Understanding the Interplay of Environmental Stressors, Infectious Disease, and Human Health

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January 15-16, 2019


National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
Keck Center, Room 100
500 Fifth Street NW
Washington, DC


Understanding the impacts of changes to the environment on the spread of and human susceptibility to infectious diseases is an emerging area of research. Human exposures to immunotoxicants may increase human vulnerability to infectious agents and environmental disruption may modify where humans encounter different infectious agents. These topics are being explored in different research communities, but rarely looked at holistically.


Join a free workshop on January 15-16, organized by the Standing Committee on the Emerging Science for Environmental Health Decisions, to explore new science that aims to understand this interplay of environmental stressors, infectious disease, and human health. Speakers will discuss emerging evidence on the links between environmental pollution and infectious disease, promising approaches to study those interactions, and how this knowledge could guide research directions, health practices, and public policy.


Held in Washington D.C. and webcast live, the workshop will include presentations and panel discussions on topics such as:


  • The impact of chemical exposures on human susceptibility to infectious disease
  • The impact of environmental disruptions on human exposure to infectious agents


Coming soon:

  • Agenda
  • Participant Bios
  • Background Reading List
  • Related National Academies Work


Workshop organizing committee:  Robert Newman (Chair), Aspen Institute; John Balbus, National Institutes of Health; Meghan Davis, Johns Hopkins University; Gary Ginsberg, New York State Department of Health; Margaret Karagas, Dartmouth College; Melissa Perry, Milken Institute; Joshua Rosenthal, National Institutes of Health;  David Savitz, Brown University; John Vandenberg, Environmental Protection Agency


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