ISGlobal: Five challenges in the future of environmental epidemiology

ISGlobal: Five challenges in the future of environmental epidemiology

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The world is changing at a vertiginous rate and science must keep pace or be left behind. This is particularly true in the case of environmental epidemiology, a scientific field that must deal with immense change over the next 25 years to remain relevant in public health and preventive medicine. This is the thesis of a recent article published in the journal Environment International that originated at a symposium held in Barcelona in November 2015 to commemorate the 10th anniversary of CREAL (now ISGlobal Campus Mar).

The essay, coordinated by ISGlobal researcher Cathryn Tonne, identifies five issues as the driving forces that will shape the future of environmental epidemiology, the scientific field that studies the effects of the environment on our health: Demographics and Urbanisation, Global Changes in the Environment, Technology, Data Availability and Study Design and Models of Research. 

After identifying the principal challenges, the authors of the article make recommendations on how environmental epidemiology needs to adapt to prepare for the challenges ahead:

More information:
ISGlobal website

Reference work:
Tonne, C., Basagaña, X., Chaix, B. et al. New frontiers for environmental epidemiology in a changing world. Environment International (2017).