Dr Laura Beane Freeman US National Cancer Institute, Division of Cancer Epidemiology & Genetics, Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology Branch
Dr Laura Beane Freeman works at the US National Cancer Institute, Division of Cancer Epidemiology & Genetics, Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology Branch. She received her doctorate in epidemiology from the University of Iowa in 2003 and completed post-doctoral training in the Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology Branch of NCI.
She is currently the NCI Principal Investigator on the Agricultural Health Study, the Early Life Exposures in Agriculture Study and the NCI Formaldehyde Industries Cohort, and is also a member of the AGRICOH Consortium.
The focus of her work includes investigating cancer risk associated with a number of occupational and environmental exposures. Specifically, she conducts research related to the agricultural environment where excess risks are observed for Hodgkin lymphoma, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, leukaemia, multiple myeloma, and cancers of the brain, skin, lip, stomach and prostate. Exposures suspected of contributing to the excesses include pesticides, viruses, mycotoxins and a variety of other agents.
Professor Vivi Schlünssen Department of Public Health, Environment, Occupation and Health, Danish Ramazzini Centre, Aarhus University, Denmark
Professor Vivi Schlünssen works at the Department of Public Health, Environment, Occupation and Health, Danish Ramazzini Centre, Aarhus University, Denmark, as well as at The National Reseach Center for the Working Environment in Copenhagen, Denmark. She received her medical degree from Aarhus University in 1994, and became a Specialist in Occupational Medicine in 2005 with clinical training in Aalborg, Kolding, Aarhus, and Skive hospitals in Denmark. She has post-doctoral training in occupational epidemiology from Utrecht University in the Netherlands and from Aarhus University in Denmark.
She is currently principal investigator of the National Prenatal stress and allergy project. She is the principal investigator of the Danish ECRHS/RHINE/RHINESSA Centre, population based generation multicentre studies on risk factors and prognostic factors for respiratory diseases, and furthermore she holds the position as Vice Research Director of RHINESSA. She is vice chair of WG3 of COST action CA16216: OMEGA-NET – Inventory of Occupational Cohorts, and co-leads a joint WHO/ILO systematic review on dust, fibres, and pneumoconiosis. Recently she became head of WP6 in EPHOR – a Horizon 2020 project: Exposome project for health and occupational research.
The focus of her scientific work is respiratory diseases, allergy and exposure assessment, mainly in the public health and the occupational field. She holds a special interest in the impact of organic dust including microbial diversity on health, and conducts research among e.g. farmers and wood workers. Recently she has prioritised research on the impact of early life exposures and health by using cohort studies together with register-based data and exposure measurements.
Dr Susan Peters Environmental Epidemiology division, Institute for Risk Assessment Sciences, Utrecht University, the Netherlands
Dr Susan Peters has a PhD in occupational epidemiology from Utrecht University (2012) and currently holds a position as Assistant Professor at the Institute for Risk Assessment Sciences, Utrecht University, the Netherlands. From 2012 to 2016 she did postdoctoral research at the University of Western Australia.
Susan’s work is focused upon exposure assessment within occupational epidemiology. She has extensive experience in the development and use of JEMs as well as in exposure modelling. Her research activities are primarily concentrated on occupational causes of chronic diseases, particularly cancer and neurodegenerative disorders.
Susan currently coordinates a case-control study on ALS in the Netherlands. She is also a member of the OMEGA-Net and SYNERGY consortia, as well as the recently started Exposome Project for Health and Occupational Research (EPHOR). Within EPIC, she is involved in neurodegenerative disease research (i.e. Parkinson’s Disease and ALS). In Western Australia, she led a project to establish a large miners’ cohort in order to study chronic health effects associated with mining exposures. Furthermore, Susan is editorial board member of both the Annals of Work Exposures and Health and the Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment & Health.
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