Organising Committee

Committee Chair

  • Professor Bin Jalaludin
    Chair, ISEE17 Local Organising Committee
    Director, Epidemiology, Healthy People and Places Unit
    South Western Sydney Local Health District; and
    School of Public Health and Community Medicine
    University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

    Professor Bin Jalaludin MBBS MPH PhD MRCP(UK) FAFPHM holds a medical degree and a doctorate in air pollution epidemiology, both from the University of Sydney and is currently Director, Epidemiology, Healthy People and Places Unit, South Western Sydney Local Health District. He has a Conjoint Professorial appointment at UNSW Australia, is an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the Woolcock Institute of Medical Research, University of Sydney, and is Stream Leader, Population and Health Services Research, Ingham Institute for Applied Medical Research.


  • Michael Abramson
    Professor of Clinical Epidemiology & Deputy Head
    Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine
    School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia

    Michael is Deputy Head of the Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine and an honorary medical officer in Allergy, Immunology & Respiratory Medicine at the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne. He graduated in Medicine from Monash University in 1979 and received his PhD from the University of Newcastle in 1990 for research into occupational asthma. His current research program covers the epidemiology of asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, including genetic and environmental risk factors such as smoking, air pollution and occupation, and the role of spirometry in managing these conditions. This work has been supported by the National Health and Medical Research Council, Australian Research Council, Department of Health and Human Services, Victorian Health Promotion Foundation, Australian Lung Foundation and Asthma Victoria. He also leads the Centre for Population Health Research on Electromagnetic Energy (PRESEE).

  • Hilary Bambrick

    Hilary Bambrick is Professor and Chair of Population Health at Western Sydney University. She is an environmental epidemiologist and bioanthropologist researching health impacts and adaptation, especially in more vulnerable communities. Working in Australia, the Pacific and Africa, her research is focused on the health challenges facing communities and the ways in which to strengthen climate resilience. Professor Bambrick led the health impacts assessment for the Australian Government's Garnaut Climate Change Review (2008), the Health Synthesis Report for Towards a Resilient Sydney (2012), and the Climate Adaptation Strategy for Health for the Government of Samoa (2013). In 2011 she received a NSW Young Tall Poppy Award for outstanding achievements in scientific research and communication.

  • Associate Professor Paul J. Beggs
    Department of Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia

    Associate Professor Paul Beggs is an environmental health scientist in the Department of Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Macquarie University, in Sydney, Australia. His research interests include impacts of climate change on human health, with a particular focus on allergens and allergic diseases. It is for this research that he won the 2009 Eureka Prize for Medical Research. His recent research activities have included involvement in the Australian Pollen Allergen Partnership.

  • Joanne Elliot
    Chief Operating Officer, Woolcock Institute of Medical Research, Sydney, Australia
  • Associate Professor Andrea Hinwood
    Head of School, School of Natural Sciences Edith Cowan University, Perth, Western Australia

    Associate Professor Andrea Hinwood is the Head of School, School of Natural Sciences at Edith Cowan University (ECU). She is a member of Centre for Ecosystem Management at ECU and an associate investigator at the NHMRC Centre for Air quality and health Research and evaluation (CAR). She has a Masters in Applied Science from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and a PhD in Environmental Epidemiology from Monash University. In previous positions, she managed the Air Quality Management Branch of the then Department of Environment and was a member and Deputy Chair of the WA Environmental Protection Authority.

  • Professor Guy Marks
    Woolcock Institute of Medical Research University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia

    Guy Marks is a respiratory epidemiologist and physician based in Sydney, Australia. He is principal investigator in the NHMRC-funded Centre for Research Excellence on Air Quality and Health, Research and Evaluation (CAR) and is also Chair of the NSW Chief Health Officer's Expert Advisory Panel on Air Pollution. He has conducted research on chronic airways disease (including asthma) and on the adverse health effects of indoor and outdoor air pollution.

  • Geoff Morgan

    Associate Professor Geoff Morgan from the University Centre for Rural Health – North Coast, University of Sydney, has more than 20 years experience in environmental epidemiological research, as well as environmental health policy and education. The results of his research have been translated into environmental health and health services policy and his current work includes epidemiological studies into: the health effects of air pollution from various sources including bushfires and wood heaters; the effects of drinking water quality on health; the health effects of heatwaves; the relationship between neighbourhood walkability and health; modelling service delivery for rural and remote health services in Australia.

  • Marissa Parry

    Marissa Parry is a PhD Candidate at the Climate Change Research Centre and Australian Research Council’s Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. Her primary research interests include the effects of temperature and air pollution on human health, climate change and human health, environmental and climate justice, and climate change law and policy, particularly, climate change and health policy.

    Marissa currently sits on the Steering Committee of the ISEE Student and New Research Network (SNRN).

  • Rachel Tham

    Rachel Tham is a PhD candidate in the Allergy and Lung Health Unit in the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health at the University of Melbourne. She is researching the contributions of outdoor fungal spores, air pollutants and grass pollen to asthma hospitalisations. Rachel’s research track record in environmental epidemiology, oral health, and health services research includes 20 peer reviewed publications and book chapter. This research builds on her clinical expertise in dentistry and postgraduate qualifications in public health. Rachel is also a clinical teacher to La Trobe University dental students and teaches Environmental Medicine and Evidence Based Clinical Practice to Monash University medical students.

  • Dr Leigh Wilson

    Dr Leigh Wilson is an Associate Professor in the School of Science and Health at Western Sydney University. With a PhD in the area of behavioural science through the School of Medicine at Sydney University and Doctorate in Public Health, Leigh has a strong background in public health and health system research. Her primary research interests are in: behavioural health practices (particularly in rural areas) evidence based healthcare, environmental aspects of climate change, aged care, public health, health policy, research methods and community health. She has recently published papers on the effects of heat-waves in both rural and elderly populations, environmental and behavioural aspects of public health and community based healthcare.

  • Dr Ying Zhang

    Dr Ying Zhang is a senior lecturer of international public health at the University of Sydney, Australia. She is an epidemiologist with a multi-disciplinary background. Dr Zhang’s research interests include climate change and population health, polypharmacy among older people, and sustainability in global health. She has over ten years experience in research on climate and health, including some pioneering work on examining the health impact of climate change and extreme heat in Australia and China. Dr Zhang’s research has been recognized internationally and now has a focus on the Asia-Pacific Region. Dr Zhang is currently an elected council member of the International Society of Environmental Epidemiology (ISEE) Asia Chapter, and the co-chair for the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU) Environmental Health Working Group.





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