leader of the Green Party of Canada

"In a democracy, minority voices are often swamped by those with power, money or influence. It is the job of smaller parties that manage to be elected to government, especially in a multi-cultural society, to bring to the table balance and perspective in the struggle against corruption. The IJPC-SE applies these same principles. With its mission to protect the public interest, I fully endorse the IJPC-SE because we all benefit when policy decisions are rational and informed by scientific truth."



Margaret (Meg) Sears
B.A.Sc. (Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry),
M.Eng, Ph.D. (Biochemical Engineering)
Senior Research Associate, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, Ontario, Canada
Chair and Lead Scientist, Prevent Cancer Now

"Prevent Cancer Now (PCN) wholeheartedly supports INEP as an independent, international expert arbiter of and advocate for high quality, transparent scientific evidence in epidemiology. In PCN's work to stop cancer before it starts, we see that, sadly, carcinogens identified in the laboratory are acted upon only after human harms are confirmed. INEP's role to present impartial evidence, and to expose obfuscation led by vested interests devoting themselves to delaying policy action for generations, is an invaluable public service. INEP has earned trust on the front lines of science in the public interest."



Michael Sheen trained at London's Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA). He is an award-winning stage actor and, since the 2000s, even more so an award-winning screen actor. When not acting, Mr. Sheen serves the public good as an advocate for community well-being. His passion to put humanity on a sustainable and healthy path makes him a sought after speaker.

Indeed, his delivery of the 2017 Annual Raymond Williams Memorial Lecture in Merthyr Tydfil, Wales, is one such example. This Lecture was organised by the Learning & Work Institute Cymru in and sponsored by The Open University, Wales. In addition, Michael is Patron/Ambassador of numerous causes including UNICEF, Social Enterprise UK, Wales Council for Voluntary Action, Streetfootball Wales and the End Youth Homelessness Cymru coalition, and many others.

"Scientific evidence being manipulated or mis-used due to the influence of money or powerful interests is a danger to the public health and particularly to more vulnerable communities. I support the IJPC-SE in its aim to provide ethical, independent and transparent science as a counter-balance to these dangers."



Kathleen Walsh
Interim Executive Director, Evidence for Democracy

"We all benefit when government decision-making is informed by the best available evidence. Evidence for Democracy (E4D) is the leading fact-driven, non-partisan, not-for-profit organization promoting the transparent use of evidence in government decision-making in Canada. E4D's mission aligns strongly with that of the IJPC-SE. Without an impartial voice that speaks to what underlies public health policy, the health of our citizens, and our democracy, suffers. E4D supports the mission of the IJPC-SE."

OUR MEMBERS

NEW ENDORSEMENTS

ORGANIZATIONS wishing to add their endorsement of the Position Statement on Asbestos and/or the ISEE Call for Action on Lead, please send an e-mail to kathleen.ruff@ijpc-se.org, asking to be added to the list of endorsing organizations. Please provide: the name of the organization, its address (including city, state or province, and country), a statement to the effect that this endorsement was officially approved with date of approval and the name and email of a contact person.

INDIVIDUALS wishing to endorse the Position Statement on Asbestos and/or the ISEE Call for Action on Lead, please send an e-mail to kathleen.ruff@ijpc-se.org, asking to be added to the list of individual endorsers. Please provide your name, qualifications, institutional affiliation, city, state or province, and country.

 WHAT'S NEW?

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[January 18, 2019] Latest Endorsement: INEP is pleased to announce a new endorsement of its work by Margaret (Meg) Sears, Chair and Lead Scientist, Prevent Cancer Now.

INEP Board is delighted that Meg, on behalf of Prevent Cancer Now, has chosen to recognise INEP's important role and to endorse INEP's principles, mission and activities.

[January 18, 2019]
Latest Endorsement: INEP is pleased to announce a new endorsement of its work by Margaret (Meg) Sears, Chair and Lead Scientist, Prevent Cancer Now.

INEP Board is delighted that Meg, on behalf of Prevent Cancer Now, has chosen to recognise INEP's important role and to endorse INEP's principles, mission and activities.
[January 16, 2019] The Cardiff (UK) Model for Violence Prevention is being promoted by CDC using a toolkit, training materials and through other media here: The Cardiff Violence Prevention Model - CDC.

This follows evaluation in the UK and elsewhere, and replications in Philadelphia, Atlanta and Milwaukee funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and BJA [US Bureau of Justice Assistance]. Researchers in INEP's member organisations and beyond should find these resources of value in pursuing this important public policy area in their own jurisdictions.

Follow also @violencesociety


[January 16, 2019]
The Cardiff (UK) Model for Violence Prevention is being promoted by CDC using a toolkit, training materials and through other media here: The Cardiff Violence Prevention Model - CDC.

This follows evaluation in the UK and elsewhere, and replications in Philadelphia, Atlanta and Milwaukee funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and BJA [US Bureau of Justice Assistance]. Researchers in INEP's member organisations and beyond should find these resources of value in pursuing this important public policy area in their own jurisdictions.

Follow also @violencesociety

[December 20, 2018] Nature reported that China has introduced “social” punishments for scientific misconduct. Offending researchers could face restrictions on jobs, loans and business opportunities under a system tied to a new social credit system authorized by the China State Council in 2014 for the 2014-2020 planning period.

[December 20, 2018]
Nature reported that China has introduced “social” punishments for scientific misconduct. Offending researchers could face restrictions on jobs, loans and business opportunities under a system tied to a new social credit system authorized by the China State Council in 2014 for the 2014-2020 planning period.
[December 20, 2018] Further to our first 2018 YEAR-END REVIEW sent on November 27th, and our second slightly revised 2018 YEAR-END REVIEW sent on December 10th, we are pleased to release the third and final version of our 2018 YEAR-END REVIEW.

It is considerably shorter, brings our two videos to the front page, and announces the severing of our association with AmazonSmile. It was sent to about 4,200 e-mail addresses on December 20th. 

Visitors to this site are encouraged to share our third 2018 YEAR-END REVIEW with their networks.

[December 20, 2018]
Further to our first 2018 YEAR-END REVIEW sent on November 27th, and our second slightly revised 2018 YEAR-END REVIEW sent on December 10th, we are pleased to release the third and final version of our 2018 YEAR-END REVIEW.

It is considerably shorter, brings our two videos to the front page, and announces the severing of our association with AmazonSmile. It was sent to about 4,200 e-mail addresses on December 20th. 

Visitors to this site are encouraged to share our third 2018 YEAR-END REVIEW with their networks.
[Dec 11, 2018] Two ANNOUNCEMENTS:

The United Nations (UN) Climate Change Conference (COP24) is underway in Katowice, Poland.

Mark your calendars for the September 17-18, 2019 International Aircraft Cabin Air Conference which will take place in London, England.

[Dec 11, 2018]
Two ANNOUNCEMENTS:

The United Nations (UN) Climate Change Conference (COP24) is underway in Katowice, Poland.

Mark your calendars for the September 17-18, 2019 International Aircraft Cabin Air Conference which will take place in London, England.
[December 11, 2018] On the topic of "climate change", this is an update to announce that what was electronically published in September 2018 as A Policy Brief: Climate Change and Epidemiology has been published in Epidemiology; 30(1), January 2019 under the authorship of Wael Al-Delaimy and Michal Krzyzanowski; it can be viewed here.

[December 11, 2018]
On the topic of "climate change", this is an update to announce that what was electronically published in September 2018 as A Policy Brief: Climate Change and Epidemiology has been published in Epidemiology; 30(1), January 2019 under the authorship of Wael Al-Delaimy and Michal Krzyzanowski; it can be viewed here.
[December 10, 2018] Further to our first 2018 YEAR-END REVIEW sent on November 27th, a second slightly revised 2018 YEAR-END REVIEW was sent to about 4,200 e-mail addresses on December 10th. It is a review of 2018 accomplishments.

Visitors to this site are encouraged to share our second 2018 YEAR-END REVIEW with their networks.

[December 10, 2018]
Further to our first 2018 YEAR-END REVIEW sent on November 27th, a second slightly revised 2018 YEAR-END REVIEW was sent to about 4,200 e-mail addresses on December 10th. It is a review of 2018 accomplishments.

Visitors to this site are encouraged to share our second 2018 YEAR-END REVIEW with their networks.
[Dec 9, 2018] The Earth Charter Initiative, University for Peace, Costa Rica, reports three lectures delivered by INEP Development Committee Chair, Dr. Colin L. Soskolne, between August and October 2018 concerning The Earth Charter and Planetary Health. The report is in both English and Spanish and is published in Earth Charter News, December, 2018.

[Dec 9, 2018]
The Earth Charter Initiative, University for Peace, Costa Rica, reports three lectures delivered by INEP Development Committee Chair, Dr. Colin L. Soskolne, between August and October 2018 concerning The Earth Charter and Planetary Health. The report is in both English and Spanish and is published in Earth Charter News, December, 2018.
[December 6, 2018] The latest issue of Public Health & Environment e-News was released today by the World Health Organization’s Department of Public Health, Environmental and Social Determinants of Health. It contains many reports of potential interest to INEP followers.

[December 6, 2018]
The latest issue of Public Health & Environment e-News was released today by the World Health Organization’s Department of Public Health, Environmental and Social Determinants of Health. It contains many reports of potential interest to INEP followers.
[Nov 27, 2018] Today, INEP's 2018 YEAR-END REVIEW was sent to about 4,500 e-mail addresses. It brings to attention the name-change from IJPC-SE to INEP, makes available INEP's two new videos, and provides a lively review of 2018 accomplishments.

Visitors to this site are encouraged to share our 2018 YEAR-END REVIEW with their networks.

[Nov 27, 2018]
Today, INEP's 2018 YEAR-END REVIEW was sent to about 4,500 e-mail addresses. It brings to attention the name-change from IJPC-SE to INEP, makes available INEP's two new videos, and provides a lively review of 2018 accomplishments.

Visitors to this site are encouraged to share our 2018 YEAR-END REVIEW with their networks.
[Nov 21, 2018] An example has arisen in British Columbia, Canada, one that is at the heart of INEP's mission. It relates to proposed environmental assessment legislation that scientists are claiming needs a boost of integrity. It is an example of scientists getting involved and speaking out through an Open Letter on this critical issue. It points out that government policy should be based on independent science that serves the public interest.

INEP member organizations are encouraged to submit a brief note about important actions like this one should they arise in their countries.

[Nov 21, 2018]
An example has arisen in British Columbia, Canada, one that is at the heart of INEP's mission. It relates to proposed environmental assessment legislation that scientists are claiming needs a boost of integrity. It is an example of scientists getting involved and speaking out through an Open Letter on this critical issue. It points out that government policy should be based on independent science that serves the public interest.

INEP member organizations are encouraged to submit a brief note about important actions like this one should they arise in their countries.
[November 14, 2018] INEP’s Policy Brief on The role of epidemiology in firearm violence prevention was published on April 27, 2018. On October 30, 2018, the American College of Physicians (ACP) issued guidelines for health professionals to get involved in reducing gun violence. In response to these guidelines, the US National Rifle Association (NRA) chided US health professionals for becoming involved in the gun violence debate.

A coalition of US clinicians and health professionals strongly disagree stating that, not only are health professionals already involved, their being involved is, indeed, part of their responsibility!

[November 14, 2018]
INEP’s Policy Brief on The role of epidemiology in firearm violence prevention was published on April 27, 2018. On October 30, 2018, the American College of Physicians (ACP) issued guidelines for health professionals to get involved in reducing gun violence. In response to these guidelines, the US National Rifle Association (NRA) chided US health professionals for becoming involved in the gun violence debate.

A coalition of US clinicians and health professionals strongly disagree stating that, not only are health professionals already involved, their being involved is, indeed, part of their responsibility!
[Oct 21, 2018] In The Epidemiology Monitor, a report entitled UCLA Investigators Seek To Determine How Research Evidence Can Be Made More Useful For Public Health, appears in which UCLA investigators conclude that users of scientific evidence are eager to make use of information, but they would like research designed, executed, and results packaged in more user-friendly ways. And, users want to know how the results would apply in their area, for whom, and at what cost.

Also in this same issue of The Epidemiology Monitor, links are provided to four older related reports in the Monitor, one from 1993, two from 1995, and one from 1998. Each of these reports is of direct relevance to INEP's mission, addressing how to turn research data into policy (aka "consequential epidemiology" and "knowledge translation").

[Oct 21, 2018]
In The Epidemiology Monitor, a report entitled UCLA Investigators Seek To Determine How Research Evidence Can Be Made More Useful For Public Health, appears in which UCLA investigators conclude that users of scientific evidence are eager to make use of information, but they would like research designed, executed, and results packaged in more user-friendly ways. And, users want to know how the results would apply in their area, for whom, and at what cost.

Also in this same issue of The Epidemiology Monitor, links are provided to four older related reports in the Monitor, one from 1993, two from 1995, and one from 1998. Each of these reports is of direct relevance to INEP's mission, addressing how to turn research data into policy (aka "consequential epidemiology" and "knowledge translation").
[Oct 21, 2018] In The Epidemiology Monitor, a report entitled Expert Panel Reports on Possible Acceleration of Efforts to Limit Global Warming to 1.5ºC Rather Than 2.0ºC Above Pre-industrial Levels, attention is drawn also to the recent joint INEP - ISEE Policy Brief calling on epidemiologists to play a greater Role in climate change research.

See also our October 20, 2018 entry below in reference to the recorded video debate on climate change by the Honourable Elizabeth May, INEP endorser, in the Canadian House of Parliament that took place on October 15, 2018.

[Oct 21, 2018]
In The Epidemiology Monitor, a report entitled Expert Panel Reports on Possible Acceleration of Efforts to Limit Global Warming to 1.5ºC Rather Than 2.0ºC Above Pre-industrial Levels, attention is drawn also to the recent joint INEP - ISEE Policy Brief calling on epidemiologists to play a greater Role in climate change research.

See also our October 20, 2018 entry below in reference to the recorded video debate on climate change by the Honourable Elizabeth May, INEP endorser, in the Canadian House of Parliament that took place on October 15, 2018.
[October 20, 2018] An INEP endorser, the Honourable Elizabeth May, is recorded in a compelling 10-minute video call to action on climate change to the Parliament of Canada. This was part of an emergency debate that took place in the House of Parliament, Ottawa, on October 15, 2018, to address how Canada will respond to the new Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report.

[October 20, 2018]
An INEP endorser, the Honourable Elizabeth May, is recorded in a compelling 10-minute video call to action on climate change to the Parliament of Canada. This was part of an emergency debate that took place in the House of Parliament, Ottawa, on October 15, 2018, to address how Canada will respond to the new Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report.
[October 17, 2018] The Canadian government approved regulations to prohibit asbestos and products containing asbestos; it will come into effect in 90 days. This long-awaited ban on asbestos is cause for celebration. Readers will recall the efforts of INEP (formerly known as IJPC-SE) in 2012 for a global ban on asbestos with the release of its Position Statement on Asbestos.

However, there are serious health concerns with the new regulation: these include exemptions for millions of tons of asbestos-containing mining wastes from which magnesium is being extracted, and an eleven year exemption for a chlor-alkali plant in Quebec to phase out the diaphragms that it uses in the process and which are made from asbestos.

[October 17, 2018]
The Canadian government approved regulations to prohibit asbestos and products containing asbestos; it will come into effect in 90 days. This long-awaited ban on asbestos is cause for celebration. Readers will recall the efforts of INEP (formerly known as IJPC-SE) in 2012 for a global ban on asbestos with the release of its Position Statement on Asbestos.

However, there are serious health concerns with the new regulation: these include exemptions for millions of tons of asbestos-containing mining wastes from which magnesium is being extracted, and an eleven year exemption for a chlor-alkali plant in Quebec to phase out the diaphragms that it uses in the process and which are made from asbestos.
[Oct 11, 2018] A recent study on the health effects of alcohol was published in The Lancet on August 23, 2018.

The authors, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, conclude that: “Alcohol use is a leading risk factor for global disease burden and causes substantial health loss. We found that the risk of all-cause mortality, and of cancers specifically, rises with increasing levels of consumption, and the level of consumption that minimises health loss is zero. These results suggest that alcohol control policies might need to be revised worldwide, refocusing on efforts to lower overall population-level consumption.”

PDF version of the study.

