Seminar Program 2018

Seminar Program 2018

Enquiries: A/Prof Anita Wluka +61 3 9903 0994.

Monash Ageing Research Centre (MONARC) Seminar listings can be viewed here.


The Royal Commission into Aged Care we wanted but did not need: the roles of investigative journalism, politics and public health

Professor Joseph E Ibrahim – Head, Health Law and Ageing Research, Department of Forensic Medicine

WEDNESDAY 28 NOVEMBER 2018, 12PM–1PM · Conference Room 1, Ground Floor, 553 St Kilda Road, Melbourne

27 years after the quality and safety study into health care, we decide the same issues may be occurring in aged care and that we should act. Why did it take so long?


TeleECG service in rural Victoria

Associate Professor Les Bolitho AM – Wangaratta Cardiology and Respiratory Centre

WEDNESDAY 14 NOVEMBER 2018, 12PM–1PM · Conference Room, Ground Floor, 553 St Kilda Road, Melbourne

Cardiovascular morbidity and mortality are unacceptably high in rural communities. Patients presenting to rural and remote Urgent Care Centres (UCCs) with chest pains or acute coronary syndromes (ACS) produce diagnostic conundrums and management dilemmas. Many of these UCCs are staffed by qualified nursing staff, with back up on call medical staff available but often located in another town. Crucial to the management of these patients is obtaining an early diagnostic ECG.

The introduction of a TeleECG service to the Hume Region of north east Victoria is based on the provision of a modern Philips digital ECG machine in each participating UCC. ECGs when performed are emailed to the on-call doctor and can be transmitted directly to both the Regional Health Service Centres, to be viewed electronically in the Emergency Department, and to the Consultant on-call. These ECGs will be stored on the central server, and available to qualified personnel.

This TeleECG service enables senior medical staff in regional centres to provide specific patient relevant advice and support to medical and nursing staff attending patients in isolated areas.


Parental occupational exposures preconception and after birth and development of asthma in their children

Kathrine Pape Madsen – Aarhus University, Denmark

WEDNESDAY 7 NOVEMBER 2018, 12PM–1PM · Ground Floor Conference Room, 553 St Kilda Road, Melbourne

The aim of the study is to examine the relation between parental occupational exposures (microorganisms, pesticides, allergens, and reactive chemicals) and offspring asthma phenotypes with respect to timing of exposure, duration and sex of the parents.


UK National Comparative Audit of Blood Transfusion

Dr Lise Estcourt – University of Oxford

MONDAY 29 OCTOBER 2018, 11:30AM · Conference Room 1, Ground Floor, 553 St Kilda Road, Melbourne

Dr Estcourt is a consultant haematologist with NHS Blood and Transplant and a Senior Clinical Lecturer in Transfusion Medicine at the University of Oxford. She is Director of NHSBT Clinical Trials Unit, and Clinical Lead for the National Comparative Audit in Blood Transfusion, as well as the co-ordinating editor of Cochrane Haematological Malignancies.


The Healthy Brain Project: Online assessment of Alzheimer’s risk in middle-aged adults

Dr Yen Ying Lim – Head of The Healthy Brain Project, The Florey Institute

WEDNESDAY 10 OCTOBER 2018, 12PM–1PM · Conference Room, Ground Floor, 553 St Kilda Road, Melbourne

Dr Yen Ying Lim is Head of the Cognitive Aging Laboratory at The Florey Institute, and lead investigator of The Healthy Brain Project, a large online study of middle-aged Australians with a family history of dementia. Her primary research interests are in integrating and translating the effects of genetic, biological, and lifestyle factors on cognitive decline and clinical disease progression in Alzheimer’s disease. To this end, she collaborates extensively with large Alzheimer’s research groups including AIBL, ADNI, Dominantly Inherited Alzheimer’s Network, Harvard Aging Brain Study, and the Wisconsin Registry for Alzheimer’s Prevention. She is also actively involved in the development and validation of computerised cognitive tests in the early detection of Alzheimer’s-related cognitive abnormalities.


