May 31 – June 1, 2024

Shimadzu Tokyo Innovation Plaza

3-25-40 Tonomachi, Kawasaki Ward, Kawasaki, Kanagawa 2100821, Japan

About Workshop

  • Featured Speakers

    Rick Woychik, Ph.D. (NIEHS Director) – Keynote

    Aubrey Miller, M.D., M.P.H. (NIEHS) – DR2

  • Report From Asian Countries






  • Case Studies

    Disasters and older populations

    Pediatric disaster science

    GuLF Study

    Chemical spills


    Data collection and integration

    Climate change-related extreme heat, energy demands, climate change adaptation

    Public health readiness

  • Draft Agenda

    Day 1:Friday, 31 May 2024


    WELCOME9:15 AM – 9:20 AM

    Shoji Nakayama, MD, PhD
    Deputy Director, National Institute for Environmental Studies

    Aubrey Miller, MD, MPH
    Deputy Director, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

    OPENING REMARKS9:20 AM – 9:40 AM

    “NIH Efforts to Address Climate Change and Further Global Disaster Research Response”
    Richard Woychik, PhD
    Director, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

    DR2 OVERVIEW9:40 AM – 10:05 AM


    “Importance of Disaster Response Research in Asian settings”
    Shoji Nakayama, MD, PhD
    Deputy Director, National Institute for Environmental Studies

    BREAK10:30 AM – 10:45 AM

    REGIONAL REPORTS10:45 AM – 12:15 PM

    “Extreme Events, Disasters, and Health Impacts in Indonesia”
    Budi Haryanto, PhD, MSPH, MSc
    Professor, Universitas Indonesia

    “Health Vulnerability to Climate-Related Disaster in Malaysia”
    Rohaida Ismail, MD
    Public Health Medicine Specialist, Ministry of Health Malaysia

    “Severe Air Pollution and Health Impact in Upper Northern Thailand: Is Open
    Biomass Burning a Major Contribution of the Disaster?”
    Tippawan Prapamontol, PhD
    Senior Researcher, Chiang Mai University

    “Scoring of Quality of Life: A Social Infrastructure Evaluation and Ranking System “
    Bui Quang Hung, PhD, MSc
    Director, FIMO Center, Vietnam National University of Engineering and Technology

    LUNCH12:15 PM – 1:30 PM

    REPORT FROM CDC1:30 PM – 2:00 PM

    “CDC’s Role in Environmental Public Health Disasters”
    Erik R. Svendsen, PhD, MS
    Director, Division of Environmental Health Science & Practice, National Center for
    Environmental Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


    “Extreme Heat, Energy Demands, and Health Adaptation”
    Masahiro Hashizume, PhD, MSc
    Professor, University of Tokyo

    “The Gulf Long-term Follow-up Study: Design and Challenges in a Study of Oil Spill Clean-up Workers”
    Larry Engel, PhD
    Professor, University of North Carolina

    “East Palestine Train Derailment Health Tracking Study: Addressing exposure and health concerns with and for residents following the disaster”
    Erin Haynes, DrPH, MS
    Professor and Chair, University of Kentucky

    BREAK3:15 PM – 3:30 PM


    “Pediatric Disaster Science: The Case for Capacity, Coordination and Science
    ACROSS the Disaster Continuum”
    Cinnamon Dixon, DO, MPH
    Medical Officer, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

    “Understanding the Challenges of Older Populations in Disaster Contexts”
    Richard Kwok, PhD, MSPH
    Program Director, National Institute on Aging

    “Integrating Environmental and Health Data to Respond to Disasters”
    Aubrey Miller, MD, MPH
    Deputy Director, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
    Ann Liu, PhD, MPH
    Scientific Program Manager, National Institute of Environmental Health
    Sciences/Kelly Government Solutions


    Day 2:Saturday, 1 June 2024


    WELCOME9:00 AM – 9:30 AM

    NIES Leadership
    National Institute for Environmental Studies


    “Coordination Among Researchers and Responders”
    Aubrey Miller, MD, MPH
    Deputy Director, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

    Richard Kwok, PhD, MSPH
    Program Director, National Institute on Aging

    LUNCH11:00 AM – 12:30 PM


    “Data Collection, Management, Analysis, and Ethics”
    Cinnamon Dixon, DO, MPH
    Medical Officer, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

    Masahiro Hashizume, PhD, MSc
    Professor, University of Tokyo

    BREAK2:00 PM – 2:15 PM


    “Future Directions”
    Shoji Nakayama, MD, PhD
    Deputy Director, National Institute for Environmental Studies

    Aubrey Miller, MD, MPH
    Deputy Director, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