[Oct 11, 2018]
A recent study on the health effects of alcohol was published in The Lancet on August 23, 2018.

The authors, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, conclude that: “Alcohol use is a leading risk factor for global disease burden and causes substantial health loss. We found that the risk of all-cause mortality, and of cancers specifically, rises with increasing levels of consumption, and the level of consumption that minimises health loss is zero. These results suggest that alcohol control policies might need to be revised worldwide, refocusing on efforts to lower overall population-level consumption.”

PDF version of the study.
[Oct 2, 2018] Advocates call in STAT for a single pool of conflicts data for medical publications — one that captures cash payments, patents, stock holdings, board seats (both corporate and foundations), funding sources for research — against which editors can screen authors.

The burden of tracking conflicts on an individual level must be as automated as possible. The names of authors would be linked to their entries in the database, so any reader could click and judge what’s relevant and what isn’t.

[Oct 2, 2018]
Advocates call in STAT for a single pool of conflicts data for medical publications — one that captures cash payments, patents, stock holdings, board seats (both corporate and foundations), funding sources for research — against which editors can screen authors.

The burden of tracking conflicts on an individual level must be as automated as possible. The names of authors would be linked to their entries in the database, so any reader could click and judge what’s relevant and what isn’t.
[Sep 29, 2018] INEP, along with 48 other signatories, has endorsed a Letter to the United Nations. The Letter seeks better assurance of the independence of advice given to expert committees and working groups and to avoid conflicts of interest in such deliberations that might otherwise go unnoticed. The Letter addresses primarily the role of the food and drinks sector, but has relevance to many other areas of non-communicable disease prevention.

[Sep 29, 2018]
INEP, along with 48 other signatories, has endorsed a Letter to the United Nations. The Letter seeks better assurance of the independence of advice given to expert committees and working groups and to avoid conflicts of interest in such deliberations that might otherwise go unnoticed. The Letter addresses primarily the role of the food and drinks sector, but has relevance to many other areas of non-communicable disease prevention.
[Sep 29, 2018] INEP, along with 48 other signatories, has endorsed a Letter to the United Nations. The Letter seeks better assurance of the independence of advice given to expert committees and working groups and to avoid conflicts of interest in such deliberations that might otherwise go unnoticed. The Letter addresses primarily the role of the food and drinks sector, but has relevance to many other areas of non-communicable disease prevention.

[Sep 29, 2018]
INEP, along with 48 other signatories, has endorsed a Letter to the United Nations. The Letter seeks better assurance of the independence of advice given to expert committees and working groups and to avoid conflicts of interest in such deliberations that might otherwise go unnoticed. The Letter addresses primarily the role of the food and drinks sector, but has relevance to many other areas of non-communicable disease prevention.
[Sep 28, 2018] Published ahead of print in Epidemiology is the joint INEP and ISEE Policy Brief on Climate Change and Epidemiology. It is being published as a Commentary under the authorship of Wael Al-Delaimy and Michal Krzyzanowski.

A PDF of the "Ahead or Print ACCEPTED" manuscript can be accessed here.

[Sep 28, 2018]
Published ahead of print in Epidemiology is the joint INEP and ISEE Policy Brief on Climate Change and Epidemiology. It is being published as a Commentary under the authorship of Wael Al-Delaimy and Michal Krzyzanowski.

A PDF of the "Ahead or Print ACCEPTED" manuscript can be accessed here.
[September 25, 2018] Between 2000 and 2016, the number of Canadians dying from mesothelioma increased from 292 deaths in 2000 to 510 in 2016 – an increase of 70%. In total, according to the latest data from Statistics Canada, almost 7,000 Canadians died from mesothelioma during this period.

The most common cause of mesothelioma is exposure to asbestos, and it can occur several decades after that exposure, which often was occupational. According to Kathleen Ruff's most recent analysis, despite public health experts appealing for an effective ban on asbestos across all of Canada, political leaders in Quebec continue to resist calls for stronger regulation and restrictions on its use, to bring the Province into line with all of Canada and other Western countries, despite the powerful epidemiological and clinical evidence of serious harm caused by asbestos.

[September 25, 2018]
Between 2000 and 2016, the number of Canadians dying from mesothelioma increased from 292 deaths in 2000 to 510 in 2016 – an increase of 70%. In total, according to the latest data from Statistics Canada, almost 7,000 Canadians died from mesothelioma during this period.

The most common cause of mesothelioma is exposure to asbestos, and it can occur several decades after that exposure, which often was occupational. According to Kathleen Ruff's most recent analysis, despite public health experts appealing for an effective ban on asbestos across all of Canada, political leaders in Quebec continue to resist calls for stronger regulation and restrictions on its use, to bring the Province into line with all of Canada and other Western countries, despite the powerful epidemiological and clinical evidence of serious harm caused by asbestos.
[September 23, 2018] National and International voluntary professional societies and associations of epidemiologists are invited to consider joining INEP, adding to our current number of 23 member organizations; to do so, please contact us for more information.

[September 23, 2018]
National and International voluntary professional societies and associations of epidemiologists are invited to consider joining INEP, adding to our current number of 23 member organizations; to do so, please contact us for more information.
[September 23, 2018] INEP's mission is enriched and advanced with the engagement of its 23 member organizations. In addition to the financial support kindly provided by our donors and volunteers, member organization support, not only through direct engagement via the INEP Board, but also through affordable financial contributions and in-kind contributions of time and resources, is proving important for ensuring INEP's sustainability.

We are therefore grateful for the most recent financial contribution from the Australasian Epidemiological Association (AEA) in support of our collective work. If any other of our member organizations is ready to make a donation in support of INEP, please do so by clicking here.

[September 23, 2018]
INEP's mission is enriched and advanced with the engagement of its 23 member organizations. In addition to the financial support kindly provided by our donors and volunteers, member organization support, not only through direct engagement via the INEP Board, but also through affordable financial contributions and in-kind contributions of time and resources, is proving important for ensuring INEP's sustainability.

We are therefore grateful for the most recent financial contribution from the Australasian Epidemiological Association (AEA) in support of our collective work. If any other of our member organizations is ready to make a donation in support of INEP, please do so by clicking here.
[September 19, 2018] The Australasian Epidemiological Association (AEA), a valued member organization of INEP, has recently made a welcome financial contribution in the form of a donation to support the work of INEP. The AEA strongly supports initiatives that promote the use of epidemiological evidence in health-related policy decisions and looks forward to continuing their active membership of INEP.

Other INEP member organizations are encouraged to make an affordable voluntary donation to ensure the ongoing work of INEP to bring epidemiology into health and social policy decisions; and, non-member societies and associations of epidemiology are beseeched to join INEP and to contribute both modest time and funds, and to add their voice in developing priorities for INEP's actions in the coming year.

[September 19, 2018]
The Australasian Epidemiological Association (AEA), a valued member organization of INEP, has recently made a welcome financial contribution in the form of a donation to support the work of INEP. The AEA strongly supports initiatives that promote the use of epidemiological evidence in health-related policy decisions and looks forward to continuing their active membership of INEP.

Other INEP member organizations are encouraged to make an affordable voluntary donation to ensure the ongoing work of INEP to bring epidemiology into health and social policy decisions; and, non-member societies and associations of epidemiology are beseeched to join INEP and to contribute both modest time and funds, and to add their voice in developing priorities for INEP's actions in the coming year.
[September 17, 2018] The Research Fairness Initiative (RFI) proposed by the Council on Health Research for Development (COHRED), has now been published as an editorial in BMJ Global Health entitled Towards equity in global health partnerships: adoption of the Research Fairness Initiative (RFI) by Portuguese-speaking countries.

The editorial provides motivation for institutions to become "RFI Reporting Organisations".

[September 17, 2018]
The Research Fairness Initiative (RFI) proposed by the Council on Health Research for Development (COHRED), has now been published as an editorial in BMJ Global Health entitled Towards equity in global health partnerships: adoption of the Research Fairness Initiative (RFI) by Portuguese-speaking countries.

The editorial provides motivation for institutions to become "RFI Reporting Organisations".
[September 13, 2018] Free access to all published research was proposed by George Monbiot in an article in The Guardian.

He argues that “Everyone should be free to learn; knowledge should be disseminated as widely as possible … governments and universities have allowed the big academic publishers to deny these rights.”

[September 13, 2018]
Free access to all published research was proposed by George Monbiot in an article in The Guardian.

He argues that “Everyone should be free to learn; knowledge should be disseminated as widely as possible … governments and universities have allowed the big academic publishers to deny these rights.”
[August 27, 2018] The “reproducibility crisis” in science is erupting again according to an article in the Washington Post. It reported a new research project that attempted to replicate 21 social science experiments published between 2010 and 2015 in the prestigious journals Science and Nature.

Only 13 replication attempts succeeded. The other eight replication attempts found no observed effects consistent with the original findings.

[August 27, 2018]
The “reproducibility crisis” in science is erupting again according to an article in the Washington Post. It reported a new research project that attempted to replicate 21 social science experiments published between 2010 and 2015 in the prestigious journals Science and Nature.

Only 13 replication attempts succeeded. The other eight replication attempts found no observed effects consistent with the original findings.
[August 11, 2018] The National Academies Press (NAP) publishes the reports of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in the USA. A recent report "Open Science by Design: Realizing a Vision for 21st Century Research" is freely accessible here.

[August 11, 2018]
The National Academies Press (NAP) publishes the reports of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in the USA. A recent report "Open Science by Design: Realizing a Vision for 21st Century Research" is freely accessible here.
[August 11, 2018] In a jury trial in California, USA, the judge ruled on August 10 2018 against Monsanto and ordered Monsanto to pay $289 million to the first person to take the manufacturer of the weedkiller, Roundup, to trial after developing his cancer. The chemical exposure of concern in this product is glyphosate. The trial points to the role of science in the judgment. 

[August 11, 2018]
In a jury trial in California, USA, the judge ruled on August 10 2018 against Monsanto and ordered Monsanto to pay $289 million to the first person to take the manufacturer of the weedkiller, Roundup, to trial after developing his cancer. The chemical exposure of concern in this product is glyphosate. The trial points to the role of science in the judgment. 
[August 6, 2018] From the American Academy of Pediatrics, its endorsement of INEP’s April 2018 Policy Brief on The role of epidemiology in firearm violence prevention is announced in the August 2018 issue of the journal, Pediatrics.

[August 6, 2018]
From the American Academy of Pediatrics, its endorsement of INEP’s April 2018 Policy Brief on The role of epidemiology in firearm violence prevention is announced in the August 2018 issue of the journal, Pediatrics.
[Aug 3, 2018] The US site, STAT, published a critique by Lev Facher, on the potential pitfalls of industry funding of research, with particular focus on the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH). 

The piece highlights the ethical issues involved in funding research from non-governmental commercial sources and asks if transparency and awareness of ethical conflicts can protect research from being tarnished by industry association.

[Aug 3, 2018]
The US site, STAT, published a critique by Lev Facher, on the potential pitfalls of industry funding of research, with particular focus on the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH). 

The piece highlights the ethical issues involved in funding research from non-governmental commercial sources and asks if transparency and awareness of ethical conflicts can protect research from being tarnished by industry association.
[Aug 2, 2018] The main annual event of the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology (ISEE) is its ANNUAL CONFERENCE. It is organized this year together with the International Society of Exposure Science and will take place in Ottawa, Canada, August 26-30, 2018.

Details here.

[Aug 2, 2018]
The main annual event of the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology (ISEE) is its ANNUAL CONFERENCE. It is organized this year together with the International Society of Exposure Science and will take place in Ottawa, Canada, August 26-30, 2018.

Details here.
[Jul 29, 2018] Are safeguards needed to ensure that private funding does not influence the results of academic research?

Investigative journalism in Canada brings to the surface much of INEP's reason for being. Listen to the 23:18-minute report accessible here.

According to Professor Arthur Schafer, safeguards are needed to maintain public trust in the integrity of the work products of our universities.

[Jul 29, 2018]
Are safeguards needed to ensure that private funding does not influence the results of academic research?

Investigative journalism in Canada brings to the surface much of INEP's reason for being. Listen to the 23:18-minute report accessible here.

According to Professor Arthur Schafer, safeguards are needed to maintain public trust in the integrity of the work products of our universities.
[Jul 23, 2018] Evidence regarding medical use of cannabis products has just been reviewed - at ​the ​request of government ministers - by the Chief Medical Officer for England and the Chief Medical Adviser to the United Kingdom Government. The 18-page report dated June 2018 provides up-to-date, independent evidence. The report is accessible here.

[Jul 23, 2018]
Evidence regarding medical use of cannabis products has just been reviewed - at ​the ​request of government ministers - by the Chief Medical Officer for England and the Chief Medical Adviser to the United Kingdom Government. The 18-page report dated June 2018 provides up-to-date, independent evidence. The report is accessible here.
[Jul 22, 2018] Dr. Jerry Heindel of NIEHS until 2016​,​ is now Director of the Program on Endocrine Disruption Strategies at Commonweal.

His latest 30-minute educational webinar on July 18, 2018, is entitled Developmental Origins of Health and Disease and Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals: Past, Present and FutureIt is coordinated through the Collaborative on Health and the Environment.

[Jul 22, 2018]
Dr. Jerry Heindel of NIEHS until 2016​,​ is now Director of the Program on Endocrine Disruption Strategies at Commonweal.

His latest 30-minute educational webinar on July 18, 2018, is entitled Developmental Origins of Health and Disease and Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals: Past, Present and FutureIt is coordinated through the Collaborative on Health and the Environment.
[July 11, 2018] INEP's mission includes understanding determinants that influence the translation of research into policy.

A recent item in The New York Times (NYT, 8 July 2018) reports how the attempt to pass a breastfeeding resolution, and the intended sponsors of the resolution, were opposed by the United States (US) at the World Health Assembly in Geneva in May 2018. The next day, in a BBC report, President Trump denied US opposition to the breastfeeding resolution.

We are pleased to report that the resolution to encourage breastfeeding, consistent with evidence and existing WHO policy, was ultimately passed by the Assembly.

[July 11, 2018]
INEP's mission includes understanding determinants that influence the translation of research into policy.

A recent item in The New York Times (NYT, 8 July 2018) reports how the attempt to pass a breastfeeding resolution, and the intended sponsors of the resolution, were opposed by the United States (US) at the World Health Assembly in Geneva in May 2018. The next day, in a BBC report, President Trump denied US opposition to the breastfeeding resolution.

We are pleased to report that the resolution to encourage breastfeeding, consistent with evidence and existing WHO policy, was ultimately passed by the Assembly.
[April 28, 2018] The Role of Epidemiology in Firearm Violence Prevention: A Policy Brief is the most recent deliverable from INEP (formerly known as IJPC-SE). The editorial was published in the International Journal of Epidemiology (IJE).

The full text can be read here. The media release appears here.

Dissemination among the epidemiology community through The Epidemiology Monitor can be found here. More information on the Firearm Violence Prevention Policy Brief can be found under the PUBLICATIONS tab here.

[April 28, 2018]
The Role of Epidemiology in Firearm Violence Prevention: A Policy Brief is the most recent deliverable from INEP (formerly known as IJPC-SE). The editorial was published in the International Journal of Epidemiology (IJE).

The full text can be read here. The media release appears here.

