Environmental Health Scholars Retreat

APA Presents the 15th Annual Environmental Health Scholars Retreat, October 5-7, Providence RI

The annual Environmental Health Scholars Retreat, supported by APA for 15 years, gives trainees an opportunity to present research in progress in an informal setting with faculty input on the project and presentation. Many past attendees have gone on to successful research careers. In addition, national and international leaders in environmental health give talks and keynote symposium; past speakers have included the Director of NIEHS and Administrator of EPA. Each year we hold a pre-meeting workshop on Friday afternoon designed to build academic skills. This coming meeting it will be on "Understanding the Comparative Toxicogenomics Database" led by Dr Carolyn Mattingly of North Carolina State University, the developer of this environmental health research resource. The workshop is followed by dinner and a keynote address. Trainee presentations take place Saturday and Sunday morning. A second keynote address is given with the Saturday dinner. The meeting adjourns by 11:00 AM on Sunday the 7th.

Who should apply?

We invite applications from pre- and post doctoral trainees, as well as clinical fellows. We are hoping to get an interdisciplinary mix of fellows from many different backgrounds.

About the Retreat

This is a 2.5 day event designed to promote academic development for trainees interested in Children's Environmental Health. The retreat will be held at the Brown University School of Public in Providence, RI, which is a short walk from the Amtrak Train Station and Hampton Inn hotel where accommodations are provided. Each year we have a theme and for 2018, it is "Big Data in Environmental Health." Our 2 Keynote speakers are Dr Chris Duncan from NIEHS and Dr Chirag Patel from Harvard Medical School.

The retreat is small (about 30 people in total attend, about 10 faculty and ~15 trainees with sponsored travel and 4-5 guest speakers). Each fellow presents a 10 minute work in progress talk. Each Fellow talk is assigned to a faculty attendee who reviews the talk in an informal setting and then moderates discussion among the larger group. Didactic sessions related to the meeting theme are mixed in with the trainee talks. This year Dr Allan Just and Dr Joe Braun will present on "Data Visualization Methods and Best Practices"

Saturday presentations will include an informal panel on career development that will bring together junior, mid-career and senior faculty for discussion on obtaining, starting and maintaining a faculty job in academics.

Application Process

The application consists of a 300 word abstract of their research only, along with contact information. The top abstracts based on the training levels (we aim for a mix of early and late stage fellows), quality of the proposed research, and relevance to children's environmental health will be selected. Invited trainees will have all travel expenses covered.

Please send all abstracts to andrea.king-vilaro@mssm.edu Due Date is April 5. Fellows will be notified by April 30 if awarded. Please send a brief notice of intent to apply email to Andrea by February 28. This email is nonbinding and meant for us to help organize our review.

Faculty interested in attending should contact Robert Wright, robert.wright@mssm.edu. We primarily focus on support for trainee travel but if available, funds for faculty travel will be considered.



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