16th Annual Academic Pediatric Association Environmental Health Scholars Retreat held at the School of Public Health

Academic Pediatric Association Environmental Health Scholars Retreat

On November 1, 2019, the 16th annual Academic Pediatric Association Environmental Health Scholars Retreat was held at the Brown University School of Public Health. The retreat gives pre- and postdoctoral trainees an opportunity to present children’s environmental health research in a supportive environment to leading researchers and each other. This year’s 11 trainees came from across the country and presented on a range of environmental health threats facing children, including endocrine disrupting chemicals, toxic metals, and climate change.

This year’s retreat focused on “Gender Equity in Academics” and featured a roundtable discussion on career development for women in academia. Keynote speakers included Dr. Rosalind Wright, Professor at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai and Dr. Tamarra James-Todd, Assistant Professor at Harvard Chan School of Public Health. Finally, the meeting featured a workshop where the trainees received feedback on their grants.

Dr. Joseph Braun, Associate Professor of Epidemiology at Brown University and one of the retreat’s co-organizers said, “The caliber of trainees and sophistication of the science continues to increase over time and this year’s attendees were an exceptional group. I hope that the retreat provided them with opportunities to network with leading researchers in children’s environmental health, establish new peer networks, and develop their independent research.”