18 – 19 August 2022
Challenges and Opportunities in the 21st Century
International Conference on Environment and Human Health:
Challenges and Opportunities in the 21st Century
The International Conference on Environment and Human Health: Challenges and Opportunities in the 21st Century aims to initiate networking, knowledge, and ideas exchanges between hundreds of professionals from countries around the world on the latest research on the nexus of the environment and human health. The Conference highlights the interdependence and interactions between human and the environment and their importance in affecting environmental sustainability and human health and wellbeing. It fosters knowledge exchange between academics, researchers, professionals, practitioners, and policy makers regarding the complex connections between the environment and human health and promote cross-discipline understanding, evidence-based actions and practices in the areas of human health and environmental health.
University at Albany, United States
Topic: Lessons learned from COVID-19 on Helping People to Communicate about Health
Professor in Health Policy, Management and Behavior, School of Public Health, University at Albany, United States of America
Jennifer Manganello is on the faculty of the University at Albany School of Public Health. She is a health communication scholar who incorporates theories, concepts, and methods from the fields of public health and communication. Her research focuses on health literacy, especially as it relates to adolescents and young adults. She also studies the influences of media and technology on health. She has published her work in journals such as the Journal of Health Communication, Public Health Management and Practice, Journal of Children and Media, and Public Health Nutrition. Before starting at UAlbany, Dr. Manganello was a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Annenberg Public Policy Center, University of Pennsylvania. She earned her Ph.D. from the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
University of Sydney, Australia
Topic: Neglected Hypertension: How does the Environment Positively and/or Negatively Affect your Hypertension?
Professor of Medicine, Academic Director Westmead Applied Research Centre, University of Sydney
Professor Clara Chow is Academic Director of the Westmead Applied Research Centre (WARC), Faculty of Medicine and Health, University of Sydney. She is a cardiologist and the Program Director of Community Based Cardiac Services at Westmead hospital and is also a member of the Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD) Governing Board, Sydney, Australia. Professor Chow has also been appointed the Director of the Australian Stroke and Heart Accelerator (ASHRA). She currently holds honorary appointments as the Charles Perkins Centre Westmead Academic Co-director and President of the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand. Professor Chow’s research focuses on the prevention of cardiovascular disease, innovation in the delivery of cardiovascular care and the evaluation of digital health interventions. She has expertise in the design, delivery and implementation of clinical trials. Her PhD from the University of Sydney, Australia was in cardiovascular epidemiology and international public Health and her Postdoc from McMaster University, Canada in clinical trials and cardiac imaging. She is supported by a NHMRC Investigator grant.
University of Derby, United Kingdom
Topic: Improving Wellbeing through Urban Nature and Biodiversity
Psychology, College of Health, Psychology and Social Care, University of Derby, United Kingdom
Prof. Sheffield is the Associate Head of Centre for Psychological Research. He is a Registered Health Psychologist and has trained students to be Health Psychologists (stage 1 and stage 2 training). He supervises PhD and Doctorate students, leads Psychology of Illness and Research Project in Health Psychology modules on the MSc Health Psychology programme, and teaches on BSc Psychology. His research interests are: Pain and Pain Management in Patients, Athletes, and Healthy Adults; Cardiovascular Responses to Stress in healthy adults and patients with heart disease; Performing under Pressure: Challenge and Threat responses in athletes; Nature Connectedness: correlates and interventions to increase how people relate to nature; and Maths Anxiety.
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Topic: Al and Games for a Better Life of an Aging Population
Associate Chair – Academic, Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information, Nanyang Technological University Singapore
Jung, Younbo (Ph.D., University of Southern California) is an Associate Professor and Associate Chair (Academic) at the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information, Nanyang Technological University Singapore. His research interests include socio-psychological effects of interactive media such as video games, virtual reality systems, and human-robot interaction, and their applications in medical and educational fields. Dr. Jung’s current project addresses various issues emerged from the ageing and modern society, known as Gerontechnology, Heath Tech, or Age Tech.
University of Washington, United States
Topic: Risks of and Responses to Climate Change: What's Next?
Professor, Center for Health and the Global Environment (CHanGE)
University of Washington
Kristie L. Ebi, Ph.D., MPH is a professor in the Center for Health and the Global Environment at the University of Washington, USA. She has been conducting research and practice on the health risks of climate variability and change for 25 years, including estimating current and future health risks of climate change; designing adaptation policies and measures to reduce risks in multi-stressor environments; and estimating the health co-benefits of mitigation policies. She has been an author on multiple national and international climate change assessments, including the fourth U.S. National Climate Assessment and the IPCC 6th Assessment Report.
