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First NIH-CIHR Symposium

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Cross-Border Symposium
On November 22, 2019, I participated in a joint symposium involving NIH and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). Held at NIH’s Lawton Chiles International House, this gathering of senior NIH and CIHR leadership marked the first symposium between these analogous governmental organizations. Topics included: cross-border training, international collaboration, global health, artificial intelligence, and implementation science. In this photo showing some of the meeting attendees, I’m standing next to CIHR president Michael Strong. The day-long symposium was co-hosted by NIH’s Fogarty International Center and CIHR. Credit: NIH

Creative Minds: Harnessing Technologies to Study Air Pollution’s Health Risks

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Perry Hystad

Perry Hystad
Credit: Hannah O’Leary, Oregon State University

After college, Perry Hystad took a trip to India and, while touring several large cities, noticed the vast clouds of exhaust from vehicles, smoke from factories, and soot from biomass-burning cook stoves. As he watched the rapid urban expansion all around him, Hystad remembers thinking: What effect does breathing such pollution day in and day out have upon these people’s health?

This question stuck with Hystad, and he soon developed a profound interest in environmental health. In 2013, Hystad completed his Ph.D. in his native Canada, studying the environmental risk factors for lung cancer [1, 2, 3]. Now, with the support of an NIH Director’s Early Independence Award, Hystad has launched his own lab at Oregon State University, Corvallis, to investigate further the health impacts of air pollution, which one recent analysis indicates may contribute to as many as several million deaths worldwide each year [4].