Dissemination among the epidemiology community through The Epidemiology Monitor can be found here. More information on the Firearm Violence Prevention Policy Brief can be found under the PUBLICATIONS tab here.
[April 20, 2018] Springer Nature has granted permission for "Ethics Guidelines in Environmental Epidemiology: Their Development and Challenges We Face" in Current Environmental Health Reports to become more accessible. The article was written and published a year ago by Shira Kramer and Colin Soskolne and can be accessed free-of-charge here.
[April 20, 2018]
Springer Nature has granted permission for "Ethics Guidelines in Environmental Epidemiology: Their Development and Challenges We Face" in Current Environmental Health Reports to become more accessible. The article was written and published a year ago by Shira Kramer and Colin Soskolne and can be accessed free-of-charge here.
[March 19, 2018] What the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering​,​ and Medicine is to the USA, the IJPC-SE is globally in the world of epidemiology. See this 3-minute video.
[March 19, 2018]
What the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering​,​ and Medicine is to the USA, the IJPC-SE is globally in the world of epidemiology. See this 3-minute video.
[March 12, 20​18] The Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) published its Asbestos Call to Action on February 2, 2018 for World Cancer Day. This Call to Action relied heavily on the IJPC-SE’s 2012 Position Statement on Asbestos. One of the UICC’s key interests lies in informing the public and decision makers about the dangers of asbestos mining and export.
[March 12, 20​18]
The Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) published its Asbestos Call to Action on February 2, 2018 for World Cancer Day. This Call to Action relied heavily on the IJPC-SE’s 2012 Position Statement on Asbestos. One of the UICC’s key interests lies in informing the public and decision makers about the dangers of asbestos mining and export.
[March 5, 2018] A report in the Independent Science News for Food and Agriculture shows how the European Union’s GMO Regulator Ignored Human Health Warnings over a Monsanto Insecticidal Corn.
[March 5, 2018]
A report in the Independent Science News for Food and Agriculture shows how the European Union’s GMO Regulator Ignored Human Health Warnings over a Monsanto Insecticidal Corn.
[March 5, 2018] In a report in The Guardian, Monsanto says its pesticides are safe. Now, a court wants to see the proof. This week’s events will mark the first time that the science used to justify certain pesticides will be analyzed under oath for all to see.
[March 5, 2018]
In a report in The Guardian, Monsanto says its pesticides are safe. Now, a court wants to see the proof. This week’s events will mark the first time that the science used to justify certain pesticides will be analyzed under oath for all to see.
[March 5, 2018] Appearing in MIT Technology Review is a report:“The tricks propagandists use to beat science”.

It describes a model detailing how opinions are spread and reveals how propagandists use the scientific process against itself to influence policy-makers.

[March 5, 2018]
Appearing in MIT Technology Review is a report:“The tricks propagandists use to beat science”.

It describes a model detailing how opinions are spread and reveals how propagandists use the scientific process against itself to influence policy-makers.
[March 2, 2018] FDAAA 2007 is an American law requiring certain randomized controlled trials to report their results within 13 months of completion, under penalty of fine. AllTrials — an initiative calling for all past and present trials to be registered and their full methods and summary results reported — is tracking the US Food and Drug Administration’s use of fines to enforce compliance with FDAAA 2007. To date, almost $1.8M in fines could have been levied under the legislation yet the total amount of actual fines is $0. The data are available on the FDAAA Trials Tracker.
[March 2, 2018]
FDAAA 2007 is an American law requiring certain randomized controlled trials to report their results within 13 months of completion, under penalty of fine. AllTrials — an initiative calling for all past and present trials to be registered and their full methods and summary results reported — is tracking the US Food and Drug Administration’s use of fines to enforce compliance with FDAAA 2007. To date, almost $1.8M in fines could have been levied under the legislation yet the total amount of actual fines is $0. The data are available on the FDAAA Trials Tracker.
[March 2, 2018] The updated list of endorsers to the ISEE's Call for Action on Lead is provided through the willing offices of Kathleen Ruff, Expert Adviser to the Chair and the Executive Committee, the IJPC-SE. Click here for more information.
[March 2, 2018]
The updated list of endorsers to the ISEE's Call for Action on Lead is provided through the willing offices of Kathleen Ruff, Expert Adviser to the Chair and the Executive Committee, the IJPC-SE. Click here for more information.
[February 16, 2018] A report in The Atlantic entitled Why Can't the U.S. Treat Gun Violence as a Public-Health Problem? points out that a 1996 bill has had a chilling effect on the CDC’s ability to research firearms.
[February 16, 2018]
A report in The Atlantic entitled Why Can't the U.S. Treat Gun Violence as a Public-Health Problem? points out that a 1996 bill has had a chilling effect on the CDC’s ability to research firearms.
[February 15, 2018] Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill's (D) ongoing investigation into opioid makers claims the manufacturers of this class of painkiller channeled approximately $9 million to advocacy and industry groups that later promoted the drugs.
[February 15, 2018]
Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill's (D) ongoing investigation into opioid makers claims the manufacturers of this class of painkiller channeled approximately $9 million to advocacy and industry groups that later promoted the drugs.
[February 13, 2018] In the February 3 2018 issue of the Am J Ind Med., a COMMENTARY appears entitled: IARC Monographs Program and public health under siege by corporate interests. The authors, Infante PF, Melnick R, Vainio H and Huff J. conclude that such interference does not bode well for the free flow of scientific information that informs and protects the public from risks of cancer.
[February 13, 2018]
In the February 3 2018 issue of the Am J Ind Med., a COMMENTARY appears entitled: IARC Monographs Program and public health under siege by corporate interests. The authors, Infante PF, Melnick R, Vainio H and Huff J. conclude that such interference does not bode well for the free flow of scientific information that informs and protects the public from risks of cancer.
[February 12, 2018] ​A 2017 Master’s-level thesis entitled Law, Culture and Reprisals: A Qualitative Case Study of Whistleblowing & Health Canada’s Drug Approval Process ​has been completed ​by Pamela Forward at Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.​ She examines the role of law and culture in reprisals against whistleblowers and the consequences and implications for public safety and accountable, democratic governance.

Among other things, the study exposes the behaviors that senior bureaucrats engaged in which obscured the reality, and misled the Minister, Parliament and Canadians on a public safety matter.

[February 12, 2018]
​A 2017 Master’s-level thesis entitled Law, Culture and Reprisals: A Qualitative Case Study of Whistleblowing & Health Canada’s Drug Approval Process ​has been completed ​by Pamela Forward at Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.​ She examines the role of law and culture in reprisals against whistleblowers and the consequences and implications for public safety and accountable, democratic governance.

Among other things, the study exposes the behaviors that senior bureaucrats engaged in which obscured the reality, and misled the Minister, Parliament and Canadians on a public safety matter.
[February 8, 2018] An 18-page Minority Staff Report prepared for members of the Committee on Science, Space & Technology, U.S. House of Representatives, February 2018, discusses the chemical industry’s impact on the objectivity of scientific inquiry.
[February 8, 2018]
An 18-page Minority Staff Report prepared for members of the Committee on Science, Space & Technology, U.S. House of Representatives, February 2018, discusses the chemical industry’s impact on the objectivity of scientific inquiry.
[February 6, 2018] Being a public charity in the USA, the IJPC-SE is now recognized by AmazonSmile. This allows shoppers around the world to direct 0.5% of Amazon purchases to the IJPC-SE
[February 6, 2018]
Being a public charity in the USA, the IJPC-SE is now recognized by AmazonSmile. This allows shoppers around the world to direct 0.5% of Amazon purchases to the IJPC-SE
[January 30, 2018] To celebrate the 30th year of the European Educational Programme in Epidemiology, the Rodolfo Saracci Lecture was established in 2017. It was delivered by Maria Carolina Borges, University of Bristol, Bristol, United Kingdom,​ entitled “Challenges to epidemiology in a world of imperfect evidence, polarisation, misinterpretation, and conflicts of interest”. This 35-minute lecture relates directly to the mission of the IJPC-SE; financial and non-financial conflicting interests are addressed for 5 minutes at the 18-minute point.​
[January 30, 2018]
To celebrate the 30th year of the European Educational Programme in Epidemiology, the Rodolfo Saracci Lecture was established in 2017. It was delivered by Maria Carolina Borges, University of Bristol, Bristol, United Kingdom,​ entitled “Challenges to epidemiology in a world of imperfect evidence, polarisation, misinterpretation, and conflicts of interest”. This 35-minute lecture relates directly to the mission of the IJPC-SE; financial and non-financial conflicting interests are addressed for 5 minutes at the 18-minute point.​
[January 28, 2018] An editorial Go Public or Perish in the February 2018 issue of Scientific American addresses the need for public engagement on policy matters by academics. It claims that when universities discourage scientists from speaking out, society suffers; scientists should be constantly exposing misinformation, bogus alternative facts and fake science.​
[January 28, 2018]
An editorial Go Public or Perish in the February 2018 issue of Scientific American addresses the need for public engagement on policy matters by academics. It claims that when universities discourage scientists from speaking out, society suffers; scientists should be constantly exposing misinformation, bogus alternative facts and fake science.​
[January 27, 2018] ​Concerned about the prevailing trend in epidemiology to focus more on methods and less on health problems, faculty at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health have launched a Translational Epidemiology Initiative (TEI).
[January 27, 2018]
​Concerned about the prevailing trend in epidemiology to focus more on methods and less on health problems, faculty at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health have launched a Translational Epidemiology Initiative (TEI).
[January 27, 2018] An interview with Sandro Galea, author of a new book entitled Healthier: Fifty Thoughts on the Foundations of Population Health. Galea suggests that academics have a responsibility to tackle topics of consequence, and to speak fearlessly about what it will take to create a healthier world.​
[January 27, 2018]
An interview with Sandro Galea, author of a new book entitled Healthier: Fifty Thoughts on the Foundations of Population Health. Galea suggests that academics have a responsibility to tackle topics of consequence, and to speak fearlessly about what it will take to create a healthier world.​
[January 23, 2018] DuPont vs. the World: chemical giant covered up health risks of Teflon contamination across globe. This is a new 47-minute documentary called The Devil We Know. It looks at how former DuPont employees, residents and lawyers took on the chemical giant to expose the danger of the chemical C8 found in Teflon and countless household products such as stain- and water-resistant apparel, microwave popcorn bags, and dental floss.
[January 23, 2018]
DuPont vs. the World: chemical giant covered up health risks of Teflon contamination across globe. This is a new 47-minute documentary called The Devil We Know. It looks at how former DuPont employees, residents and lawyers took on the chemical giant to expose the danger of the chemical C8 found in Teflon and countless household products such as stain- and water-resistant apparel, microwave popcorn bags, and dental floss.
[January 19, 2018] Canadian Society for Epidemiology and Biostatistics Webinar: “Epidemiology in Policy – Informing Health Economic Research: A 2-part Series”, presented by Thy Dinh, PhD, March 6 and 7, 2018 between 1200-1330 EST on each day. Register now!
[January 19, 2018]
Canadian Society for Epidemiology and Biostatistics Webinar: “Epidemiology in Policy – Informing Health Economic Research: A 2-part Series”, presented by Thy Dinh, PhD, March 6 and 7, 2018 between 1200-1330 EST on each day. Register now!
[January 18, 2018] Released today is a Press Advisory about ToxicDocs: Opening a New Era of Evidence for Policies to Protect Public Health. Jerry Markowitz and David Rosner introduce ToxicDocs.org​. Columbia University and the City University of New York​ have compiled millions of ​pages of ​previously ​classified ​documents on ​industrial ​poisons​, making them freely accessible​​.​
[January 18, 2018]
Released today is a Press Advisory about ToxicDocs: Opening a New Era of Evidence for Policies to Protect Public Health. Jerry Markowitz and David Rosner introduce ToxicDocs.org​. Columbia University and the City University of New York​ have compiled millions of ​pages of ​previously ​classified ​documents on ​industrial ​poisons​, making them freely accessible​​.​
[January 18, 2018] Dr. David L. Lewis, author of Science for Sale (2014), became the ninth key figure to endorse the IJPC-SE. After a career as an EPA research microbiologist, he moved into science advocacy. Thank you, Dr. Lewis, for your endorsement of the IJPC-SE!
[January 18, 2018]
Dr. David L. Lewis, author of Science for Sale (2014), became the ninth key figure to endorse the IJPC-SE. After a career as an EPA research microbiologist, he moved into science advocacy. Thank you, Dr. Lewis, for your endorsement of the IJPC-SE!
[January 12, 2018] ​The Canadian Society for Epidemiology and Biostatistics is proud to host a webinar entitled ‘An Introduction to Network Meta-analysis for Decision-making’, which will be given by Dr. Andrea Tricco on February 16, 2018 between 1:00-2:30PM Eastern Standard Time. Further information is available here
[January 12, 2018]
​The Canadian Society for Epidemiology and Biostatistics is proud to host a webinar entitled ‘An Introduction to Network Meta-analysis for Decision-making’, which will be given by Dr. Andrea Tricco on February 16, 2018 between 1:00-2:30PM Eastern Standard Time. Further information is available here
[January 12, 2018] Further to the launch of the ISEE Call for Action on Lead, partners of OK International in Cameroon arranged for a French translation of only the first page with the specific action items; it is accessible here
[January 12, 2018]
Further to the launch of the ISEE Call for Action on Lead, partners of OK International in Cameroon arranged for a French translation of only the first page with the specific action items; it is accessible here
[January 8, 2018] For those who missed yesterday's Blog Talk Radio interview with Dr. David ​L. Lewis on his 2014 book Science for Sale: How the U.S. Government Uses Powerful Corporations and Leading Universities to Support Government Policies, Silence Top Scientists, Jeopardize Our Health and Protect Corporate Profits, the hour-long recording is accessible here
[January 8, 2018]
For those who missed yesterday's Blog Talk Radio interview with Dr. David ​L. Lewis on his 2014 book Science for Sale: How the U.S. Government Uses Powerful Corporations and Leading Universities to Support Government Policies, Silence Top Scientists, Jeopardize Our Health and Protect Corporate Profits, the hour-long recording is accessible here
[January 8, 201​8] The European Society for Environmental and Occupational Medicine (EOM) was admitted as a Category 3b member of the IJPC-SE. This brings the current total number of member societies/associations to 23. Welcome EOM!
[January 8, 201​8]
The European Society for Environmental and Occupational Medicine (EOM) was admitted as a Category 3b member of the IJPC-SE. This brings the current total number of member societies/associations to 23. Welcome EOM!
[January 4, 2018] Sunday, January 7th at noon (EDT) on Blog Talk Radio, David Lewis will discuss his book Science for Sale: How the U.S. Government Uses Powerful Corporations and Leading Universities to Support Government Policies, Silence Top Scientists, Jeopardize Our Health and Protect Corporate Profits.

CALL-IN at +1 347 850-1407 or LISTEN at http://tobtr.com/10500055

[January 4, 2018]
Sunday, January 7th at noon (EDT) on Blog Talk Radio, David Lewis will discuss his book Science for Sale: How the U.S. Government Uses Powerful Corporations and Leading Universities to Support Government Policies, Silence Top Scientists, Jeopardize Our Health and Protect Corporate Profits.

CALL-IN at +1 347 850-1407 or LISTEN at http://tobtr.com/10500055
[December 28, 2017] MOVIES Addressing Aspects of the IJPC-SE MISSION:

(1) A 2015 movie, Concussion, reflects on the moral, professional and scientific integrity of a medical scientist, with epidemiological training. Based on a true story, it shows the application and consequences of the suppression of truth through the classic application of "DENY, DELAY, DIVIDE AND DISCREDIT" by those with moneyed self-interest in maintaining the status quo. Based on a true story, the movie is a 2015 American biographical sports docudrama directed and written by Peter Landesman, based on the exposé "Game Brain" by Jeanne Marie Laskas, published in 2009 by GQ magazine.

(2) Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming is a 2010 non-fiction book by American historians of science, Naomi Oreskes and Erik M. Conway. Merchants of Doubt is a 2014 American documentary film directed by Robert Kenner and inspired by the 2010 book of the same name by Oreskes and Conway. The U.S. scientific community has long led the world in research on public health, environmental science, and other issues affecting the quality of life. US scientists have produced landmark studies on the dangers of DDT, tobacco smoke, acid rain, and global warming. But, at the same time, a small yet potent subset of this community leads the world in vehement denial of these dangers. Oreskes and Conway explain how a loose–knit group of high-level scientists, with extensive political connections, ran effective campaigns to mislead the public and deny well-established scientific knowledge over four decades. In seven compelling chapters addressing tobacco, acid rain, the ozone hole, global warming, and DDT, Oreskes and Conway expose this dark corner of the American scientific community and show how they skewed public understanding of some of the most pressing issues of our era.

(3) Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey is a 2014 American science documentary television series​​ with Neil deGrasse Tyson​. The series is a follow-up on the 1980 television series Cosmos: A Personal Voyage, which was presented by Carl Sagan on the Public Broadcasting Service and is considered a milestone for scientific documentaries.

Episode #3 in the series When Knowledge Conquered Fear describes the work of Isaac Newton, his fight against the objections and claims of plagiarism from Robert Hooke of the Royal Society of London, and the role of Edmond Halley who convinced Newton to publish his work.