    CLOSING REMARKS3:15 PM – 3:30 PM

    Shoji Nakayama, MD, PhD
    Deputy Director, National Institute for Environmental Studies

    Aubrey Miller, MD, MPH
    Deputy Director, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences


  • Cinnamon Dixon

    Cinnamon Dixon, D.O., M.P.H., is a board-certified pediatric emergency medicine physician and pediatrician, and Medical Officer at Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. In this role, Dr. Dixon leads research and training programs related to emergency medical and trauma services for children, unintentional injury control, and pediatric disaster science. Dr. Dixon also serves of the Co-Chair on for the Action Collaborative for Disaster Research under the auspices of the NASEM Forum on Medical and Public Health Preparedness for Disasters and Emergencies, and the Subcommittee on Climate, Emergencies, and Disasters within the President's Task Force for Environmental Health Risks and Safety Risks to Children. Prior to joining the federal government in 2021, Dr. Dixon was an academic physician scientist with academic and research interests focused on injury control, pediatric emergency care and global health. Dr. Dixon was the Co-Director of the University of Colorado Global Health and Pediatric Disasters Course and was the Associate Program Director of the Children’s Hospital Colorado Pediatric Residency Global Health Pathway. Dr. Dixon has served as a pediatric injury consultant to the World Health Organization (WHO) and other national organizations helping to build capacity for global child injury control. She has conducted research and provided medical care in both the United States and in low- and middle-income countries. She continues to provide clinical care to children.

  • Larry Engel

    Dr. Engel leads the programs in Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology in the University of North Carolina Department of Epidemiology. He also holds an appointment as associate scientist in the Epidemiology Branch of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. Dr. Engel's research focuses on the impact of disasters, including oil spills and hurricanes, on a range of health outcomes. He also investigates pesticides and hazardous air pollutants in relation to cancer and neurological deficits; and occupational and environmental risk factors for chronic kidney disease.

  • Budi Haryanto

    Budi Haryanto is a Professor of Environmental Health at Faculty of Public Health Universitas Indonesia (UI) and Director of Research Center for Climate Change UI. He is Board of Directors of the Pacific Basin Consortium on Environment and Health 2008-present, Advisory Group for APRU Global Health 2020-present, Committee Member for International Society for Environmental Epidemiology (ISEE) 2020-present, and Fellow at Collegium Ramazzini 2020-present. He got degrees on environmental health and epidemiology from Universitas Indonesia and UC Los Angeles respectively. His publication more than 90 papers on environmental epidemiology, climate change, air pollution, and disaster health impacts included 12 book chapters and as an editor Air Pollution’s book. He was also actively involved on scientific climate talks at UNFCCC-IPCC’s COP 15 Copenhagen 2009, COP 21 Paris 2015, COP 22 Marrakech 2016, and East West Center Honolulu 2022.

  • Masahiro Hashizume

    Masahiro Hashizume is a professor at the Graduate School of Medicine, The University of Tokyo, Japan. He is a physician and an environmental epidemiologist whose research focuses on climate change and its impact on human health, including current effects, future projections, adaptation strategies, and health co-benefits of mitigation policies. He completed his residency training in pediatrics in Tokyo, followed by earning an MSc in Environmental Health and Policy and a PhD from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). Professor Hashizume serves as a lead author for the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report and is a member of the WHO Technical Advisory Groups on Global Air Pollution and Health, as well as on Climate Change and Environment.

  • Erin Haynes

    Erin N. Haynes, DrPH, MS is the Kurt W. Deuschle Professor of Preventive Medicine and Environmental Health and Chair of the Department of Epidemiology and Environmental Health. She is director of thse UK Center for the Environment and director of the NIEHS Environmental Health Sciences Core Center at the University of Kentucky (UK CARES). She received a Master of Science in Toxicology from the University of Cincinnati and a Doctorate in Public Health in Environmental Health Science from the University of Michigan School of Public Health. She is a community-engaged environmental health scientist who has forged multidisciplinary research teams to investigate community-identified exposure issues, primarily in Appalachian underserved communities. Her research expertise is pediatric manganese exposure, but is also working to address community concerns about potential exposures related to hazardous waste incineration, landfill emissions, and chemicals associated with a train derailment.

  • Bui Quang Hung

    Dr. Hung got his Ph.D. and MSc in the field of System Innovation from Osaka University, Japan in 2005 and 2008, respectively. He worked in the IT industry from 2001 to 2012 as an IT project manager and a system architect. He then moved to Vietnam National University in 2012. Dr. Hung is interested in and conducted research on Spatial Data Infrastructure, Spatial Data Science and Technology, Smart Sustainable Cities, Digital Transformation. Currently, he is a Director of FIMO Center and a Deputy Director of the School of Aerospace Engineering, Vietnam National University of Engineering and Technology, concurrently. He is also working as an international consultant for smart sustainable cities and digital transformation.

