Dear friends and colleagues in the International Epidemiology Association (IEA),
This initiates a monthly email update for IEA members in the North American region (US and Canada).
Each communication will include brief news items, plus an IEA member profile.
This first communication includes my own profile, in case some of you don’t know me.
The Dictionary of Epidemiology Sixth Edition will remain open for comments until March 15th.
The next World Congress of Epidemiology (WCE) is August 17-21, 2014, Anchorage, Alaska.
The WCE is not often held in North America, so it’s an important event for us.
Planning is underway and it is shaping up to be a very special event.
Participation and ideas from IEA members are welcome.
For North American members, please feel free to write directly to me if interested.
More information about WCE is in the attached newsletter that was sent to all of IEA. Also, you can bookmark this link below, for updates: http://www.epidemiology2014.com/
The topic is: “Health of indigenous peoples: A global health disparity”.
Speakers will be from Brazil, Australia and the United States.
We will also be sponsoring sessions at other North American meetings (see later updates).
Ezra Susser, MD, DrPH
Ezra Susser is Professor Epidemiology and Psychiatry at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, and New York State Psychiatric Institute, Director of the Imprints Center for Genetic and Environmental Lifecourse Studies, and co-Director of the Global Mental Health Program at Columbia University. He is also the Dr. Lisa Oehler Visiting Professor, at the Department of Psychiatry, University of Göttingen, Germany.
Dr. Susser’s work, at present, focuses primarily on neurodevelopmental disorders, some evident in childhood, such as autism spectrum disorders, and others evident later, such as schizophrenia. It includes studies of causes at many levels, ranging from prenatal exposures to genetics/epigenetics to childhood sociocultural context; the potential for prevention; and ways of enhancing the quality of life of affected individuals over their life course. Much of Dr. Susser’s past research focused on the inter-relationships between sociocultural conditions and mental illness. This work included international studies (with WHO) of the incidence and course of psychotic disorders in differing contexts; studies of the relationships between mental illness and homelessness, as well as the broader contextual factors related to homelessness; and studies of the intersection of mental illness, homelessness and HIV infection. Extending to experimental studies, he developed the Critical Time Intervention (CTI) to prevent recurrence of homelessness among individuals with mental illness; this intervention proved successful in several studies and is now being adapted and tested in a variety of settings, including in Latin America.
As North American Regional Councilor for the IEA, Dr. Susser’s foci have included strengthening ties with IEA and South America, and joint memberships with other organizations.