Episode #7 in the series The Clean Room addresses Clair Patterson’s discovery that lead is poisonous. Tyson explains that Patterson's work in performing lead-free experiments directed him to investigate the sources of lead. Tyson notes how lead does not naturally occur at Earth's surface but has been readily mined by humans (including the Roman Empire). Patterson would discover that the higher levels of lead were from the use of tetraethyl lead in leaded gasoline, despite long-established claims by Robert A. Kehoe and others that this element was safe. Patterson would continue to campaign against the use of lead, ultimately resulting in government-mandated restrictions on the use of lead.

[December 28, 2017]
MOVIES Addressing Aspects of the IJPC-SE MISSION:

(1) A 2015 movie, Concussion, reflects on the moral, professional and scientific integrity of a medical scientist, with epidemiological training. Based on a true story, it shows the application and consequences of the suppression of truth through the classic application of "DENY, DELAY, DIVIDE AND DISCREDIT" by those with moneyed self-interest in maintaining the status quo. Based on a true story, the movie is a 2015 American biographical sports docudrama directed and written by Peter Landesman, based on the exposé "Game Brain" by Jeanne Marie Laskas, published in 2009 by GQ magazine.

(2) Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming is a 2010 non-fiction book by American historians of science, Naomi Oreskes and Erik M. Conway. Merchants of Doubt is a 2014 American documentary film directed by Robert Kenner and inspired by the 2010 book of the same name by Oreskes and Conway. The U.S. scientific community has long led the world in research on public health, environmental science, and other issues affecting the quality of life. US scientists have produced landmark studies on the dangers of DDT, tobacco smoke, acid rain, and global warming. But, at the same time, a small yet potent subset of this community leads the world in vehement denial of these dangers. Oreskes and Conway explain how a loose–knit group of high-level scientists, with extensive political connections, ran effective campaigns to mislead the public and deny well-established scientific knowledge over four decades. In seven compelling chapters addressing tobacco, acid rain, the ozone hole, global warming, and DDT, Oreskes and Conway expose this dark corner of the American scientific community and show how they skewed public understanding of some of the most pressing issues of our era.

(3) Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey is a 2014 American science documentary television series​​ with Neil deGrasse Tyson​. The series is a follow-up on the 1980 television series Cosmos: A Personal Voyage, which was presented by Carl Sagan on the Public Broadcasting Service and is considered a milestone for scientific documentaries.

Episode #3 in the series When Knowledge Conquered Fear describes the work of Isaac Newton, his fight against the objections and claims of plagiarism from Robert Hooke of the Royal Society of London, and the role of Edmond Halley who convinced Newton to publish his work.

Episode #7 in the series The Clean Room addresses Clair Patterson’s discovery that lead is poisonous. Tyson explains that Patterson's work in performing lead-free experiments directed him to investigate the sources of lead. Tyson notes how lead does not naturally occur at Earth's surface but has been readily mined by humans (including the Roman Empire). Patterson would discover that the higher levels of lead were from the use of tetraethyl lead in leaded gasoline, despite long-established claims by Robert A. Kehoe and others that this element was safe. Patterson would continue to campaign against the use of lead, ultimately resulting in government-mandated restrictions on the use of lead.
[December 28, 2017] With the IJPC-SE working on completing and planning the release of its jointly produced Policy Brief on Climate Change, it behooves humanity to consider the criminal dimension of climate change in a just-released book by P. Carter, E. Woodworth and J. Hansen. The book is reviewed here.
[December 28, 2017]
With the IJPC-SE working on completing and planning the release of its jointly produced Policy Brief on Climate Change, it behooves humanity to consider the criminal dimension of climate change in a just-released book by P. Carter, E. Woodworth and J. Hansen. The book is reviewed here.
[December ​27, 2017] PLOS BIOLOGY published a collection on December 18 2017, with an Editorial entitled Regulating toxic chemicals for public and​ environmental health​. ​It is part of the Challenges in Environmental Health: Closing the Gap between Evidence and Regulations Collection.

​US President Gerald Ford, in 1976, signed the Toxic Substances Control Act into law. He described the law as giving the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) broad regulatory authority to require toxicity testing and reporting to determine whether the chemicals posed risks. The collection reviews what has happened since then. It reveals barriers to developing health-protective policies not only when the scientific evidence of harm is clear, but also when it is uncertain. Existing US regulations have not kept pace with scientific advances showing that widely used chemicals cause serious health problems at levels previously assumed to be safe.

[December ​27, 2017]
PLOS BIOLOGY published a collection on December 18 2017, with an Editorial entitled Regulating toxic chemicals for public and​ environmental health​. ​It is part of the Challenges in Environmental Health: Closing the Gap between Evidence and Regulations Collection.

​US President Gerald Ford, in 1976, signed the Toxic Substances Control Act into law. He described the law as giving the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) broad regulatory authority to require toxicity testing and reporting to determine whether the chemicals posed risks. The collection reviews what has happened since then. It reveals barriers to developing health-protective policies not only when the scientific evidence of harm is clear, but also when it is uncertain. Existing US regulations have not kept pace with scientific advances showing that widely used chemicals cause serious health problems at levels previously assumed to be safe.
[December 25, 2017] ​The IJPC-SE is thrilled to report that its Phase I goal has been achieved, accruing 500 founding donors in solidarity with our mission. Phase II requires that, in early 2018, we increase this number by as many new donors as possible while preparing applications for substantial amounts from philanthropic foundations. Our ultimate financial goal is to establish an endowment to support us as an enduring, independent counterweight to ideological and moneyed influence in policies impacting health.

Please encourage people to donate, thus demonstrating solidarity with our mission. The larger our donor pool, the more competitive and credible will be our applications to philanthropic foundations.

[December 25, 2017]
​The IJPC-SE is thrilled to report that its Phase I goal has been achieved, accruing 500 founding donors in solidarity with our mission. Phase II requires that, in early 2018, we increase this number by as many new donors as possible while preparing applications for substantial amounts from philanthropic foundations. Our ultimate financial goal is to establish an endowment to support us as an enduring, independent counterweight to ideological and moneyed influence in policies impacting health.

Please encourage people to donate, thus demonstrating solidarity with our mission. The larger our donor pool, the more competitive and credible will be our applications to philanthropic foundations.
[December 22, 2017] A broad-based appeal to Make a gift to Health! was sent to several thousand contacts. This is hoped to help meet the goal of 500 founding donors by year-end.
[December 22, 2017]
A broad-based appeal to Make a gift to Health! was sent to several thousand contacts. This is hoped to help meet the goal of 500 founding donors by year-end.
[December 19, 2017] Just released Fostering Integrity in Research is a 326-page Consensus Study Report of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Contributors to this report are: National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine; Policy and Global Affairs; Committee on Science, Engineering, Medicine, and Public Policy; Committee on Responsible Science.

​The integrity of knowledge that emerges from research is based on individual and collective adherence to core values of objectivity, honesty, openness, fairness, accountability, and stewardship. Integrity in science means that the organizations in which research is conducted encourage those involved to exemplify these values in every step of the research process. Understanding the dynamics that support – or distort – practices that uphold the integrity of research by all participants ensures that the research enterprise advances knowledge.

​Published by The National Academies Press, Washington, DC, the Report can be downloaded for free as a PDF here.

[December 19, 2017]
Just released Fostering Integrity in Research is a 326-page Consensus Study Report of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Contributors to this report are: National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine; Policy and Global Affairs; Committee on Science, Engineering, Medicine, and Public Policy; Committee on Responsible Science.

​The integrity of knowledge that emerges from research is based on individual and collective adherence to core values of objectivity, honesty, openness, fairness, accountability, and stewardship. Integrity in science means that the organizations in which research is conducted encourage those involved to exemplify these values in every step of the research process. Understanding the dynamics that support – or distort – practices that uphold the integrity of research by all participants ensures that the research enterprise advances knowledge.

​Published by The National Academies Press, Washington, DC, the Report can be downloaded for free as a PDF here.
[December 18, 2017] ​ Reported in the Washington Post​ on December 15, 2017,​ ​the Trump Administration in the USA banned the US Center​s​ for Disease Control ​and Prevention ​(CDC) from using the term "evidence-based." ​A list of seven words are reported as being forbidden: "vulnerable," "entitlement," "diversity," "transgender," "fetus," "evidence-based" and "science-based." Instead of "science-based" or ­"evidence-based," the suggested phrase is "CDC bases its recommendations on science in consideration with community standards and wishes​.​"

​Since "vulnerable," "diversity," "evidence-based" and "science-based" are all integral to the International Joint Policy Committee of the Societies of Epidemiology (IJPC-SE), ​this ban underscores the need for the IJPC-SE to continue its efforts and promote the use of high-quality research evidence to inform policies​ impacting health.

[December 18, 2017]
​ Reported in the Washington Post​ on December 15, 2017,​ ​the Trump Administration in the USA banned the US Center​s​ for Disease Control ​and Prevention ​(CDC) from using the term "evidence-based." ​A list of seven words are reported as being forbidden: "vulnerable," "entitlement," "diversity," "transgender," "fetus," "evidence-based" and "science-based." Instead of "science-based" or ­"evidence-based," the suggested phrase is "CDC bases its recommendations on science in consideration with community standards and wishes​.​"

​Since "vulnerable," "diversity," "evidence-based" and "science-based" are all integral to the International Joint Policy Committee of the Societies of Epidemiology (IJPC-SE), ​this ban underscores the need for the IJPC-SE to continue its efforts and promote the use of high-quality research evidence to inform policies​ impacting health.
[December 17, 2017] Last week, the New York Times reported on the withdrawal of the nomination of Michael Dourson to head the Environmental Protection Agency’s chemical safety office.

A trove of revealing emails has been made publicly accessible here. The emails shine a rare spotlight on a network, of which Dourson and the American Chemistry Council are a part, that operates largely out of public view. It involves a coordinated effort between the chemical industry and its private and academic consultants to generate science that invariably supports the safety of the industry’s chemicals, and pushes back against any regulatory and academic science that indicates otherwise.

[December 17, 2017]
Last week, the New York Times reported on the withdrawal of the nomination of Michael Dourson to head the Environmental Protection Agency’s chemical safety office.

A trove of revealing emails has been made publicly accessible here. The emails shine a rare spotlight on a network, of which Dourson and the American Chemistry Council are a part, that operates largely out of public view. It involves a coordinated effort between the chemical industry and its private and academic consultants to generate science that invariably supports the safety of the industry’s chemicals, and pushes back against any regulatory and academic science that indicates otherwise.
[December 16, 2017] In two December 12 2017 reports, the Center for Public Integrity reveals how, after casting doubt on climate change for decades, industry consultants have turned their attention to air pollution in Fueling dissent: How the oil industry set out to undercut clean air. The second report, entitled United States of Petroleum: Government’s secret alliance with Big Oil, discusses Big Oil’s influence on government policy.
[December 16, 2017]
In two December 12 2017 reports, the Center for Public Integrity reveals how, after casting doubt on climate change for decades, industry consultants have turned their attention to air pollution in Fueling dissent: How the oil industry set out to undercut clean air. The second report, entitled United States of Petroleum: Government’s secret alliance with Big Oil, discusses Big Oil’s influence on government policy.
[December 15, 2017] Investigative journalism by the TORONTO STAR newspaper reveals how Canadian government incentives and disincentives operate as upstream determinants of disease.

A November 30, 2017 report titled Dirty Dollars reveals that dozens of companies across Canada have violated environmental rules and received more than $2.6 billion in public money since 2010.

The penalties they faced were not just offset, but dwarfed by government largess. Critics say that, in effect, taxpayers paid the firms’ fines.​

[December 15, 2017]
Investigative journalism by the TORONTO STAR newspaper reveals how Canadian government incentives and disincentives operate as upstream determinants of disease.

A November 30, 2017 report titled Dirty Dollars reveals that dozens of companies across Canada have violated environmental rules and received more than $2.6 billion in public money since 2010.

The penalties they faced were not just offset, but dwarfed by government largess. Critics say that, in effect, taxpayers paid the firms’ fines.​
[December 11, 2017] The University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Industry Documents Library is a unique world-recognized, searchable, digital archive which has been the source for scientists, journalists, historians, policy-makers, and other investigators to clearly demonstrate how industry has actively undermined science and public health.

The UCSF Industry Documents Library has recently expanded to include a new Benzene Collection, comprised of over 4,000 documents produced in a civil lawsuit against Shell Oil Company in 2008 about benzene exposure in the workplace.

The Benzene Collection contains documents from the 1970s-1990s, including benzene exposure studies; workplace exposure data sheets for employees; internal reports and studies, including the Deer Park Mortality Study, which looked at mortality patterns among refinery and chemical plant workers; journal articles authored by Shell Oil, Shell Corporate Medical Department, and others; industry and trade organization-sponsored reports, studies, and research programs; and meeting minutes, memos, and correspondence. The Collection will be of interest and use to community advocates, journalists, policymakers, attorneys, scientists and others in their research to improve public health.

To learn more about this resource, contact Annemarie Charlesworth, Director of the UCSF Environmental Health Initiative at annemarie.charlesworth@ucsf.edu or by 'phone at +1 415-516-5142​

[December 11, 2017]
The University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Industry Documents Library is a unique world-recognized, searchable, digital archive which has been the source for scientists, journalists, historians, policy-makers, and other investigators to clearly demonstrate how industry has actively undermined science and public health.

The UCSF Industry Documents Library has recently expanded to include a new Benzene Collection, comprised of over 4,000 documents produced in a civil lawsuit against Shell Oil Company in 2008 about benzene exposure in the workplace.

The Benzene Collection contains documents from the 1970s-1990s, including benzene exposure studies; workplace exposure data sheets for employees; internal reports and studies, including the Deer Park Mortality Study, which looked at mortality patterns among refinery and chemical plant workers; journal articles authored by Shell Oil, Shell Corporate Medical Department, and others; industry and trade organization-sponsored reports, studies, and research programs; and meeting minutes, memos, and correspondence. The Collection will be of interest and use to community advocates, journalists, policymakers, attorneys, scientists and others in their research to improve public health.

To learn more about this resource, contact Annemarie Charlesworth, Director of the UCSF Environmental Health Initiative at annemarie.charlesworth@ucsf.edu or by 'phone at +1 415-516-5142​
[December 8, 2017] ​Kathleen Ruff​ reports in ​www.​RightOnCanada.ca that​ the international asbestos lobby organization has been steadily shrinking in light of government bans on asbestos​.

To quote: The Asbestos International Association (AIA) was formed in the UK in 1976 by asbestos corporations operating in more than thirty countries. For 40 years it has spent millions of dollars to suppress and distort scientific evidence and to exert political pressure in order to continue profiting from its deadly trade​ ..​.

[December 8, 2017]
​Kathleen Ruff​ reports in ​www.​RightOnCanada.ca that​ the international asbestos lobby organization has been steadily shrinking in light of government bans on asbestos​.

To quote: The Asbestos International Association (AIA) was formed in the UK in 1976 by asbestos corporations operating in more than thirty countries. For 40 years it has spent millions of dollars to suppress and distort scientific evidence and to exert political pressure in order to continue profiting from its deadly trade​ ..​.
[December 7, 2017] Glyphosate - The Sick Children of Argentina is a brilliantly documented 28-minute example of community epidemiology.

The EU has approved the controversial weed killer Glyphosate for another five years. The widely used substance has been described as carcinogenic for humans and harmful for animals. In Argentina, serious health issues in children are on the rise.​

But conclusive studies have not yet been carried out​ ..​.

[December 7, 2017]
Glyphosate - The Sick Children of Argentina is a brilliantly documented 28-minute example of community epidemiology.

The EU has approved the controversial weed killer Glyphosate for another five years. The widely used substance has been described as carcinogenic for humans and harmful for animals. In Argentina, serious health issues in children are on the rise.​

But conclusive studies have not yet been carried out​ ..​.
[December 6, 2017] Dr. Bennet Omalu provides an important example of professional integrity. In this case, government law enforcement agencies are allegedly violating the law, suppressing and corrupting scientific evidence, and preventing a health professional from acting with integrity and following the ethical rules of professional conduct.

These types of situations reinforce the need to protect scientific evidence, ethical standards and professional responsibility. Should there be a full, independent investigation and report by a highly reputable, trustworthy, independent expert on this case?