Vitamin D status among Indonesian children

Dian Caturini Sulistyoningrum – Lecturer, Department of Nutrition and Health, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

WEDNESDAY 19 SEPTEMBER 2018, 12PM–1PM · Conference Room, Ground Floor, 553 St Kilda Road, Melbourne

Dian will present her work related to vitamin D status among populations that are vulnerable to vitamin D deficiencies including infants and obese adolescents.


Mental health panel discussion

Arshdeep Cheema, Mio Ihashi and Lyn Clearihan

WEDNESDAY 12 SEPTEMBER 2018, 12PM–1PM · Conference Room 2, Ground Floor, 553 St Kilda Road, Melbourne

R U OK? Day is a national day of action dedicated to reminding everyone that any day is the day to ask, “Are you ok?” and support those that might be struggling. The day is about inspiring people to start these conversations every day of the year. In 2018, R U OK? Day is Thursday 13th September.

To coincide with R U OK? Day, the Medical Education Research and Quality Unit (MERQ) will be dedicating their September seminar to a mental health panel discussion. A panel of presenters will discuss mental health from their various perspectives and provide information and tips to help people feel supported and connected.

Arshdeep Cheema – Arshdeep is a current Bachelor of Biomedical Science Honours student at SPHPM and has been a speaker with a foundation known as Shout Out for the past year. Arshdeep is particularly passionate about mental health and other less commonly discussed issues that surround migrant communities.

Mio Ihashi – Mio is a registered psychologist with more than 10 years of experience. She has worked at Monash University Counselling Service since 2006 and enjoys working with students and staff from diverse background.

Lyn Clearihan – Lyn is the Associate Dean Professionalism (student liaison) and a general practitioner. Students' mental health is central to her current role, especially in relation to exploring its relationship to difficult student behaviour or lapses in professionalism.

Part of the MERQ Seminar Series

Note: Monash authcate required


Economic shifts in agricultural production and trade from climate change

Dr David Newth – Team Leader, CSIRO’s Climate Science Centre

THURSDAY 23 AUGUST 2018, 2PM–3PM · Conference Room 1, Ground Floor, 553 St Kilda Road, Melbourne

In addition to expanding agricultural land area and intensifying crop yields, increasing the global trade of agricultural products is one mechanism that humanity has adopted to meet the nutritional demands of a growing population. However, climate change will affect the distribution of agricultural production and, therefore, food supply and global markets. Here we quantify the structural changes in the global agricultural trade network under the two contrasting greenhouse gas emissions scenarios by coupling seven Global Gridded Crop Models and five Earth System Models to a global dynamic economic model. Our results suggest that global trade patterns of agricultural commodities may be significantly different from today’s reality with or without carbon mitigation. More specifically, the agricultural trade network becomes more centralised under the high CO2 emissions scenario, with a few regions dominating the markets. Under the carbon mitigation scenario, the trade network is more distributed and more regions are involved as either importers or exporters. Theoretically, the more distributed the structure of a network, the less vulnerable the system is to climatic or institutional shocks. Mitigating CO2 emissions has the co-benefit of creating a more stable agricultural trade system that may be better able to reduce food.

Dr David Newth is the Team Leader of Australian and Global Carbon Assessments, in CSIRO’s Climate Science Centre. Dr Newth’s research interest in integrated assessment focuses on the socio-economic impacts of climate change, the transition to a low carbon economy, environmental effects on human health and the analysis of environmental policy. Dr Newth leads research projects supported by the World Meteorological Organisation and the Green Climate Fund, on the benefits of climate services; UNDP and the UNEP, on climate change and resource efficiency; and the National Environmental Science Program for Earth Systems Science.