  • Rohaida Ismail

    Dr. Rohaida is currently leading the Environmental Health Research Centre in the Institute for Medical Research, National Institutes of Health, Malaysia. She graduated from the University Kebangsaan Malaysia for Medical Doctor (M.D.) in 2000 and Master in Community Medicine (Environmental Health) in 2009. Her experiences in the occupational and environmental health as a Public Health Medicine Specialist started since 2009. In July 2019, she completed the MOH Public Health Subspecialty Training Program for Environmental Health and Climate Change. Her research interests are on health vulnerability and adaptation towards climate change, environmental degradation, and extreme events. As part of the environmental health experts in the Ministry of Health Malaysia, she is currently involved in the national plan to enhance research on children environmental health and human biomonitoring. Among her accomplishments, she led the public health sector in preparing the National Communication to UNFCC in 2022. She is an actively involved in the Malaysian Society for Environmental Epidemiology and also member of The International Society for Environmental Epidemiology Asia and Western Pacific Chapter.

  • Richard Kwok

    Dr. Richard Kwok is a Program Director for the Population Studies and Genetics Branch of the Division of Neuroscience at the National Institute on Aging. Dr. Kwok is an environmental epidemiologist with experience in multi-site epidemiologic studies of chronic disease outcomes across the life span. His interests span the environmental health sciences from exposure assessment and personal dosimetry to biomonitoring and the exposome as it applies to Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementias and its precursors across the life course. He is involved in number of trans-NIH and interagency working groups on a range of topics including: large data harmonization and common data elements efforts; climate change; disasters and wildfires; and the All of Us Research Program. Prior to joining NIA, Dr. Kwok served in a variety of roles at NIEHS including staff scientist, program director, and acting Chief-of-Staff of the institute. His work has included research into disasters and climate change, air and water pollution, including heavy metals like arsenic, oil spill chemicals, particulate matter, and non-ionizing UV radiation exposures with outcomes including cancer, cardiovascular, mental health, neurologic, reproductive and respiratory health outcomes. Dr. Kwok received his B.S.P.H. in environmental science, and his M.S.P.H. and Ph.D. in epidemiology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

  • Ann Liu

    Dr. Liu is a Scientific Program Manager contractor in the Office of Science Coordination, Planning, and Evaluation (SCOPE) at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. Her portfolio of activities includes the NIEHS Disaster Research Response program, Global Environmental Health program, and Climate and Health Outcomes Research Data Systems (CHORDS) project. Prior to joining the NIH in 2020, she was the Chief of the Center for Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology at the Maryland Department of Health working as the lead epidemiologist overseeing the CDC-funded Maryland Environmental Public Health Tracking, State Violence and Injury Prevention, and Building Resilience Against Climate Effects (BRACE) programs.

  • Aubrey Miller

    Dr. Miller is Deputy Director of the Office of Scientific Coordination Planning and Evaluation (SCOPE) within the Office of the Director for NIEHS. He leads a portfolio of programs involving global environmental health and climate change, disaster research, and environmental toxics, as well as legislative, policy, strategic planning, and coordination of environmental health issues and activities among NIH, U.S. federal agencies, academia, and other stakeholders. His experiences include numerous public health investigations and research studies involving a wide range of occupational and environmental health issues. He has contributed to the leadership and management of numerous disaster responses including the Libby, Montana, Public Health Emergency involving widespread asbestos contamination, Katrina and other major hurricanes, the World Trade Center and anthrax attacks, the Gulf Oil Spill, the H1N1 influenza, Ebola, Zika, and COVID-19 infectious outbreaks, and the East Palestine train derailment. He Co-Chairs the NIH Climate Change and Health Initiative to develop needed research, capacity building, training, and integration of climate, environment, and health data. He also directs the NIH Public Health Emergency and Disaster Research Response (DR2) Program which focuses on improving disaster research capabilities through enhancing policies, infrastructure, training, and integration of stakeholders, especially academia and impacted communities.