[December 6, 2017]
Dr. Bennet Omalu provides an important example of professional integrity. In this case, government law enforcement agencies are allegedly violating the law, suppressing and corrupting scientific evidence, and preventing a health professional from acting with integrity and following the ethical rules of professional conduct.

These types of situations reinforce the need to protect scientific evidence, ethical standards and professional responsibility. Should there be a full, independent investigation and report by a highly reputable, trustworthy, independent expert on this case?
[December 5, 2017] See how corporations stifle independent science and journalism in an educational 10.5 minute-long YouTube exposé about Monsanto Cancer Milk - FOX NEWS KILLS STORY - FIRES Reporters. Letters mentioned in this video are accessible here.
[December 5, 2017]
See how corporations stifle independent science and journalism in an educational 10.5 minute-long YouTube exposé about Monsanto Cancer Milk - FOX NEWS KILLS STORY - FIRES Reporters. Letters mentioned in this video are accessible here.
[December 4, 2017] ​Military Revealed as Top Funder of Gene Drives; Gates Foundation paid $1.6 million to influence UN on gene drives. A question of improper undermining of science and public health policy by hidden conflicting interests?
[December 4, 2017]
​Military Revealed as Top Funder of Gene Drives; Gates Foundation paid $1.6 million to influence UN on gene drives. A question of improper undermining of science and public health policy by hidden conflicting interests?
[December 3, 2017] Released today is the IJPC-SE's REMINDER: 1st REPORT AND APPEAL TO OUR FOUNDING DONORS. Please read it!
[December 3, 2017]
Released today is the IJPC-SE's REMINDER: 1st REPORT AND APPEAL TO OUR FOUNDING DONORS. Please read it!
[November 29, 2017] Focusing on traditionally under-studied and marginalized communities, the IJPC-SE brings to attention that the United States of America, the world’s richest country, has a hookworm problem. The first study of its kind in modern times shows that hookworm, a parasitic disease found in areas of extreme poverty, is rampant in the United States. See The Guardian, September 5, 2017
[November 29, 2017]
Focusing on traditionally under-studied and marginalized communities, the IJPC-SE brings to attention that the United States of America, the world’s richest country, has a hookworm problem. The first study of its kind in modern times shows that hookworm, a parasitic disease found in areas of extreme poverty, is rampant in the United States. See The Guardian, September 5, 2017
[November 24, 2017] Michael Sheen, an award-winning Welsh stage and screen actor, has become the eighth key figure to endorse the IJPC-SE. When not acting, Mr. Sheen serves the public good as an advocate for community well-being.

Most recently, Mr. Sheen delivered the 2017 Annual Raymond Williams Memorial Lecture in Merthyr Tydfil, Wales. At the ~1 hour 28 minute point, he speaks to Burying The Truth, the original Ecologist investigation into Monsanto and Brofiscin Quarry. All epidemiologists ought to watch Mr. Sheen’s lecture, as well as review the report in the Ecologist. Mr. Sheen reminds the audience of the use of industry hired guns and the consequences of the 40-year suppression of evidence for community health and well-being.

Thank you, Michael Sheen, for your support of the IJPC-SE!

[November 24, 2017]
Michael Sheen, an award-winning Welsh stage and screen actor, has become the eighth key figure to endorse the IJPC-SE. When not acting, Mr. Sheen serves the public good as an advocate for community well-being.

Most recently, Mr. Sheen delivered the 2017 Annual Raymond Williams Memorial Lecture in Merthyr Tydfil, Wales. At the ~1 hour 28 minute point, he speaks to Burying The Truth, the original Ecologist investigation into Monsanto and Brofiscin Quarry. All epidemiologists ought to watch Mr. Sheen’s lecture, as well as review the report in the Ecologist. Mr. Sheen reminds the audience of the use of industry hired guns and the consequences of the 40-year suppression of evidence for community health and well-being.

Thank you, Michael Sheen, for your support of the IJPC-SE!
[November 22, 2017] On November 15, Professor David Michaels, epidemiologist and author of Doubt is their Product (2008), became the seventh key figure to endorse the IJPC-SE.

He returned in 2017 to his former position with George Washington University School of Public Health after a more than seven-year leave of absence to assume the role of Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health (2009-2017) in the Obama Administration.

Thank you, Professor Michaels, for your support of the IJPC-SE!

[November 22, 2017]
On November 15, Professor David Michaels, epidemiologist and author of Doubt is their Product (2008), became the seventh key figure to endorse the IJPC-SE.

He returned in 2017 to his former position with George Washington University School of Public Health after a more than seven-year leave of absence to assume the role of Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health (2009-2017) in the Obama Administration.

Thank you, Professor Michaels, for your support of the IJPC-SE!
[November 21, 2017] Led by William J. Ripple, Distinguished Professor of Ecology, Oregon State University, USA “Scientists’ Warning to Humanity: A Second Notice” was published November 13 in BioScience, which is open access and free to everyone. Any scientist that did not sign the article before the BioScience publication deadline is invited to endorse it now by visiting scientists.forestry.oregonstate.edu. The voice of world scientists is essential in driving forward progress on dealing with climate change and other critical environmental trends. According to Ripple "Working together, we can make great progress in preserving the biosphere for the sake of humanity."
[November 21, 2017]
Led by William J. Ripple, Distinguished Professor of Ecology, Oregon State University, USA “Scientists’ Warning to Humanity: A Second Notice” was published November 13 in BioScience, which is open access and free to everyone. Any scientist that did not sign the article before the BioScience publication deadline is invited to endorse it now by visiting scientists.forestry.oregonstate.edu. The voice of world scientists is essential in driving forward progress on dealing with climate change and other critical environmental trends. According to Ripple "Working together, we can make great progress in preserving the biosphere for the sake of humanity."
[November 21, 2017] Sudden Shift at a Public Health Journal Leaves Scientists Feeling Censored was published on November 20, 2017. Claiming overreach by a new publisher, the journal’s editorial board asks for disciplinary action from the National Library of Medicine. This event has implications for publication bias in epidemiology, particularly at the interface of research and policy.
[November 21, 2017]
Sudden Shift at a Public Health Journal Leaves Scientists Feeling Censored was published on November 20, 2017. Claiming overreach by a new publisher, the journal’s editorial board asks for disciplinary action from the National Library of Medicine. This event has implications for publication bias in epidemiology, particularly at the interface of research and policy.
[November 20, 2017] A November 8 report in The Guardian, called Planet Earth in serious trouble as Big Polluters capture global climate treaty talks, underscores the need for the IJPC-SE to act as a counterweight against industrial influences on policies impacting global health. It follows a report from November 1, Fossil fuel companies undermining Paris agreement negotiations, which states that outcomes of climate negotiations have been skewed to favor the biggest corporate polluters.
[November 20, 2017]
A November 8 report in The Guardian, called Planet Earth in serious trouble as Big Polluters capture global climate treaty talks, underscores the need for the IJPC-SE to act as a counterweight against industrial influences on policies impacting global health. It follows a report from November 1, Fossil fuel companies undermining Paris agreement negotiations, which states that outcomes of climate negotiations have been skewed to favor the biggest corporate polluters.
[November 16, 2017] Released today is the IJPC-SE's 1st REPORT AND APPEAL TO OUR FOUNDING DONORS. Please read it!
[November 16, 2017]
Released today is the IJPC-SE's 1st REPORT AND APPEAL TO OUR FOUNDING DONORS. Please read it!
[November 11, 2017] OUR PLANET, OUR HEALTH, OUR RESPONSIBILITY” has been launched by The Pontifical Academy of Sciences. This declaration is based on the data and concepts presented at the workshop: “Health of People, Health of Planet and Our Responsibility: Climate Change, Air Pollution and Health” organized by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, Vatican City, 2-4 November 2017. IJPC-SE Chair, Wael Al-Delaimy, presented an invited paper at the workshop entitled: “Climate, Refugees, and Health in the Middle East”.
[November 11, 2017]
OUR PLANET, OUR HEALTH, OUR RESPONSIBILITY” has been launched by The Pontifical Academy of Sciences. This declaration is based on the data and concepts presented at the workshop: “Health of People, Health of Planet and Our Responsibility: Climate Change, Air Pollution and Health” organized by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, Vatican City, 2-4 November 2017. IJPC-SE Chair, Wael Al-Delaimy, presented an invited paper at the workshop entitled: “Climate, Refugees, and Health in the Middle East”.
[November 8, 2017] A ZEMBLA Dutch TV documentary has shown how KLM is handling a condition known as "Aerotoxic Syndrome", which affects susceptible pilots and flight attendants. The problem is being linked to cabin air quality. In this 39-minute informative video, “Toxic Air in the Cabin”, the questionable response of the airline industry is brought to the fore. The International Joint Policy Committee of the Societies of Epidemiology (IJPC-SE) was represented at the Aircraft Cabin Air Conference in London, England (September 19-20, 2017). The IJPC-SE endorsed this conference.
[November 8, 2017]
A ZEMBLA Dutch TV documentary has shown how KLM is handling a condition known as "Aerotoxic Syndrome", which affects susceptible pilots and flight attendants. The problem is being linked to cabin air quality. In this 39-minute informative video, “Toxic Air in the Cabin”, the questionable response of the airline industry is brought to the fore. The International Joint Policy Committee of the Societies of Epidemiology (IJPC-SE) was represented at the Aircraft Cabin Air Conference in London, England (September 19-20, 2017). The IJPC-SE endorsed this conference.
[November 5, 2017] A major Joint Policy Committee deliverable Challenges to the census: international trends and a need to consider public health benefits was published in Public Health, October, 2017; 151:87-97. This is the journal of the Royal Society for Public Health. The article flows from a special symposium under the leadership of Robin Taylor Wilson and Shirley Cramer. It took place at the 2014 American Public Health Association annual meeting in New Orleans, LA, USA, entitled International Threats to the Mission of Public Health as Governments Dismantle/Erode the Census.

The article was selected as the Editors' Choice article; it thus is available free [on open access] for three months, here. The PDF can be downloaded there. Or, it is also on PubMed.

The full citation is:
Wilson RT, Hasanali SH, Sheikh M, Cramer S, Weinberg G, Firth A, Weiss SH, Soskolne CL. Challenges to the census: international trends and a need to consider public health benefits. Public Health. 2017 Oct; 151:87-97. PMID: 28759883. doi: 10.1016/j.puhe.2017.05.015. Epub 2017 Jul 29.

Any feedback on this article should be directed for publication consideration to the journal, Public Health. They would like to consider publishing submissions as Letters-to-the-Editors, or possibly as a Commentary, if substantial enough. Its presentation background and publication archive are accessible on this website.

[November 5, 2017]
A major Joint Policy Committee deliverable Challenges to the census: international trends and a need to consider public health benefits was published in Public Health, October, 2017; 151:87-97. This is the journal of the Royal Society for Public Health. The article flows from a special symposium under the leadership of Robin Taylor Wilson and Shirley Cramer. It took place at the 2014 American Public Health Association annual meeting in New Orleans, LA, USA, entitled International Threats to the Mission of Public Health as Governments Dismantle/Erode the Census.

The article was selected as the Editors' Choice article; it thus is available free [on open access] for three months, here. The PDF can be downloaded there. Or, it is also on PubMed.

The full citation is:
Wilson RT, Hasanali SH, Sheikh M, Cramer S, Weinberg G, Firth A, Weiss SH, Soskolne CL. Challenges to the census: international trends and a need to consider public health benefits. Public Health. 2017 Oct; 151:87-97. PMID: 28759883. doi: 10.1016/j.puhe.2017.05.015. Epub 2017 Jul 29.

Any feedback on this article should be directed for publication consideration to the journal, Public Health. They would like to consider publishing submissions as Letters-to-the-Editors, or possibly as a Commentary, if substantial enough. Its presentation background and publication archive are accessible on this website.
[November 3, 2017] Regarding the topic of Climate Change, Can you say, ‘conflict of interest’? Not at the UN. In his report, Murray Dobbin makes reference to Kathleen Ruff, IJPC-SE’s Expert Adviser to Chair and Executive Committee. Because the IJPC-SE is developing a Policy Brief on Climate Change, as well as a Position Statement on Conflict-of-Interest & Disclosure, this latest report provides pause for our collective attention.
[November 3, 2017]
Regarding the topic of Climate Change, Can you say, ‘conflict of interest’? Not at the UN. In his report, Murray Dobbin makes reference to Kathleen Ruff, IJPC-SE’s Expert Adviser to Chair and Executive Committee. Because the IJPC-SE is developing a Policy Brief on Climate Change, as well as a Position Statement on Conflict-of-Interest & Disclosure, this latest report provides pause for our collective attention.
[October 24, 2017] The Center for Science and Democracy at the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) is launching a new website called the "Disinformation Playbook". The playbook features several tactics used by a broad range of industries, from the National Football League to oil and gas companies, to sideline science in policy-making.

In addition to the website, a video featuring a Public Service Announcement (PSA) from former NFL star, Chris Borland, was released. He played for the San Francisco 49ers before hanging up the cleats once he learned about the dangers of Chronic Traumatic Encephelopathy (CTE).

The goal of this project is to educate the public about the ways in which special interests deceive, misinform, and buy influence at the expense of public health and safety, and provide people tools to call out these tactics when they see them applied in their own communities.

Recommendations for action here.

[October 24, 2017]
The Center for Science and Democracy at the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) is launching a new website called the "Disinformation Playbook". The playbook features several tactics used by a broad range of industries, from the National Football League to oil and gas companies, to sideline science in policy-making.

In addition to the website, a video featuring a Public Service Announcement (PSA) from former NFL star, Chris Borland, was released. He played for the San Francisco 49ers before hanging up the cleats once he learned about the dangers of Chronic Traumatic Encephelopathy (CTE).

The goal of this project is to educate the public about the ways in which special interests deceive, misinform, and buy influence at the expense of public health and safety, and provide people tools to call out these tactics when they see them applied in their own communities.

Recommendations for action here.
[October 17, 2017] The IJPC-SE led a well-attended symposium about the importance of epidemiology in health policy at the recent International Society for Environmental Epidemiology (ISEE) annual conference in Sydney, Australia (September 24-28). The symposium "Why health policy matters and what is the role of epidemiologists?"​ was chaired by Dr. Wael Al-Delaimy, IJPC-SE Chair (left), and Co-chaired by Dr. Anne Cust, Australasian Epidemiological Association representative to the IJPC-SE (right). Additional panelists included ​Dr. Alistair Woodward (second from left) and ​Dr. Yasushi Honda (second from right).
[October 17, 2017]
The IJPC-SE led a well-attended symposium about the importance of epidemiology in health policy at the recent International Society for Environmental Epidemiology (ISEE) annual conference in Sydney, Australia (September 24-28). The symposium "Why health policy matters and what is the role of epidemiologists?"​ was chaired by Dr. Wael Al-Delaimy, IJPC-SE Chair (left), and Co-chaired by Dr. Anne Cust, Australasian Epidemiological Association representative to the IJPC-SE (right). Additional panelists included ​Dr. Alistair Woodward (second from left) and ​Dr. Yasushi Honda (second from right).
[October 15, 2017] Enhancements have been implemented on the IJPC-SE website's donor portal. These include adding PayPal to the major credit card options as an additional gateway, making it easier for people to donate; a new button DONATIONS TO DATE brings us into compliance with the reporting transparency requirements under the IJPC-SE's Gift Acceptance Policy; on-line progress can been seen toward our goal of reaching 500 donors; donors now have the option of making a donation in the name of another; and, the site has been made even more user-friendly.

Test the new site and help by donating at least US $10 (tax deductible in the USA); also, please try to bring in new donors to help financially secure the Joint Policy Committee. We currently have almost 290 donors and thus need 210 more to reach the goal of 500 before approaching philanthropic foundations to establish our sought-after endowment. Please help the Development Committee to find 210 new donors before year-end!

[October 15, 2017]
Enhancements have been implemented on the IJPC-SE website's donor portal. These include adding PayPal to the major credit card options as an additional gateway, making it easier for people to donate; a new button DONATIONS TO DATE brings us into compliance with the reporting transparency requirements under the IJPC-SE's Gift Acceptance Policy; on-line progress can been seen toward our goal of reaching 500 donors; donors now have the option of making a donation in the name of another; and, the site has been made even more user-friendly.

