Séminaire scientifique organisé par l'Institut de recherche en santé publique de l'Université de Montréal – IRSPUM
When an environmental epidemiology study is published, there is now a direct pathway of interpretive information from the scientific literature to the general public. The large and ever-growing number of epidemiology publications and the attention garnered by these publications make it essential that the scientific community, the media, health care professionals and others understand the strengths and weaknesses of the literature as well as nuances in interpretation of the study results. One underexplored aspect of strengths and limitations in this body of literature is whether the exposure information is of sufficient quality for various levels of decision-making (“i.e., fit-for-purpose). Another issue relates to the quality of reviews on these bodies of epidemiology literature and the extent of analysis used to support conclusions. These and related issues will be described, and a published instrument for assessing exposure data quality will be discussed.
Judy S. LaKind, Ph.D. is President of LaKind Associates and Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, U. Maryland School of Medicine. She is a health and environmental scientist with expertise in exposure science, risk assessment, biomonitoring and state-of-the-science reviews. Dr. LaKind is also President of the International Society of Exposure Science. Dr. LaKind has spoken and published extensively on exposure- and risk-related issues. Dr. LaKind received her Ph.D. from The Johns Hopkins University (JHU) in Geography and Environmental Engineering, her M.S. from U. Wisconsin-Madison in Geology and her B.A. from JHU in Earth and Planetary Sciences.
Département de santé environnementale et santé au travail,
Institut de recherche en santé publique de l'Université de Montréal (IRSPUM)