Blood pressure management among older rural Australians of the Latrobe valley

Dr Julianna Betts

* NOTE: This seminar is open to SPHPM staff and students only *

WEDNESDAY 22 AUGUST 2018, 12PM–1PM · Conference Room 1, Ground Floor, 553 St Kilda Road, Melbourne

Dr Juliana Betts (BSc MBBS MPH) is an advanced trainee in Public Health Medicine, a medical specialty of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP). She is part of the Victorian Public Health Medical Training Scheme at Monash University, whereby she undertakes 6-monthly rotations throughout various departments within the SPHPM and the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). Her first rotation has been with the Hazelwood Health Study where she has undertaken analyses on clinical data collected within the cardiovascular stream of the study.


Optimising care and outcomes for people with type 2 diabetes: Lessons from a translational research program on treatment intensification in general practice

Associate Professor John Furler – University of Melbourne

WEDNESDAY 8 AUGUST 2018, 12PM–1PM · Conference Room 1, Ground Floor, 553 St Kilda Road, Melbourne

A/Professor Furler will provide an overview of a series of studies that led to the development of a nurse-led model of care for treatment intensification in people with type 2 diabetes (T2D) in general practice. The effectiveness of the model of care was tested in a cluster RCT. Other trials and developmental work have led on from the study. The seminar will discuss lessons learned from the experience of conducting pragmatic trials of complex health services interventions in this setting.


Psychosocial conditions after occupational injury

Professor Leon Guo – Director, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (Taiwan)

THURSDAY 26 JULY 2018, 2PM–3PM · Conference Room 2, Ground Floor, 553 St Kilda Road, Melbourne

Professor Leon Guo MD (National Taiwan University), MPH (Harvard University), PhD (Environmental Health, Johns Hopkins University) is an occupational and environmental physician who is Director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Science, National Health Research Institutes (Taiwan), and Distinguished Professor, National Taiwan University (NTU). He was president of the Asian Congress of Occupational Health (2000–2002). He became a fellow of the Collegium Ramazzini in 2004. His main research involves promoting the prevention and monitoring of occupational diseases and studies of environmental causes of chronic diseases.


Health-related work loss in Australia: Social policy failure, public health emergency, or both?

Professor Alex Collie – Director, Insurance Work and Health Research Group, Monash University

WEDNESDAY 25 JULY 2018, 12PM–1PM · Conference Room 3, Ground Floor, 553 St Kilda Road, Melbourne

Professor Collie will report on findings of a recent project for the Commonwealth government which mapped Australian support systems for people with health related work incapacity, including prevalence and expenditure estimates, analysis of service provision, and identification of policy, practice and research opportunities.


How community engagement can enhance healthcare

Mel Hagedorn – Engagement Manager, Bang the Table

WEDNESDAY 11 JULY 2018, 12PM–1PM · Conference Room 2, Ground Floor, 553 St Kilda Road, Melbourne · FLYER

There is growing recognition about the importance of partnerships between health services and health professionals with patients, families, carers and consumers. So how do we can we achieve this? This seminar showcases how online engagement can be an effective tool to engage with health service communities.

Mel Hagedorn has an extensive background in marketing, public engagement and philanthropy working at the Children’s Hospital Foundation, across all levels of Government and large multinational corporations. A registered B-Corp organisation, Bang the Table’s mission is to improve the quality of public debate and level of community involvement in public life. Through technology and strategic industry insight their aim is to continuously innovate and add value to the public participation industry.

Part of the MERQ Seminar Series

(PDF, 2.87MB) – Note: Monash authcate required


Climate changes: adaptation and mitigation from the perspectives of the human fabric

Professor Paulo Saldiva – Professor of Pathology, University of São Paulo, Brazil

TUESDAY 10 JULY 2018, 10AM–11AM · Conference Room 1, Ground Floor, 553 St Kilda Road, Melbourne

Adaptation to environmental changes played a pivotal role in human evolution. Genetic and epigenetic mechanisms were involved when human habitat experienced modifications, or, conversely, migratory processes to other areas were needed. Changes in the receptor of melanocortin, the different shapes of human body, the amount of brown adipose tissue, and the development of neural control mechanisms designed to stabilise body temperature, occurred along the evolutionary process. In this seminar, Professor Saldiva will discuss how the aforementioned changes occurred, and the future challenges in the perspective of global climate changes and ageing of the human population.