Test the new site and help by donating at least US $10 (tax deductible in the USA); also, please try to bring in new donors to help financially secure the Joint Policy Committee. We currently have almost 290 donors and thus need 210 more to reach the goal of 500 before approaching philanthropic foundations to establish our sought-after endowment. Please help the Development Committee to find 210 new donors before year-end!
[September 25, 2017]  A Luncheon Roundtable session entitled Highlighting the IJPC-SE Goals, Objectives and Accomplishments, was given by Dr. Melinda C. Aldrich at the 2017 Annual Conference of the American College of Epidemiology, September 24-27, New Orleans, LA, USA. Her picture delivering the lecture is accessible here.
[September 25, 2017]
 A Luncheon Roundtable session entitled Highlighting the IJPC-SE Goals, Objectives and Accomplishments, was given by Dr. Melinda C. Aldrich at the 2017 Annual Conference of the American College of Epidemiology, September 24-27, New Orleans, LA, USA. Her picture delivering the lecture is accessible here.
[September 20, 2017]  An invited keynote plenary speech by Dr. Colin L. Soskolne​, entitled A win-win-win path for flight safety, health, and corporate profits​, was given at the 2017 Aircraft Cabin Air Quality Conference​.

The Conference was organized by the Global Cabin Air Quality Executive (GCAQE) and took place at Imperial College London, England, September 19-20, 2017. The event was endorsed by, among others, the IJPC-SE.

[September 20, 2017]
 An invited keynote plenary speech by Dr. Colin L. Soskolne​, entitled A win-win-win path for flight safety, health, and corporate profits​, was given at the 2017 Aircraft Cabin Air Quality Conference​.

The Conference was organized by the Global Cabin Air Quality Executive (GCAQE) and took place at Imperial College London, England, September 19-20, 2017. The event was endorsed by, among others, the IJPC-SE.
[August 13, 2017] The updated list of endorsers to the ISEE's Call for Action on Lead is provided through the willing offices of Kathleen Ruff, Expert Adviser to the Chair and the Executive Committee, the IJPC-SE. Click here for more information.
[August 13, 2017]
The updated list of endorsers to the ISEE's Call for Action on Lead is provided through the willing offices of Kathleen Ruff, Expert Adviser to the Chair and the Executive Committee, the IJPC-SE. Click here for more information.
[July 26, 2017] Learn about the troubling accusations of a reporter teaming up with industry to cast doubt on the work of the WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) here
[July 26, 2017]
Learn about the troubling accusations of a reporter teaming up with industry to cast doubt on the work of the WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) here
[July 21, 2017] Climate change—UN fails to address industry influence by Kathleen Ruff was published by the BMJ on July 21, 2017.

An "opinion piece", the article describes the role being played at the meetings of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) by lobby organisations representing the interests of fossil fuel and other industries.

It also addresses the refusal of the UN and countries from the global North to allow the adoption, or even any discussion, of a policy on conflict-of-interest. The integrity and mission of the UNFCCC are in grave peril.

[July 21, 2017]
Climate change—UN fails to address industry influence by Kathleen Ruff was published by the BMJ on July 21, 2017.

An "opinion piece", the article describes the role being played at the meetings of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) by lobby organisations representing the interests of fossil fuel and other industries.

It also addresses the refusal of the UN and countries from the global North to allow the adoption, or even any discussion, of a policy on conflict-of-interest. The integrity and mission of the UNFCCC are in grave peril.
[July 19, 2017] The Public Health Association of South Africa (PHASA) was admitted as a Category 3b member of the IJPC-SE. This brings the current total number of member societies/associations to 22 and adds a second member society from Africa. Welcome PHASA!
[July 19, 2017]
The Public Health Association of South Africa (PHASA) was admitted as a Category 3b member of the IJPC-SE. This brings the current total number of member societies/associations to 22 and adds a second member society from Africa. Welcome PHASA!
[July 16, 2017] Professor Laura Westra, a notable scholar, is the sixth key figure to endorse the mission of the IJPC-SE.

Her work is mainly focused on the scientific, ethical and legal dimensions of ecological and biological integrity.

Thank you, Professor Westra, for your support of the IJPC‑SE!

[July 16, 2017]
Professor Laura Westra, a notable scholar, is the sixth key figure to endorse the mission of the IJPC-SE.

Her work is mainly focused on the scientific, ethical and legal dimensions of ecological and biological integrity.

Thank you, Professor Westra, for your support of the IJPC‑SE!
[June 14, 2017] A book chapter by Colin Soskolne, Addressing the Problem of Conflict-of-Interest and Moneyed Influence in Public Health: Some Case Studies appears in Part V "Human Responsibility for Ethical Governance" of the book entitled "The Role of Integrity in the Governance of the Commons: Governance, Ecology, Law, Ethics" (Editors: Westra, L., Gray, J., and Gottwald, F-T.) by Springer International Publishing AG 2017; pp.205-213.
[June 14, 2017]
A book chapter by Colin Soskolne, Addressing the Problem of Conflict-of-Interest and Moneyed Influence in Public Health: Some Case Studies appears in Part V "Human Responsibility for Ethical Governance" of the book entitled "The Role of Integrity in the Governance of the Commons: Governance, Ecology, Law, Ethics" (Editors: Westra, L., Gray, J., and Gottwald, F-T.) by Springer International Publishing AG 2017; pp.205-213.
[May 30, 2017] The World’s biggest and most authoritative conference on contaminated aircraft cabin air is to take place in London, England, 19-20 September 2017. This conference is endorsed by the IJPC-SE. It will explore the flight safety, health implications and solutions available to the ongoing contaminated aircraft cabin air issue. News Release.
[May 30, 2017]
The World’s biggest and most authoritative conference on contaminated aircraft cabin air is to take place in London, England, 19-20 September 2017. This conference is endorsed by the IJPC-SE. It will explore the flight safety, health implications and solutions available to the ongoing contaminated aircraft cabin air issue. News Release.
[May 2, 2017] The updated list of endorsers to the ISEE's Call for Action on Lead is provided through the willing offices of Kathleen Ruff, Expert Adviser to the Chair and the Executive Committee, the IJPC-SE. Click here for more information.
[May 2, 2017]
The updated list of endorsers to the ISEE's Call for Action on Lead is provided through the willing offices of Kathleen Ruff, Expert Adviser to the Chair and the Executive Committee, the IJPC-SE. Click here for more information.
[April 27, 2017] The IJPC-SE is cited in today's issue of the British Medical Journal by Kathleen Ruff "Chrysotile asbestos—a call for action on this hazardous substance".

Ms. Ruff draws the attention of world leaders to the fact that the undermining of public health policy by the asbestos industry must be stopped.

She urges delegates to the Rotterdam Convention conference taking place in Geneva, Switzerland (April 24-May 5, 2017) that countries must ensure chrysotile asbestos is listed as a hazardous substance, and if asbestos-exporting countries refuse, then the Convention must be amended to allow a majority vote decision if it is to have meaning.

[April 27, 2017]
The IJPC-SE is cited in today's issue of the British Medical Journal by Kathleen Ruff "Chrysotile asbestos—a call for action on this hazardous substance".

Ms. Ruff draws the attention of world leaders to the fact that the undermining of public health policy by the asbestos industry must be stopped.

She urges delegates to the Rotterdam Convention conference taking place in Geneva, Switzerland (April 24-May 5, 2017) that countries must ensure chrysotile asbestos is listed as a hazardous substance, and if asbestos-exporting countries refuse, then the Convention must be amended to allow a majority vote decision if it is to have meaning.
[April 25, 2017] “All Hands on Deck: The Going to Zero Campaign” was endorsed by the IJPC-SE.

A meeting of stakeholders comprising concerned NGOs and others took place in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA. Dr. Robin Taylor Wilson delivered the IJPC-SE’s Statement of Support on behalf of the Executive Committee. The remarks recognized linkages between global warming and human health. Click here for more about the IJPC-SE on Climate Change.

[April 25, 2017]
“All Hands on Deck: The Going to Zero Campaign” was endorsed by the IJPC-SE.

A meeting of stakeholders comprising concerned NGOs and others took place in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA. Dr. Robin Taylor Wilson delivered the IJPC-SE’s Statement of Support on behalf of the Executive Committee. The remarks recognized linkages between global warming and human health. Click here for more about the IJPC-SE on Climate Change.
[April 22, 2017] The IJPC-SE is pleased to partner with the ‘March for Science’, which is part of a worldwide movement to protect the crucial role of science in people’s health, safety, economies, and governments. More information on the March for Science is available here.
[April 22, 2017]
The IJPC-SE is pleased to partner with the ‘March for Science’, which is part of a worldwide movement to protect the crucial role of science in people’s health, safety, economies, and governments. More information on the March for Science is available here.
[March 16, 2017] US Travel Ban and Its Effect on Public Health.
[February 18, 2017] Augmentation of the IJPC-SE 's Gift Acceptance Policy was approved on February 15, 2017 and is accessible in the Donor Portal under WHY DONATE TO IJPC-SE under the heading "DONOR UNDERSTANDING". This approval makes transparent the basis for accepting donations from any entity beyond those excluded under the overarching Gift Acceptance Policy. Essentially, the IJPC-SE accepts donations on the understanding that the donation is made:
  1. in good faith in support of the IJPC-SE’s Mission;
  2. consistent with the IJPC-SE’s Gift Acceptance Policy;
  3. and without the expectation of any quid pro quo.

