Dr. Wael Al-Delaimy, Professor and Division Chief of Global Health in the Department of Family Medicine and Public Health took on the leadership of the International Joint Policy Committee of Societies of Epidemiology (IJPCSE). He was nominated and elected last year as Chair-Elect and his two-year term started April 27, 2016. IJPCSE is a Non-profit organization of a consortium of 20 Societies and Associations of Epidemiology from around the world across six continents (https://www.ijpc-se.org/). Since its establishment in 2006, IJPCSE has focused on addressing policy issues that relate to the practice of epidemiologic research, find appropriate venues for the translation of current epidemiologic findings into policy, promote the professional interests of the discipline of epidemiology in governmental organizations, and identify the strategies and processes for shared decision-making among member organizations to develop rational, effective, and cost-conscious policies that serve the public interest.
Dr. Jose Ricardo Suarez, Suárez received the First Annual Carmel Prize for Research Excellence awarded by the Western Societies of Medicine on January 29, 2016, in Carmel by the Sea, CA during the Western Regional Meeting. Dr. Suárez was awarded this prize for his work in Environmental Health which include the NIOSH and NIH-funded ESPINA study of child development in relation to pesticide exposures, community-based participatory research in agricultural communities regarding socio-economic and cultural determinants of health (including mental health) and healthcare barriers, the CARDIA study of persistent organic pollutants in relation to metabolic alterations in adults, and the on-going NO-POPs clinical trial, aimed at testing the effect of dietary interventions on enhancing the excretion of Persistent Organic Pollutants, such as PCBs, PBDE flame retardants and organochlorine pesticides among older adults in San Diego, CA.
Dr. Suarez is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Global Health, in the Department of Family Medicine and Public Health at UC San Diego since 2013, and was named fellow of the JPB Environmental Health Program at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, supported by the JPB Foundation, for the period 2014-2017.
The Western Societies of Medicine comprises the Western Association of Physicians, Western Society for Clinical Investigation, Western Society for Pediatric Research, Western Section for American Federation for Medical Research, and Western Student and Resident Medical Research Forum.