Professor Saldiva is Professor of Pathology at the Faculty of Medicine, University of São Paulo, Brazil, Director of the Institute of Advanced Studies of the University of São Paulo, and a member of the National Academy of Sciences and National Academy of Medicine in Brazil, the Scientific Advisory Committee of the World Meteorological Organization, the panel of specialists of the IARC/WHO for topics related to air pollution and cancer. His research interests include Pulmonary Pathology, Autopsy Pathology (including minimally invasive autopsies), Verbal Autopsy, Environmental Pathology. He has authored 656 papers and supervised 56 PhD students.


Pulmonary diseases of Firefighters working at the World Trade Center, after the terrorist attack on 9/11

Professor Gabriel Izbicki, Director of the Pulmonary Institute, Shaare Zedek Medical Center
(Affiliated to the Hebrew-University, Jerusalem)

WEDNESDAY 4 JULY 2018, 12PM–1PM · Conference Room 1, Ground Floor, 553 St Kilda Road, Melbourne

On September 11, 2001, the terrorist attack and collapse of the World Trade Center (WTC) in New York City released massive amounts of airborne respirable particulate matter and combustion byproducts.

We will present some of the respiratory diseases that firefighters and rescue workers developed following the WTC disaster, and the important public health consequences for disease prevention, early detection and treatment following environmental/occupational exposures.


Digital Health at Monash University... What might it look like and who is involved?

Professor Chris Bain, Professor of Digital Health, Faculty of IT, Monash University

WEDNESDAY 13 JUNE 2018, 12PM–1PM · Conference Room 2, Ground Floor, 553 St Kilda Road, Melbourne

Professor Bain is an experienced clinician (former) and health IMT practitioner with a unique set of qualifications, and a unique exposure to broad aspects of the healthcare system in Australia. He has extensive experience in designing, leading and running operational IMT functions in healthcare organisations. His chief interests are in the usability of technology in healthcare, data and analytics, software and system evaluation, technology ecosystems and the governance of IT and data.

In this talk he will outline the evolving picture of Digital Health at Monash University, and will provide an overview of the contributors that are coming together to form this picture.


The excitement of translational research: watching many paradigms shift!

Laureate Professor Ingrid Scheffer AO FAA FAHMS

WEDNESDAY 6 JUNE 2018, 12PM–1PM · Conference Room 2, Ground Floor, 553 St Kilda Road, Melbourne

Professor Ingrid Scheffer is a Laureate Professor in Paediatric Neurology, University of Melbourne and Senior Principal Research Fellow at the Florey Institute of Neuroscience. Ingrid is a paediatric neurologist and epileptologist and her collaborative research group was the first to discover a gene for epilepsy and subsequently, many of the genes known to be implicated. She was awarded the L’Oréal-UNESCO Women in Science Laureate for the Asia-Pacific region in 2012 and the Australian Prime Minister’s Prize for Science in 2014.


Population health and society – public health undergraduate teaching in the context of the medical course as a whole

Professor Michelle Leech, Professor Robin Bell, Professor Dragan Ilic, Associate Professor Basia Diug

WEDNESDAY 30 MAY 2018, 12PM–1PM · Conference Room 2, Ground Floor, 553 St Kilda Road, Melbourne

Professor Michelle Leech MBBS, PhD
Deputy Dean, MBBS
Research Fellow, Monash Centre for Inflammatory Diseases, Southern Clinical School
Consultant physician and deputy director of Rheumatology, Monash Health

Professor Robin Bell MBBS (Hons), PhD, MPH, FAFPHM, Cert Health Econ, Grad Cert Health Prof Education
Deputy Director, Women’s Health Research Program, School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine
Theme II Lead, MBBS

Professor Dragan Ilic BSc, GDipRepSci, MRepSci, PhD, GCHPE
Head, Medical Education Research and Quality Unit (MERQ)
Director, Teaching and Learning, School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine

