The 4th International Symposium of Environmental Medicine was held in the 101 Lecture Hall of the Public Health Building on May 23-24th 2019. This symposium with 400 participants aimed to provide a platform for scholars, teachers, students, and government staffs from the field of food safety, environmental health, and occupational health to make risk communication.
(The group photo of the opening ceremony guests and all attendees)
This conference invited Dr. Marike Kolossa-Gehring (German Federal Environmental Agency, Germany), Dr. Antonia Calafat (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, United States of America), Dr. Annie St-Amand (Health Canada, Canada), Dr. Hubert Lam (University of Oxford, United Kingdom), Dr. Shoji Nakayama (National Institute for Environmental Studies, Japan), Dr. Sanghwan Song (National Institute of Environmental Research, Korea), Legislator Dr. Kun-Yu Wu, Dr. Wen-Harn Pan (Academia Sinica) , Dr. Te-Chang Lee, and Dr. Jun-Zhang Lee (National Cheng Kung University) to give speeches on the topic of the application of human biomonitoring from the perspective of risk management, policy-making and food safety.
The chair of the symposium Prof. Pau-Chung Chen mentioned that the topic of the International Symposium of Environmental Medicine was different by year, such as birth-cohort study, plasticizer, air pollutant, child-environmental health. The theme this year was Human Biomonitoring of Environmental Chemicals, inviting the scholars from the countries successfully implemented on human biomonitoring, and the researchers from Taiwan to share the results of large-scale research projects. The human biomonitoring was a kind of important method for health promotion, policy implementation, and food safety monitoring. However, Taiwan was currently in the process of initial planning, which would be a critical time for future development.
(The Vice President Chien-Jen Chen was signing for supporting human biomonitoring in Taiwan.)
The Vice President Chien-Jen Chen, Councilors of Kaoshiung City Chieh Huang, Deputy Director-General of TFDA Jin-Fu Lin, and Deputy Director-General of the Ministry of Science and Technology Department of Life Sciences Camelia C. J. Chen were invited as the opening ceremony guests. Vice president Chien-Jen Chen mentioned that food safety was the aim of the government for promoting population health, whether the objective of the symposium was learning from foreign scholars specialized in human biomonitoring. The counselor Chieh Huang also said that as a current student of the College of Public Health (CPH), she appreciated the knowledge and scientific logic gained from CPH, which nourished her capacity for thinking and action. The Dean of CPH, Prof. Chang-Chuan Chan pointed out that CPH has kept being the bridge of internal and international communication, aiming to help to raise the competitiveness of Taiwan and growing stronger in the development of human biomonitoring.
(The photo of the opening ceremony. From left to right: Deputy Director-General of TFDA Jin-Fu Lin, Deputy Director-General of the Ministry of Science and Technology Department of Life Sciences Camelia C. J. Chen, Dr. Annie St-Amand (Health Canada, Canada), Councilors of Kaoshiung City Chieh Huang, Dr. Antonia Calafat (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, United States of America), Dean of CPH Prof. Chang-Chuan Chan, Vice President Chien-Jen Chen, Chair of symposium Prof. Pau-Chung Chen, Dr. Marike Kolossa-Gehring (German Federal Environmental Agency, Germany), Dr. Sanghwan Song (National Institute of Environmental Research, Korea), Dr. Hubert Lam (University of Oxford, United Kingdom))
(The symposium was cooperated with ten departments/institutes of food safety in Taiwan and received 92 abstracts in the field of occupational medicine and food safety. The posters were exhibited in the lobby and Global Lounge of the Public Health Building.)
(After the panel discussion, the speakers and the hosts showed the supporting silk of Human Biomonitoring in Taiwan with the signatures of all attendees on it.)
Hope the symposium could provide a blueprint for future development on human biomonitoring, to achieve the goal of promoting population health and happiness.