Norfolk County Council & University of East Anglia, United Kingdom
Topic: Environmental Influences on Population Health - Measuring the impact of poverty on human health in natural rural environments
Expert Advisor in Public Health, Norfolk County Council
Honorary Professorial Fellow of Norwich Medical School, University of East Anglia
Prof. Andy Jones works as an Expert Advisor in Public Health at Norfolk County Council and a Honorary Professorial Fellow of Norwich Medical School at University of East Anglia. He has wide ranging expertise in public health, including the pragmatic evaluation of public health interventions, the role of the environment as a determinant of health and related behaviours, and the impact of access to services on health outcomes. He has keen interests in policy and delivery and has worked closely with a range of key organisations including the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and Cancer Research UK. He heads a prolific research group, has won £25 million of research funding as lead or co-applicant, and has published over 270 peer-reviewed journal articles. He has an impact (h) index score of 61, which is classified as “exceptional” and places me in the top percentile of academics worldwide.
National Taiwan Normal University, Taiwan
Topic: How Best to Re-connect Nature and Humans to Save the Planet?
Distinguished Professor and Director, Graduate Institute of Environmental Education, National Taiwan Normal University
Prof. Fang is currently serving as a Distinguished Professor and Director of the Graduate Institute of Environmental Education, National Taiwan Normal University and is the Presidents of the Society of Wetland Scientists Asia Chapter and Taiwan Wetland Society. He received a BA degree in Land Economics and Administration from National Taipei University, received his first master's degree in Environmental Planning (MEP) from Arizona State University, second master's degree in Landscape Architecture in Design studies (MDes.S.) from the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University, USA. He obtained a Ph.D. from the Department of Ecosystem Science & Management, Texas A&M University, USA.
Fulda University of Applied Sciences, Leuphana University Lueneburg, Germany
Topic: Healthy Schools, Healthy Students: Advances and Challenges in Health Education and School Health Promotion
Professor, Fulda University of Applied Sciences, Leuphana University Lueneburg
Prof. Kevin Dadaczynski is full professor at the Public Health Centre Fulda of Fulda University of Applied Science. His research focus is on health promotion and education with special interest on educational settings, digital health and health literacy. He is involved as principal investigator and coordinator in national and international projects on school health promotion (e.g. evaluation of complex and holistic interventions on health promoting schools, Health Behaviour in School Aged-Children Study, HBSC) and health literacy (e.g. COVID-HL Survey, digital health literacy of pupils). He formerly held positions at the German Federal Center for Health Education, Leuphana Univeristy Lueneburg and Flensburg University.
University of New South Wales, Australia
Topic: Urban Greenspace and Health
Associate Professor in Urban Health and Environment,
School of Population Health,
University of New South Wales,
Xiaoqi Feng is the Associate Professor in Urban Health and Environment in the UNSW School of Population Health, Australia. Xiao leads a program of research focused on enhancing population wellbeing through identifying modifiable environmental factors (e.g. green space) that shape health across the lifecourse. She has authored >160 publications, led major research projects (funding >$19.4M, including NHMRC), and translated her research into policy.
Xiao has won multiple research awards and her research has informed councils urban greening strategies (e.g. City of Sydney) She’s empowering young and diverse communities of scientists as the founding co-director of PowerLab (www.PowerLab.site). Internationally, Xiao is an elected council member and education committee chair for the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology Asia-Western Pacific Chapter.
University of Toronto, Canada
Topic: COVID-19 effect on mental health and implications for care
Professor of Psychiatry and Pharmacology, University of Toronto
Head of the Mood Disorders Psychopharmacology Unit, University Health Network
Dr. Roger McIntyre is currently a Professor of Psychiatry and Pharmacology at the University of Toronto and Head of the Mood Disorders Psychopharmacology Unit at the University Health Network, Toronto, Canada.
Dr. McIntyre is also Executive Director of the Brain and Cognition Discovery Foundation in Toronto, Canada. Dr. McIntyre is also Director as well as Co-Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) from Chicago, Illinois, USA. Dr. McIntyre is also Professor and Nanshan Scholar at Guangzhou Medical University, and Adjunct Professor College of Medicine at Korea University. Dr. McIntyre is also Clinical Professor State University of New York (SUNY) Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, New York, USA and Clinical Professor Department of Psychiatry and Neurosciences University of California School of Medicine, Riverside, California, USA. Dr. McIntyre is the founder of the Canadian Rapid Treatment Centre of Excellence (CRTCE) and the CEO of Braxia Scientific Corp.