Associate Professor Basia Diug PhD, BBioMedSci (Hons), GCAP
Head, Undergraduate Courses
Head (Quality and Innovation), Medical Education Research and Quality Unit (MERQ)


Conducting international interdisciplinary research: practical insights from an interventional water study in Southern India

Professor Thomas Boving – University of Rhode Island (USA)
Dr Fraddry D'Souza & Ms Kavita Patil – The Energy and Resources Institute (India)
Professor Karin Leder (Chair) & Dr Sarah McGuinness – Monash University

THURSDAY 3 MAY 2018, 2PM–3PM · Conference Room 2, Ground Floor, 553 St Kilda Road, Melbourne

International interdisciplinary research is both challenging and rewarding. In this seminar, we will discuss the benefits and challenges of collaborative interdisciplinary research using insights from a mixed methods field-based research project delivering a drinking water intervention to rural villages in Southern India.

Professor Thomas Boving – Professor of Environmental Hydrology, Department of Geosciences and Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Rhode Island (USA)
Dr Fraddry D'Souza – Fellow and Area Convenor, The Energy and Resources Institute, Western Regional Centre, Goa (India)
Ms Kavita Patil – Research Associate, The Energy and Resources Institute, Western Regional Centre, Goa (India)
Dr Sarah McGuinness – PhD Candidate, Monash University

This session will be chaired by Professor Karin Leder – Head, Infectious Diseases Epidemiology Unit, School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University.


The causal effect of education on chronic health conditions: evidence from educational reform in the UK

Professor Michael Shields, ARC Future Fellow, Deputy Director of the Centre for Health Economics at Monash University

WEDNESDAY 11 APRIL 2018, 12PM–1PM · Conference Room 2, Ground Floor, 553 St Kilda Road, Melbourne

Studies using education policy reforms to isolate causal effects of education on health produce mixed evidence. We analyse an unusually large sample and study chronic health conditions. For identification, we use two major education reforms, one that raised the minimum school leaving age and one that affected the broader educational attainment distribution.

Professor Shields' research focuses on applying econometric methods to longitudinal data to answer important policy questions relating to health and wellbeing.


The polluted brain – how air pollution affects our brains

Dr Tamara Schikowski, IUF–Leibniz Research Institute for Environmental Medicine (Germany)

WEDNESDAY 21 MARCH 2018, 12PM–1PM · Conference Room 2, Ground Floor, 553 St Kilda Road, Melbourne

Ambient outdoor air pollution is ubiquitous and is recognised as a major global public health problem, both in developed and developing countries

Epidemiological studies have linked air pollution exposure mostly to respiratory and cardiovascular diseases. However, there is growing evidence that exposure to air pollution adversely affects neurocognitive function. Fine and ultrafine particulate matter pose a special interest for the brain effects given the capability of very small particles to reach the brain. There is little known about the underlying mechanisms and pathways and two potential pathways have been hypothesized: either over the lung via the blood-brain barrier or via the bulbus olfactorius. This presentation will give an overview of the evidence on air pollution-induced cognitive decline in the elderly. Further, using data from the longitudinal SALIA study (Study on the effect of air pollution on lung function, inflammation and aging), potential pathways will be discussed.

Tamara Schikowski is the head of the research group on 'Environmental epidemiology of lung, brain and skin aging' at the IUF in Duesseldorf. She obtained her PhD in Public Health at the Medical Faculty of the Heinrich-Heine University in Duessedorf, Germany in 2008 and her Master of Public Health and Epidemiology at the Monash University in Melbourne in 2004. Subsequently, she worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Research in Environmental Epidemiology (CREAL) in Barcelona and the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute in Basel.

Her main research is directed at the understanding how long-term exposure to air pollution and other environmental influences can cause diseases in populations, in particular in the elderly. In this context, she has authored over 60 peer-reviewed publications, reviews and book chapters. She is on the editorial board of the International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health as well as of the review board of Environmental Perspectives.


Research into Practice – How Alfred Health reduced sugary drink consumption AND caused a media stir!