[February 18, 2017]
Augmentation of the IJPC-SE 's Gift Acceptance Policy was approved on February 15, 2017 and is accessible in the Donor Portal under WHY DONATE TO IJPC-SE under the heading "DONOR UNDERSTANDING". This approval makes transparent the basis for accepting donations from any entity beyond those excluded under the overarching Gift Acceptance Policy. Essentially, the IJPC-SE accepts donations on the understanding that the donation is made:
  1. in good faith in support of the IJPC-SE’s Mission;
  2. consistent with the IJPC-SE’s Gift Acceptance Policy;
  3. and without the expectation of any quid pro quo.
[February 10, 2017] In a BMJ Editorial on the immorality of inaction on inequality, the populations of societies with bigger income differences tend to have poorer physical and mental health, more illicit drug use, and more obesity. More unequal societies are marked by more violence, weaker community life, and less trust. Click here for more information.
[February 10, 2017]
In a BMJ Editorial on the immorality of inaction on inequality, the populations of societies with bigger income differences tend to have poorer physical and mental health, more illicit drug use, and more obesity. More unequal societies are marked by more violence, weaker community life, and less trust. Click here for more information.
[January 27, 2017] The updated list of endorsers to the ISEE's Call for Action on Lead is provided through the willing offices of Kathleen Ruff, Expert Adviser to the Chair and the Executive Committee, the IJPC-SE. Click here for more information.
[January 27, 2017]
The updated list of endorsers to the ISEE's Call for Action on Lead is provided through the willing offices of Kathleen Ruff, Expert Adviser to the Chair and the Executive Committee, the IJPC-SE. Click here for more information.
[January 3, 2017] In October 2016, David Gee, formerly of the European Environment Agency, and others, convened a two-day conference in the United Kingdom to celebrate 51 years since Bradford Hill's seminal paper on causal inference. Videos and slides of the papers presented are available here. The conference was hosted by Brunel University and the Royal Society of Medicine.
[January 3, 2017]
In October 2016, David Gee, formerly of the European Environment Agency, and others, convened a two-day conference in the United Kingdom to celebrate 51 years since Bradford Hill's seminal paper on causal inference. Videos and slides of the papers presented are available here. The conference was hosted by Brunel University and the Royal Society of Medicine.
[December 25, 2016] At its December 2016 meeting of the Board, the IJPC-SE unanimously approved formal application from the Cameroon Society of Epidemiology (CaSE) for upgrade from the less active membership "Category 3b" to active membership "Category 3a".
[December 25, 2016]
At its December 2016 meeting of the Board, the IJPC-SE unanimously approved formal application from the Cameroon Society of Epidemiology (CaSE) for upgrade from the less active membership "Category 3b" to active membership "Category 3a".
[December 21, 2016] The IJPC-SE Board approved the Terms of Reference for its recently launched Development Committee whose focus is on all aspects related to fundraising for the IJPC-SE as a public charity.
[December 21, 2016]
The IJPC-SE Board approved the Terms of Reference for its recently launched Development Committee whose focus is on all aspects related to fundraising for the IJPC-SE as a public charity.
[December 15, 2016] The IJPC-SE commends the Canadian government on its decision today to ban the manufacture, import, and export of any products containing asbestos by 2018. The World Health Organization since 1987, and others, have repeatedly declared asbestos a carcinogen, yet Canada has until now not only failed to ban the product, but it has even resisted international efforts to list the substance as hazardous under the Rotterdam Convention. Given the strong evidence showing asbestos as a debilitating and cancer-causing agent, the IJPC-SE applauds Canada’s policy shift. The IJPC-SE was one of 68 organizations on a recent letter urging the Canadian Prime Minister to ban asbestos.
[December 15, 2016]
The IJPC-SE commends the Canadian government on its decision today to ban the manufacture, import, and export of any products containing asbestos by 2018. The World Health Organization since 1987, and others, have repeatedly declared asbestos a carcinogen, yet Canada has until now not only failed to ban the product, but it has even resisted international efforts to list the substance as hazardous under the Rotterdam Convention. Given the strong evidence showing asbestos as a debilitating and cancer-causing agent, the IJPC-SE applauds Canada’s policy shift. The IJPC-SE was one of 68 organizations on a recent letter urging the Canadian Prime Minister to ban asbestos.
[December 1​2, 2016] ​On December 8, The Guardian UK reported ​that "​A leading corporate intelligence firm infiltrated the worldwide campaign to ban asbestos in a sophisticated and long-running espionage campaign, the high court in London has heard."
[December 1​2, 2016]
​On December 8, The Guardian UK reported ​that "​A leading corporate intelligence firm infiltrated the worldwide campaign to ban asbestos in a sophisticated and long-running espionage campaign, the high court in London has heard."
[December 7, 2016] ​The IJPC-SE has endorsed a letter from the Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA) urging the Prime Minister of Canada to take immediate action to ban asbestos and establish an expert panel to assess the adequacy of asbestos management in Canada. A media release highlighting the need for immediate action to prevent mesothelioma and other asbestos diseases in Canada was also distributed.
[December 7, 2016]
​The IJPC-SE has endorsed a letter from the Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA) urging the Prime Minister of Canada to take immediate action to ban asbestos and establish an expert panel to assess the adequacy of asbestos management in Canada. A media release highlighting the need for immediate action to prevent mesothelioma and other asbestos diseases in Canada was also distributed.
[December 5, 2016] Let’s stop the manipulation of science was published in Le Monde, Nov 29, 2016. Around a hundred scientists ask Europe and the international community to act against endocrine disrupting chemicals. They condemn the use of strategies for manufacturing doubt employed by industries in the climate change battle.
[December 5, 2016]
Let’s stop the manipulation of science was published in Le Monde, Nov 29, 2016. Around a hundred scientists ask Europe and the international community to act against endocrine disrupting chemicals. They condemn the use of strategies for manufacturing doubt employed by industries in the climate change battle.
[November 12, 2016] Attention is drawn to the first five ENDORSEMENTS of the IJPC-SE received from leading figures, both within and outside of the profession. Further endorsements will be added as they are secured. We are indebted to these leaders for taking the time to endorse the IJPC-SE.
[November 12, 2016]
Attention is drawn to the first five ENDORSEMENTS of the IJPC-SE received from leading figures, both within and outside of the profession. Further endorsements will be added as they are secured. We are indebted to these leaders for taking the time to endorse the IJPC-SE.
[October 28, 2016] The Spanish Society of Epidemiology (SEE) was admitted as a Category 3a member of the IJPC-SE on October 19 2016. This brings the current total number of member societies / associations to 21 and adds yet another member society from Europe. Welcome SEE!
[October 28, 2016]
The Spanish Society of Epidemiology (SEE) was admitted as a Category 3a member of the IJPC-SE on October 19 2016. This brings the current total number of member societies / associations to 21 and adds yet another member society from Europe. Welcome SEE!
[October 27-30, 2016] The Ongoing Corruption of the Scientific Basis for Attribution in Asbestos-Related Disease: How Did We Get Here and What Can We Do?” was presented by Dr. Colin Soskolne in the Symposium on Asbestos Lung Fiber Burden: The New Gold Standard for Determining Asbestos Exposure and Attendant Health Risks? at the Annual Ramazzini Days 2016 Conference, Carpi, Italy October 27-30, 2016.
[October 27-30, 2016]
The Ongoing Corruption of the Scientific Basis for Attribution in Asbestos-Related Disease: How Did We Get Here and What Can We Do?” was presented by Dr. Colin Soskolne in the Symposium on Asbestos Lung Fiber Burden: The New Gold Standard for Determining Asbestos Exposure and Attendant Health Risks? at the Annual Ramazzini Days 2016 Conference, Carpi, Italy October 27-30, 2016.
[October 26, 2016] Ethical Dimensions of Producing and Using Evidence to Inform Policy in a World of Ever-Expanding Environmental Health Inequalities was presented by Colin Soskolne in the Faculty of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada.
[October 26, 2016]
Ethical Dimensions of Producing and Using Evidence to Inform Policy in a World of Ever-Expanding Environmental Health Inequalities was presented by Colin Soskolne in the Faculty of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada.
[October 26, 2016] Through the willing offices of Kathleen Ruff, Expert Adviser to the Chair and the Executive Committee, the IJPC-SE is coordinating the endorsement process for the ISEE Call for Action on Lead. Click here for more information.
[October 26, 2016]
Through the willing offices of Kathleen Ruff, Expert Adviser to the Chair and the Executive Committee, the IJPC-SE is coordinating the endorsement process for the ISEE Call for Action on Lead. Click here for more information.
[October 26, 2016] Cultural anthropologist Stuart Kirsch raises serious questions about the failure to prevent a mining accident despite spending millions of dollars on environmental research and monitoring. More on CBC Radio.
[October 26, 2016]
Cultural anthropologist Stuart Kirsch raises serious questions about the failure to prevent a mining accident despite spending millions of dollars on environmental research and monitoring. More on CBC Radio.
[October 25, 2016] This announcement is for the benefit of delegates who attended the Symposium Working at the Nexus of Research and Policy: The International Joint Policy Committee of the Societies of Epidemiology at the June 21-24 2016 4th Epidemiology Congress of the Americas in Miami, Florida. One of the presentations was delivered by Dr. Colin Soskolne on behalf of Ms. Kathleen Ruff. The presentation was entitled "Continuing failure of Canadian universities to address industry influence and undisclosed conflicting interests. The example of asbestos.". Ms. Ruff verified all factual information contained in her presentation with nothing in need of correction. The Board acknowledges with thanks the due diligence so exercised.
[October 25, 2016]
This announcement is for the benefit of delegates who attended the Symposium Working at the Nexus of Research and Policy: The International Joint Policy Committee of the Societies of Epidemiology at the June 21-24 2016 4th Epidemiology Congress of the Americas in Miami, Florida. One of the presentations was delivered by Dr. Colin Soskolne on behalf of Ms. Kathleen Ruff. The presentation was entitled "Continuing failure of Canadian universities to address industry influence and undisclosed conflicting interests. The example of asbestos.". Ms. Ruff verified all factual information contained in her presentation with nothing in need of correction. The Board acknowledges with thanks the due diligence so exercised.
[July 5, 2016] Kathleen Ruff presented a paper at the 4th Epidemiology Congress of the Americas in Miami (June 21-24, 2016), showing how Quebec's two leading English-language universities - McGill and Concordia - have long colluded with the asbestos industry. She is now reported as continuing her advocacy to keep Canada's federal government to its commitment to ban asbestos and to support its listing under the Rotterdam Convention's list of hazardous substances. See full article here.
[July 5, 2016]
Kathleen Ruff presented a paper at the 4th Epidemiology Congress of the Americas in Miami (June 21-24, 2016), showing how Quebec's two leading English-language universities - McGill and Concordia - have long colluded with the asbestos industry. She is now reported as continuing her advocacy to keep Canada's federal government to its commitment to ban asbestos and to support its listing under the Rotterdam Convention's list of hazardous substances. See full article here.
[July 4-8, 2016] Scoping the Extent of the Problem of Conflict-of-Interest and Moneyed Influence in Public Health was presented by Colin Soskolne at the 24th annual international conference of the Global Ecological Integrity Group (GEIG) in Munich, Germany, July 4-8, 2016.
[July 4-8, 2016]
Scoping the Extent of the Problem of Conflict-of-Interest and Moneyed Influence in Public Health was presented by Colin Soskolne at the 24th annual international conference of the Global Ecological Integrity Group (GEIG) in Munich, Germany, July 4-8, 2016.
[June 21-24, 2016] The IJPC-SE enjoyed a full presence at the 4th North American Congress of Epidemiology held in Miami, FL, USA. Aside from a formal luncheon for past and present epidemiology society/association leadership present at the Congress, a Special Symposium was organized and all presentations are accessible here.
[June 21-24, 2016]
The IJPC-SE enjoyed a full presence at the 4th North American Congress of Epidemiology held in Miami, FL, USA. Aside from a formal luncheon for past and present epidemiology society/association leadership present at the Congress, a Special Symposium was organized and all presentations are accessible here.
[09/06/2016] Kathleen Ruff, Expert Adviser to IJPC-SE Chair and Executive Committee, today in Quebec City received a Medal of the Quebec National Assembly for her decade of work to stop Canada's asbestos trade. See full article here.
[09/06/2016]
Kathleen Ruff, Expert Adviser to IJPC-SE Chair and Executive Committee, today in Quebec City received a Medal of the Quebec National Assembly for her decade of work to stop Canada's asbestos trade. See full article here.
[June 2016] A book, with Chapter 10 entitled "David versus Goliath: Voluntary professional societies of epidemiology and the industrial juggernaut", has just been released by Routledge Earthscan of the Taylor & Francis Group, London and New York. The topic addresses the mission of the International Joint Policy Committee of the Societies of Epidemiology (IJPC-SE) under the book's title of "The Common Good and Ecological Integrity: Human rights and the support of life" edited by Westra L, Gray J and D'Aloia A. The book's flyer can be accessed here.
[June 2016]
A book, with Chapter 10 entitled "David versus Goliath: Voluntary professional societies of epidemiology and the industrial juggernaut", has just been released by Routledge Earthscan of the Taylor & Francis Group, London and New York. The topic addresses the mission of the International Joint Policy Committee of the Societies of Epidemiology (IJPC-SE) under the book's title of "The Common Good and Ecological Integrity: Human rights and the support of life" edited by Westra L, Gray J and D'Aloia A. The book's flyer can be accessed here.
[11/05/2016] Canada 'moving forward' on asbestos ban, says Prime Minister Trudeau. "We know that its impact on workers far outweighs any benefits that it might provide," PM says. See full report here.
[11/05/2016]
Canada 'moving forward' on asbestos ban, says Prime Minister Trudeau. "We know that its impact on workers far outweighs any benefits that it might provide," PM says. See full report here.
[04/05/2016] Philip Morris uses chemical industry consultants to perpetuate 'light cigarette' myth​​. From the Center for Public Integrity, David Heath, investigative journalist, reports - in their Science for Sale series - that, despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary, the tobacco giant, Philip Morris, maintains that "low-tar" cigarettes are safer than regular ones. The report can be accessed here.
[04/05/2016]
Philip Morris uses chemical industry consultants to perpetuate 'light cigarette' myth​​. From the Center for Public Integrity, David Heath, investigative journalist, reports - in their Science for Sale series - that, despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary, the tobacco giant, Philip Morris, maintains that "low-tar" cigarettes are safer than regular ones. The report can be accessed here.
[18/04/2016] A report "Searching for Solutions to Taiwan’s Industrial Pollution" reviews Dr. Soskolne's recent visit in Taiwan. It makes mention of the IJPC-SE and is accessible here.
[18/04/2016]
A report "Searching for Solutions to Taiwan’s Industrial Pollution" reviews Dr. Soskolne's recent visit in Taiwan. It makes mention of the IJPC-SE and is accessible here.
[12/04/2016] In a newspaper report, published on March 27 2016, Canada’s recently replaced federal government is being reminded of its commitment while in opposition to move toward a ban on asbestos. Soon thereafter, two reports followed here and here announcing that Public Services and Procurement Canada – the federal government’s central purchasing agent – has officially banned the use of asbestos-containing materials in all construction and major renovations, a prohibition that took effect April 1. In response, on April 12 2016, in the latter report, among others, Dr. Soskolne is quoted and reference is made to the IJPC-SE.
[12/04/2016]
In a newspaper report, published on March 27 2016, Canada’s recently replaced federal government is being reminded of its commitment while in opposition to move toward a ban on asbestos. Soon thereafter, two reports followed here and here announcing that Public Services and Procurement Canada – the federal government’s central purchasing agent – has officially banned the use of asbestos-containing materials in all construction and major renovations, a prohibition that took effect April 1. In response, on April 12 2016, in the latter report, among others, Dr. Soskolne is quoted and reference is made to the IJPC-SE.
[07-08/04/2016] In Hanoi, Vietnam, at the Research and Training Centre for Community Development (RTCCD), a training workshop was held on the theme “Ethics in Research, Policy Advocacy and Public Health-Related Policy Development.” Dr. Soskolne, Chair of the IJPC-SE, was the keynote speaker. In the picture, the logo of the IJPC-SE was incorporated into the banner used for the Workshop. The MISSION of the IJPC-SE was incorporated throughout the Workshop in a country where asbestos interests continue to influence policy and expand markets.
[07-08/04/2016]
In Hanoi, Vietnam, at the Research and Training Centre for Community Development (RTCCD), a training workshop was held on the theme “Ethics in Research, Policy Advocacy and Public Health-Related Policy Development.” Dr. Soskolne, Chair of the IJPC-SE, was the keynote speaker. In the picture, the logo of the IJPC-SE was incorporated into the banner used for the Workshop. The MISSION of the IJPC-SE was incorporated throughout the Workshop in a country where asbestos interests continue to influence policy and expand markets.
[16/03/2016] On March 16 2016, the Cameroon Society of Epidemiology (CaSE) was admitted as a Category 3b member of the IJPC-SE. This brings the current total number of member societies / associations to 20 and adds a sixth continent to the member society profile. Welcome CaSE!
[16/03/2016]
On March 16 2016, the Cameroon Society of Epidemiology (CaSE) was admitted as a Category 3b member of the IJPC-SE. This brings the current total number of member societies / associations to 20 and adds a sixth continent to the member society profile. Welcome CaSE!
[23/02/2016] Kathleen Ruff, IJPC-SE Expert Adviser, published an article on Scientific Journals and Conflict of Interest Disclosure in Environmental Health. The article made it to the top 10 of 2015 in Environmental Health.
[23/02/2016]
Kathleen Ruff, IJPC-SE Expert Adviser, published an article on Scientific Journals and Conflict of Interest Disclosure in Environmental Health. The article made it to the top 10 of 2015 in Environmental Health.
[22/02/2016] Investigative journalists report on the corruption of public health science by vested interests, making reference to prior IJPC-SE work. The Center for Public Integrity has published a series of articles on the topic of Science for Sale. The articles expose improper industry influence over scientific research. One of the articles in the series, Meet the 'rented white coats' who defend toxic chemicals, refers to the work carried out by the IJPC-SE in adopting its Position Statement on Asbestos. Click here for access
[22/02/2016]
Investigative journalists report on the corruption of public health science by vested interests, making reference to prior IJPC-SE work. The Center for Public Integrity has published a series of articles on the topic of Science for Sale. The articles expose improper industry influence over scientific research. One of the articles in the series, Meet the 'rented white coats' who defend toxic chemicals, refers to the work carried out by the IJPC-SE in adopting its Position Statement on Asbestos. Click here for access
[03/12/2015] The IJPC-SE is a Secondary Sponsor of the 2016 Epidemiology Congress of the Americas in Miami, Florida, June 21–24, 2016. Registration is now open. A Special Symposium on the IJPC-SE and its current work will be held at the Congress.
[03/12/2015]
The IJPC-SE is a Secondary Sponsor of the 2016 Epidemiology Congress of the Americas in Miami, Florida, June 21–24, 2016. Registration is now open. A Special Symposium on the IJPC-SE and its current work will be held at the Congress.
[26/11/2015] ​Today, a milestone was reached in the development of the IJPC-SE. ​Our DONOR PORTAL, representing Phase III of our website, has been completed and has gone live. Now we can appeal to your generosity! ​The IJPC-SE need​s​ financial support ​if we are ​to ​continue with our mission. Please consider contributing. To do so, click either the PLEASE DONATE! button on the top-right corner of this page or here to access the ​DONOR PORTAL. There are several ways to give and your on-line transaction will be secure. Donations to the IJPC-SE are tax deductible in the U.S.​A.​ ​Please visit our DONOR PORTAL!
[26/11/2015]
​Today, a milestone was reached in the development of the IJPC-SE. ​Our DONOR PORTAL, representing Phase III of our website, has been completed and has gone live. Now we can appeal to your generosity! ​The IJPC-SE need​s​ financial support ​if we are ​to ​continue with our mission. Please consider contributing. To do so, click either the PLEASE DONATE! button on the top-right corner of this page or here to access the ​DONOR PORTAL. There are several ways to give and your on-line transaction will be secure. Donations to the IJPC-SE are tax deductible in the U.S.​A.​ ​Please visit our DONOR PORTAL!
[21/11/2015] A presentation was given by Dr. Tran Tuan at a November 18, 2015 workshop in Hanoi where he calls for Vietnam to ban asbestos. Please see the Position Statement on Asbestos section of this site for more details.
[21/11/2015]
A presentation was given by Dr. Tran Tuan at a November 18, 2015 workshop in Hanoi where he calls for Vietnam to ban asbestos. Please see the Position Statement on Asbestos section of this site for more details.
[17/10/2015] The Italian Society of Medical Statistics and Clinical Epidemiology (SISMEC) is requiring a group of scientists to correct false information they put forward in an article denying harm caused by chrysotile asbestos mined at the Balangero mine in northern Italy. This is the second correction that the authors have been required to publish. Read more here.
[17/10/2015]
The Italian Society of Medical Statistics and Clinical Epidemiology (SISMEC) is requiring a group of scientists to correct false information they put forward in an article denying harm caused by chrysotile asbestos mined at the Balangero mine in northern Italy. This is the second correction that the authors have been required to publish. Read more here.
[25/09/2015] The IJPC-SE is proud to announce that its immediate Past-Chair, Dr. Stanley H. Weiss, has been recognized for his contributions that address public-health issues of major importance through the science of epidemiology. He is the 2015 recipient of the Wade Hampton Frost Lecture award by the American Public Health Association (APHA). This award was first bestowed in 1972 to recognize an individual who, through the application of epidemiologic methods, has made a significant contribution to addressing a major public health issue. The award is named to honor the pioneering work of Wade Hampton Frost (1880–1938), founding professor and chair of the department of epidemiology at Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Weiss will receive the award at the 143rd annual meeting of the APHA in Chicago, USA, October 31 – November 4, 2015.
[25/09/2015]
The IJPC-SE is proud to announce that its immediate Past-Chair, Dr. Stanley H. Weiss, has been recognized for his contributions that address public-health issues of major importance through the science of epidemiology. He is the 2015 recipient of the Wade Hampton Frost Lecture award by the American Public Health Association (APHA). This award was first bestowed in 1972 to recognize an individual who, through the application of epidemiologic methods, has made a significant contribution to addressing a major public health issue. The award is named to honor the pioneering work of Wade Hampton Frost (1880–1938), founding professor and chair of the department of epidemiology at Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Weiss will receive the award at the 143rd annual meeting of the APHA in Chicago, USA, October 31 – November 4, 2015.
[18/09/2015] The IJPC-SE's first "Policy on entities from whom financial contributions, contracts, and grants WILL and WILL NOT be sought/accepted, and how these will be disclosed," adopted on June 26 2015, was revised on September 16, 2015 in order to amalgamate the two tiers of donor recognition levels into a single tier.
[18/09/2015]
The IJPC-SE's first "Policy on entities from whom financial contributions, contracts, and grants WILL and WILL NOT be sought/accepted, and how these will be disclosed," adopted on June 26 2015, was revised on September 16, 2015 in order to amalgamate the two tiers of donor recognition levels into a single tier.
[13/09/2015] The 22nd IEA World Congress of Epidemiology has been awarded to the Australasian Epidemiological Association (AEA) and will be hosted in Melbourne, Australia in 2020. For information available to date, please click here.
[13/09/2015]
The 22nd IEA World Congress of Epidemiology has been awarded to the Australasian Epidemiological Association (AEA) and will be hosted in Melbourne, Australia in 2020. For information available to date, please click here.
[8/09/2015] In São Paulo, Brazil, August 30 – September 3 2015, at the 27th Annual Conference of the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology (ISEE) on the theme of Addressing Environmental Health Inequalities, a 45-minute plenary lecture was delivered entitled Ethical Dimensions of Producing and Using Evidence to Inform Policy in a World of Ever-Expanding Environmental Health Inequalities.
[8/09/2015]
In São Paulo, Brazil, August 30 – September 3 2015, at the 27th Annual Conference of the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology (ISEE) on the theme of Addressing Environmental Health Inequalities, a 45-minute plenary lecture was delivered entitled Ethical Dimensions of Producing and Using Evidence to Inform Policy in a World of Ever-Expanding Environmental Health Inequalities.
[14/08/2015] On May 20, 2015, the IJPC-SE Board voted to endorse the March 2015 CALL FOR ACTION ON LEAD of the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology (ISEE). This has now been published in EPIDEMIOLOGY. Please feel free to disseminate this CALL FOR ACTION.
[14/08/2015]
On May 20, 2015, the IJPC-SE Board voted to endorse the March 2015 CALL FOR ACTION ON LEAD of the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology (ISEE). This has now been published in EPIDEMIOLOGY. Please feel free to disseminate this CALL FOR ACTION.
[11/08/2015] Deadlines announced for the 2016 Epidemiology Congress of the Americas. Submissions are now being accepted through September 18 for Symposia and Workshops. Abstract submissions will be accepted from September 7 through November 2, 2015. Visit epicongress.org for more information. Congress 2016 will take place in Miami, Florida, from June 20 – 24, 2016.
[11/08/2015]
Deadlines announced for the 2016 Epidemiology Congress of the Americas. Submissions are now being accepted through September 18 for Symposia and Workshops. Abstract submissions will be accepted from September 7 through November 2, 2015. Visit epicongress.org for more information. Congress 2016 will take place in Miami, Florida, from June 20 – 24, 2016.
[3/08/2015] Published in the Annals of Epidemiology, 25(2015): 458–465, the American College of Epidemiology's report entitled: "Charting a future for epidemiologic training" by Brownson RC, et al. The article is available for free, open access, here. Owing to its significance, a Special Issue of The Epidemiology Monitor (June, 2015) was devoted to reporting on it. Click here to read. If anyone is interested and available to champion a global study among IJPC-SE member society members, please bring this to the IJPC-SE Chair’s attention.
[3/08/2015]
Published in the Annals of Epidemiology, 25(2015): 458–465, the American College of Epidemiology's report entitled: "Charting a future for epidemiologic training" by Brownson RC, et al. The article is available for free, open access, here. Owing to its significance, a Special Issue of The Epidemiology Monitor (June, 2015) was devoted to reporting on it. Click here to read. If anyone is interested and available to champion a global study among IJPC-SE member society members, please bring this to the IJPC-SE Chair’s attention.
[3/07/2015] In Parma, Italy, June 29 – July 3 2015, at the 23rd Global Ecological Integrity Group (GEIG) international conference on the theme of The Common Good: The Role of Integrity in the Support of Life and Human Security, a plenary presentation entitled David vs. Goliath: voluntary professional societies and the industrial juggernaut was delivered by Dr. Colin L. Soskolne.
[3/07/2015]
In Parma, Italy, June 29 – July 3 2015, at the 23rd Global Ecological Integrity Group (GEIG) international conference on the theme of The Common Good: The Role of Integrity in the Support of Life and Human Security, a plenary presentation entitled David vs. Goliath: voluntary professional societies and the industrial juggernaut was delivered by Dr. Colin L. Soskolne.
[18/06/2015] A report about the progress being made by the IJPC-SE was included in the most recent issue of The Epidemiology Monitor and is accessible here.
[18/06/2015]
A report about the progress being made by the IJPC-SE was included in the most recent issue of The Epidemiology Monitor and is accessible here.
[23/05/2015] On May 20 2015, the Romanian Society of Epidemiology (RSE) was admitted as a Category 3a member of the IJPC-SE. This brings the current total number of member societies/associations to 19. Welcome RSE!
[23/05/2015]
On May 20 2015, the Romanian Society of Epidemiology (RSE) was admitted as a Category 3a member of the IJPC-SE. This brings the current total number of member societies/associations to 19. Welcome RSE!
[28/03/2015] The IJPC-SE has assumed a formal Secondary Sponsorship role with the planning of the Epidemiology Congress of the Americas to take place in Miami, Florida, USA June 20-24, 2016. Dr. Stanley H. Weiss will be the IJPC-SE's main liaison. A Special Symposium on the IJPC-SE's mission and work will take place at Congress 2016. Please let chair@ijpc-se.org know if you have any interest in playing a role in planning these events.
[28/03/2015]
The IJPC-SE has assumed a formal Secondary Sponsorship role with the planning of the Epidemiology Congress of the Americas to take place in Miami, Florida, USA June 20-24, 2016. Dr. Stanley H. Weiss will be the IJPC-SE's main liaison. A Special Symposium on the IJPC-SE's mission and work will take place at Congress 2016. Please let chair@ijpc-se.org know if you have any interest in playing a role in planning these events.
[21/03/2015] FURTHER INTERNATIONAL EXPANSION: Both the German Society for Epidemiology (DGEpi) and the Japan Epidemiological Association (JEA) were admitted on March 18 2015 to the IJPC-SE Board. The DGEpi is welcomed as a category 3a member; the JEA is welcomed as a category 3b member. This brings the total number of IJPC-SE-member organizations from 17 to 18.
[21/03/2015]
FURTHER INTERNATIONAL EXPANSION: Both the German Society for Epidemiology (DGEpi) and the Japan Epidemiological Association (JEA) were admitted on March 18 2015 to the IJPC-SE Board. The DGEpi is welcomed as a category 3a member; the JEA is welcomed as a category 3b member. This brings the total number of IJPC-SE-member organizations from 17 to 18.
[27/01/2015] The IJPC-SE's Working Group on Conflict-of-Interest & Disclosure (COI&D) has been recognized in the January 2015 issue of The Epidemiology Monitor for addressing COI on behalf of its member societies. We are doing this with broad engagement from our interested members. The IJPC-SE invites input from people concerned with the important topic of COI&D. For the IJPC-SE, please respond directly to chair@ijpc-se.org.
[27/01/2015]
The IJPC-SE's Working Group on Conflict-of-Interest & Disclosure (COI&D) has been recognized in the January 2015 issue of The Epidemiology Monitor for addressing COI on behalf of its member societies. We are doing this with broad engagement from our interested members. The IJPC-SE invites input from people concerned with the important topic of COI&D. For the IJPC-SE, please respond directly to chair@ijpc-se.org.
[16/01/2015] The IJPC-SE goes atwitter! Join the discussion @IJPCSE.
[16/01/2015]
The IJPC-SE goes atwitter! Join the discussion @IJPCSE.
[13/01/2015] IJPC-SE Membership Recent Growth and Changes:
GROWTH: The addition of two new member societies:
- Royal Society of Public Health (RSPH) [Category 3a member]
- International Society for Children's Health and the Environment (ISCHE) [Category 3a member]