Yale University, United States
Topic: New Directions in Promoting Health and Wellbeing
Pain, Research, Informatics, Medical Comorbidities and Education Center, Veterans Affairs Connecticut Healthcare System, West Haven, CT, United States
Center for Medical Informatics, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT, United States
My career focuses on using continuous glucose monitors (CGM) and other wearable sensors to develop personally tailored physical activity interventions for people with diabetes, including digital coaching, gamification, and peer support. I work with the US Veterans Health Administration Innovations Ecosystem as the national Clinical Champion and a Quality Improvement Evaluator for a Digital Health Platform to integrate data from CGMs and fitness smartwatches into the VHA medical record while furthermore generating data-driven diabetes-specific lifestyle coaching. I am a member of the Sports Tech Research Network’s Special Interest Group on Quality Assessment of Sports Technologies.
Taipei Medical University, Taiwan
Topic: Lifestyle Medicine During and Beyond the COVID-19 Pandemic
Assistant Professor, Taipei Medical University, TW; Vice-President, Asian Health Literacy Association, UK; Chair, Nutrition Health Literacy Interest Group, International Health Literacy Association, USA.
Dr. Duong has run a number of research projects in Asian countries, and published 43 original research articles on 25 ISI journals. He has been serving as an Associate Editor of Specialty Section – Eating Behavior on Frontiers in Nutrition and Frontiers in Psychology, a Guest Editor of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, a reviewer of 32 international journals. Dr. Duong has received 14 honorable academic awards from national and international organizations from Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Switzerland, Taiwan, United States, and Vietnam.
Columbia University, United States
Topic: ‘I want to move my body – right now!’ New ideas about motivation for physical activity
Exercise physiologist, Yale - New Haven Hospital;
Adjunct Associate Professor, Teachers College, Columbia University
Matthew Stults-Kolehmainen, PhD FACSM ACSM EP-C is an exercise physiologist (clinical role) at Yale - New Haven Hospital (New Haven, Connecticut) and Adjunct Associate Professor in Applied Physiology at Teachers College – Columbia University (New York, New York). His Ph.D. is from The University of Texas-Austin with post-doctoral and fellowship training at Yale Medical School, Teachers College - Columbia University and the University of Jyväskylä (Finland). He has authored 38 scholarly articles and book chapters. His research focuses on exercise, motivation and stress, and his clinical specialty is in bariatric surgery and the role of exercise in weight management.
National University of Singapore, Singapore
Topic: The impact of COVID-19 pandemic on mental health in China: from the beginning to now
Associate Professor, National University of Singapore
Senior Consultant Psychiatris
Institute for Health Innovation and Technology, National University of Singapore
Dr Roger Ho is an Associate Professor and Senior Consultant Psychiatrist at the National University of Singapore. He is the Principal Investigator of the Institute for Health Innovation and Technology at NUS.
His research focuses on global mental health and infrared light brain imaging. He obtained his medical degree (MBBS) and higher research degree (MD) from the University of Hong Kong. He is a Fellow and Member of more than ten Royal Colleges of Psychiatrists and Physicians worldwide.
He has published more than 450 papers. In 2021, he had been named one of the highly cited researchers in the world by the Clarivate Analytics.
East Carolina University, United States
Topic: COVID and the Cardiac Patient Experience
Professor, East Carolina University
Department of Psychology
Department of Cardiovascular Sciences
East Carolina Heart Institute
Samuel F. Sears, Ph.D., is a Professor in the Departments of Psychology and Cardiovascular Sciences at East Carolina University. Dr. Sears has published over 200 articles in the research literature and has well over 10, 000 citations. Dr. Sears continues to practice and teach health psychology in cardiology clinics at the East Carolina Heart Institute at East Carolina University. Dr. Sears received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. (1995) in clinical health psychology from the University of Florida.
University of the Philippines Manila, Philippine
Topic: Health Insights during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Professor, University of the Philippines Manila
Vice chairman of the South East Asian One Health University Network
Dr. Michael L. Tee is a Professor and University Scientist at the University of the Philippines Manila. He is currently the chairman of the Philippine One Health University Network and Vice Chairman of the Southeast Asia One Health University Network. He is a specialist in internal medicine and rheumatology. His research interests originally focused on autoimmune diseases such as lupus, gout, and rheumatoid arthritis. However, as COVID19 developed into a pandemic, Dr. Tee initiated several studies that aimed to guide policy directions in government response. He is a fellow of the OCTA Research Group, a well-recognized independent science advice provider for COVID-19 in the Philippines.
Dr. Sam LAU
Dr. Rebecca PANG
Dr. Cecilia TAM
Dr. Banny CHAN
Ms. Vivian CHAN
Mr. Alex HO
Dr. Sam S S LAU
Dr. Cecilia S Y TAM
Dr Rebecca C K PANG
Ms. Vivian M S CHAN
Dr. Banny S K CHAN
Mr. Alex K C HO