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Rutgers Faculty to Chair Assembly on Environmental, Occupational, and Population Health for the American Thoracic Society

Dr. Howard M. Kipen, interim chair, department of environmental and occupational health at the Rutgers School of Public Health, has been named the chair of the Assembly on Environmental, Occupational, and Population Health (EOPH Assembly) for the American Thoracic Society.

[Photo: Dr. Howard M. Kipen]

The EOPH Assembly represents a broad range of clinicians, researchers, educators, and public health professionals who are interested in how environmental or occupational factors contribute to lung disease. As the newly elected chair of the Assembly, Dr. Kipen will lead a group of approximately 500 primary members and 1200 secondary members. The EOPH Assembly frequently impacts public policy through its statements and positions on important environmental or occupational health issues. Recent political shifts in environmental policy make the work of the Assembly even timelier.

According to Dr. Kipen, “more than ever it is key for scientists and clinicians to develop, strengthen, and communicate the science that speaks to the ongoing hazards presented by air pollution in outdoor, indoor, and work environments.” Regarding his appointment as chair, he is “grateful for the support of the ATS and former assembly chair, Dr. Jack R. Harkema as the Assembly continues to apply scientific knowledge to improve the lives of people in the U.S. and around the world.”

Dr. Kipen brings his extensive expertise in environmental and occupational health and air pollution to the EOPH Assembly leadership. Aside from his duties as professor and interim chair of the department of environmental and occupational health at the Rutgers School of Public Health, he is also chief of the Division of Clinical Research and Occupational Medicine, and medical director of the Controlled Environment Facility of the Rutgers Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute, where he is also acting associate director. Since, 2004, he has directed human mechanistic biomarker and air pollution studies in Beijing, Chongqing / Reading, and in the U.S. to understand how air pollutants affect cardiovascular and respiratory health. He has served on or chaired a number of committees at the Institute of Medicine/National Academy of Sciences, NIH, Department of Veterans Affairs, American Thoracic Society, Department of Defense, and NJ Departments of Environmental Protection and Health. He co-directed the American Thoracic Society’s Ad Hoc Committee on “What Constitutes an Adverse Health Effect of Air Pollution.” From 2009 to 2016, he chaired NASA’s Standing Review Panel on Advanced Environmental Health / Food Technology. He is currently the PI on an EPA funded study that examines climate change impacts on air pollution and biomarkers of vascular health.

Dr. Kipen has also been appointed as a member of the Board of Directors for the American Thoracic Society. His appointments will continue through May 2019.