Recent change of the Society for Epidemiologic Research (SER) from an active member to that of an Invited Guest

Recent withdrawal of a former IJPC-SE member society:
American Heart Association, Council on Epidemiology and Prevention (AHA)
[Category 3d(ii) member].

[13/01/2015]
IJPC-SE Membership Recent Growth and Changes:
GROWTH: The addition of two new member societies:
- Royal Society of Public Health (RSPH) [Category 3a member]
- International Society for Children's Health and the Environment (ISCHE) [Category 3a member]

Recent change of the Society for Epidemiologic Research (SER) from an active member to that of an Invited Guest

Recent withdrawal of a former IJPC-SE member society:
American Heart Association, Council on Epidemiology and Prevention (AHA)
[Category 3d(ii) member].
[12/01/2015] Data reveals asbestos is Canada's top source of workplace death. Globe and Mail, Dec. 15 2014.
[12/01/2015]
[28/11/2014] Message about the Ebola Outbreak from the IJPC-SE's Executive Committee. Click here to read. Most recently, The Epidemiology Monitor (November 24, 2014) provided some important updates on the Ebola epidemic, accessible here.
[28/11/2014]
Message about the Ebola Outbreak from the IJPC-SE's Executive Committee. Click here to read. Most recently, The Epidemiology Monitor (November 24, 2014) provided some important updates on the Ebola epidemic, accessible here.
[28/11/2014] The IJPC-SE is pleased to release its official policy on granting endorsements to any published media related to its role as the nexus between epidemiology and public policy. The endorsement policy may be found here.
[28/11/2014]
The IJPC-SE is pleased to release its official policy on granting endorsements to any published media related to its role as the nexus between epidemiology and public policy. The endorsement policy may be found here.
[27/11/2014] The IJPC-SE Founding Bylaws are available here.
[27/11/2014]
The IJPC-SE Founding Bylaws are available here.
[31/10/2014] AN IMPACTFUL MANIFESTO: The Executive Committee of the International Joint Policy Committee of the Societies of Epidemiology (IJPC-SE) is calling on interested parties to reflect on a Manifesto entitled From Public to Planetary Health, recently published in The Lancet.
[31/10/2014]
AN IMPACTFUL MANIFESTO: The Executive Committee of the International Joint Policy Committee of the Societies of Epidemiology (IJPC-SE) is calling on interested parties to reflect on a Manifesto entitled From Public to Planetary Health, recently published in The Lancet.
[26/05/2014] THE IJPC-SE AND ITS CONFLICT-OF-INTEREST PROCESS is a new initiative of the IJPC-SE. More information as well as an invitation to get involved can be found here.
[26/05/2014]
THE IJPC-SE AND ITS CONFLICT-OF-INTEREST PROCESS is a new initiative of the IJPC-SE. More information as well as an invitation to get involved can be found here.
[16/04/2014] ANNOUNCEMENT: On April 16, 2014, Colin L. Soskolne, PhD, assumed the two-year position of Chair of the Board of the IJPC-SE. Professor Soskolne took over from Stanley H. Weiss, MD, who had served as Chair for the past 4 years. With this change, Professor Weiss has assumed the one-year role of (immediate) Past-Chair on the Board, in keeping with IJPC-SE Bylaw transitions. On this date were also elected Dr. Manley Finch (Secretary), Dr. James A. Gaudino Jr, (Treasurer), and Dr. Mark Oremus (Communications Officer).
[16/04/2014]
ANNOUNCEMENT: On April 16, 2014, Colin L. Soskolne, PhD, assumed the two-year position of Chair of the Board of the IJPC-SE. Professor Soskolne took over from Stanley H. Weiss, MD, who had served as Chair for the past 4 years. With this change, Professor Weiss has assumed the one-year role of (immediate) Past-Chair on the Board, in keeping with IJPC-SE Bylaw transitions. On this date were also elected Dr. Manley Finch (Secretary), Dr. James A. Gaudino Jr, (Treasurer), and Dr. Mark Oremus (Communications Officer).
[] The Position Statement on Asbestos is here.
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The Position Statement on Asbestos is here.
[] IJPC-SE is happy to announce that ABRASCO (Associação Brasileira de Saúde Coletiva), the Brazilian Association of Public Health, has joined its ranks effective July 26th, 2012, bringing our number of member organizations to 14. Welcome!
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IJPC-SE is happy to announce that ABRASCO (Associação Brasileira de Saúde Coletiva), the Brazilian Association of Public Health, has joined its ranks effective July 26th, 2012, bringing our number of member organizations to 14. Welcome!
[] The French translation of the Position Statement on Asbestos (full version) is now available and can be downloaded here.
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The French translation of the Position Statement on Asbestos (full version) is now available and can be downloaded here.
[] The Portuguese translation of the Position Statement on Asbestos (full version) is now available and can be downloaded here.
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The Portuguese translation of the Position Statement on Asbestos (full version) is now available and can be downloaded here.
[] On August 28, 2012, IJPC-SE expert advisor, Kathleen Ruff, presented a paper entitled Recommendations for action on asbestos — Canada and beyond to the World Cancer Congress of the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) in Montreal.
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On August 28, 2012, IJPC-SE expert advisor, Kathleen Ruff, presented a paper entitled Recommendations for action on asbestos — Canada and beyond to the World Cancer Congress of the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) in Montreal.
[] The Russian translations of the Position Statement on Asbestos (executive summary) and Media Release are available here and here.
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The Russian translations of the Position Statement on Asbestos (executive summary) and Media Release are available here and here.
[] Canada's federal government announced on September 14 2012 that, at the next meeting in 2013 of the Conference of the Parties to the Rotterdam Convention, Canada will no longer obstruct the listing of Chrysotile Asbestos in Annex III of the Convention, thus allowing its to be recognized as a hazardous substance. In addition, the Canadian government has committed $50 million in economic transition assistance to the single-industry town of Asbestos, Quebec, where Chrysotile Asbestos mining has been its sole significant industry for the past 130 years. The UN will hold back-to-back meetings of the 3 connected Conventions in 2013: "Meetings of the conferences of the parties to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions, 28 April - 10 May 2013, Geneva, Switzerland". Click here to read the full story.
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Canada's federal government announced on September 14 2012 that, at the next meeting in 2013 of the Conference of the Parties to the Rotterdam Convention, Canada will no longer obstruct the listing of Chrysotile Asbestos in Annex III of the Convention, thus allowing its to be recognized as a hazardous substance. In addition, the Canadian government has committed $50 million in economic transition assistance to the single-industry town of Asbestos, Quebec, where Chrysotile Asbestos mining has been its sole significant industry for the past 130 years. The UN will hold back-to-back meetings of the 3 connected Conventions in 2013: "Meetings of the conferences of the parties to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions, 28 April - 10 May 2013, Geneva, Switzerland". Click here to read the full story.
[] Asbestos Statement By Epidemiologists Seen As A Critical Contribution In An Ongoing Public Health Battle. A special article by Kathleen Ruff. Click here to read it.
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Asbestos Statement By Epidemiologists Seen As A Critical Contribution In An Ongoing Public Health Battle. A special article by Kathleen Ruff. Click here to read it.
[] The Chinese translations of the Position Statement on Asbestos (executive summary) and Media Release are available here and here.
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The Chinese translations of the Position Statement on Asbestos (executive summary) and Media Release are available here and here.
[] The Arabic translations of the Position Statement on Asbestos (executive summary) and Media Release are available here and here.
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The Arabic translations of the Position Statement on Asbestos (executive summary) and Media Release are available here and here.
[] The Spanish translations of the Position Statement on Asbestos (executive summary) and Media Release are available here and here.
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The Spanish translations of the Position Statement on Asbestos (executive summary) and Media Release are available here and here.
[] We are pleased to welcome the Collegium Ramazzini as a 14th member organization to the current IJPC-SE as of August 1, 2013.
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We are pleased to welcome the Collegium Ramazzini as a 14th member organization to the current IJPC-SE as of August 1, 2013.
[] We are pleased to welcome the Australasian Epidemiological Association as a 15th member organization.
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We are pleased to welcome the Australasian Epidemiological Association as a 15th member organization.
[] In December 2013, the JPC-SE agreed on a name change to IJPC-SE (i.e., International Joint Policy Committee of the Societies of Epidemiology). This change was necessitated to better reflect the organization's ever-widening international membership. Because of this change, we have been working on an overhaul of our website. In particular, we have been developing a new look for the website that captures this change in name. The first step in this process can be seen in our new banner above. Further changes will be introduced over the next weeks.
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In December 2013, the JPC-SE agreed on a name change to IJPC-SE (i.e., International Joint Policy Committee of the Societies of Epidemiology). This change was necessitated to better reflect the organization's ever-widening international membership. Because of this change, we have been working on an overhaul of our website. In particular, we have been developing a new look for the website that captures this change in name. The first step in this process can be seen in our new banner above. Further changes will be introduced over the next weeks.
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