  • Shoji Nakayama

    Dr. Shoji Nakayama holds MD and PhD degrees. He is certified as Public Health Specialist/Supervisor by Japan Board of Public Health and Social Medicine. He is Associate Editor of Environment International as well as Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology. In 2005, Dr. Nakayama was invited by the US Environmental Protection Agency and spent 6 years conducting exposure research on contaminants of emerging concern. In 2011, Dr. Nakayama joined the National Institute for Environmental Studies in Japan. Currently he is Deputy Director of the Japan Environment and Children’s Study Programme Office as well as Adjunct Professor of the St. Luke’s International University and the University of Tsukuba. Dr. Nakayama is a lead exposure scientist for the Japan Environment and Children’s Study (JECS), which is a longitudinal birth cohort study involving 100,000 mothers and children. He is devoted to human biomonitoring research. Exposome research is his most recent activity. He collaborates with US, Canada, EU and Asian researchers to advance and promote children’s environmental health.

  • Tippawan Prapamontol

    Dr. Tippawan Prapamontol is a senior researcher in environmental health sciences and PhD student advisor in health sciences and environmental science programs, Chiang Mai University. Dr. Prapamontol involved in the international collaborative research project as the PI of bilateral funding from the Thailand Research Fund (TRF) and National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) to conduct a project of climate and air pollution integration affecting pre-aging population in Chiang Mai. Furthermore, Dr. Prapamontol served as the site-PI of USNIH/NIEHS research projects on pesticide exposure and newborn health outcomes with Emory University (NIH PI: Dr. Ryan, Grant Number: 1R21ES015465-01A2 and NIH PI: Dr. Barr, Grant Number: 1R01ES026082-01A1, from 2016-2023) that so called the SAWASDEE Birth cohort (The Study of Asian Women and their Offspring's Development and Environmental Exposures. Currently, Dr. Prapamontol leads the research projects of air pollution exposure and health impact funded by Chiang Mai University, Thai Health Promotion Foundation and National Research Council of Thailand (NRCT).

  • Erik Svendsen

    Dr. Erik Svendsen is the Founding Director of the Division of Environmental Health Science and Practice (DEHSP) in CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health. In 2018 Dr. Svendsen was selected to lead DEHSP after the two former programmatic divisions were strategically realigned. Dr. Svendsen has since built strong and diverse DEHSP leadership and developed the inaugural division strategic plan. He has initiated secondary strategic planning to update and align the division with new Agency and Administration priorities and opportunities. DEHSP holds the CDC Climate and Health Program, Tracking Program, and environmental justice is woven into all that we do. These have been recently elevated within our strategic planning. Environmental health hazards include both non-infectious (e.g. lead, radon) and infectious disease threats (e.g. viruses in air, food or drinking water; like norovirus on a cruise ship). Therefore, DEHSP collaborates across CDC on many infectious and chronic diseases while supporting environmental public health professionals across the USA through our funding mechanisms. DEHSP is helping lead the current CDC-wide environmental justice and climate change and health strategic initiatives.

  • Rick Woychik

    Dr. Rick Woychik was named Director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and the National Toxicology Program on June 7, 2020, after serving as Deputy Director since 2011. He is a molecular geneticist with a Ph.D. in molecular biology from Case Western Reserve University and postdoctoral training with Dr. Philip Leder at Harvard Medical School. He spent almost 10 years at Oak Ridge National Laboratory rising in the ranks to become head of the Mammalian Genetics Section and then director of the Office of Functional Genomics. In August 1997, he assumed the role of vice chairman for research and professor in the Department of Pediatrics at Case Western Reserve University. In 1998, he moved to the San Francisco Bay area, first as the head of the Parke-Davis Laboratory for Molecular Genetics and then as chief scientific officer at Lynx Therapeutics. He returned to academics as the president and CEO of The Jackson Laboratory in August 2002 and served in that role until January 2011.



  • Shimadzu Tokyo Innovation Plaza


    12 min. walk from "Kojimashinden" station of Keikyu-daishi line.

    10 min. taxi/bus from "Tenkubashi" station of Keikyu line/Tokyo monorail.

    20 min. taxi from JR Kawasaki station

    15 min. taxi from HANEDA airport

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Early Bird (Ends April 30, 2024)

Faculty, Researcher, General22,000 JPY / 150 USD
Student, Trainee7,200 JPY / 50 USD
Researcher from LMICs7,200 JPY/ 50 USD
Student, Trainee from LMICsfree

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Faculty, Researcher, General25,000 JPY / 170 USD
Student, Trainee7,200 JPY / 50 USD
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Organizing Committee

  • Aubrey Miller, M.D., M.P.H.

    National Institute of
    Environmental Health
    Sciences (NIEHS)

  • Shoji Nakayama, M.D., Ph.D.

    National Institute for
    Environmental Studies,
    Japan (NIES)

  • Ann Liu, Ph.D., M.P.H.

    National Institute of
    Environmental Health
    Sciences (NIEHS)

  • Mai Takagi, Ph.D.

    National Institute for
    Environmental Studies,
    Japan (NIES)