Kia Noble – Dietician and Acting Population Health Coordinator, Alfred Health

WEDNESDAY 14 MARCH 2018, 2PM–3PM · Conference Room 2, Ground Floor, 553 St Kilda Road, Melbourne · FLYER

Are you currently working on interesting projects and looking for ideas to translate this knowledge into practice and policy? Alfred Health introduced a number of initiatives to reduce consumption of sugar sweetened drinks at The Alfred through a series of behavioural insights trials.

Come along to hear more about this exciting work and how research outcomes were shared with colleagues and the general public using savvy communication.

Part of the MERQ Seminar Series

Note: Monash authcate required


Genetic test results and insurance in Australia

Jane Tiller and Paul Lacaze – Public Health Genomics Program, School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University

WEDNESDAY 28 FEBRUARY 2018, 12PM–1PM · Conference Room 2, Ground Floor, 553 St Kilda Road, Melbourne

Jane Tiller LLB (Hons), BSc, MGenCouns
Ethical, Legal and Social Adviser – Public Health Genomics Program

Dr Paul Lacaze PhD
Head – Public Health Genomics Program

In Australia, life insurance companies can use genetic test results to make underwriting decisions. This has implications for clinical practice and research and many countries internationally have banned or restricted insurers’ access to genetic information. Jane will present a summary of the issues, her Masters research and the policy efforts underway to change the law in Australia.


Emergency Care in the National Health Service (NHS): Challenging Times in the United Kingdom

Professor Gavin Perkins – National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Senior Investigator and Professor of Critical Care Medicine, University of Warwick

MONDAY 26 FEBRUARY 2018, 5PM–6PM · Conference Room 2, Ground Floor, 553 St Kilda Road, Melbourne

Professor Perkins leads the emergency and critical care group within the University of Warwick Clinical Trials Unit. He is a Chief Investigator on the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Pre-hospital Emergency Care Australia and New Zealand (PEC-ANZ) led by Professor Peter Cameron.

Professor Perkins will give an update on the state of emergency care in the United Kingdom and the challenges that lie ahead.


Meta-confounders of cardiometabolic biomarker research

Professor Robin Haring – Professor, Faculty of Applied Public Health, European University of Applied Sciences, Germany

WEDNESDAY 21 FEBRUARY 2018, 12PM–1PM · Conference Room 1, Ground Floor, 553 St Kilda Road, Melbourne

Dr Haring is also an Adjunct Professor with the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, currently working with the Women's Health Research Program. His research focuses on population health and cardiovascular epidemiology. He has been involved in a number of cohort studies including the Framingham Heart Study, SHIP and the CHARGE consortium.

This seminar explores meta-research on the potential impact of various study design characteristics on treatment effects for well-established cardio-metabolic biomarkers.


The use of technology to support patients with heart disease

Professor Scott Lear – Pfizer/Heart & Stroke Foundation Chair in Cardiovascular Prevention Research, Simon Fraser University, British Columbia, Canada

THURSDAY 15 FEBRUARY 2018, 12PM–1PM · Conference Room 2, Ground Floor, 553 St Kilda Road, Melbourne

While technology has entered many facets of our lives, the uptake within health care has been slow. This despite the great potential for technology to connect with patients and support them in their care. With the dramatic increase in chronic disease, health care systems are taxed to provide care to help ongoing management. Our research program has focused on identifying low-cost and accessible technology to support models of care for patients with cardiovascular and other chronic diseases. Patients have told us there is willingness to use technology and our randomized trials have resulted in benefits for some but not for all patients. In addition, we have identified a number of system barriers to change that present challenges to implementation, for which we have worked to develop solutions.


6SQuID: A framework for developing complex public health interventions

Dr Ruth Jepson and Dr John McAteer – Scottish Collaboration for Public Health Research and Policy, University of Edinburgh

WEDNESDAY 31 JANUARY 2018, 12PM–1PM · Conference Room 3, Ground Floor, 553 St Kilda Road, Melbourne

Dr Ruth Jepson is a Reader in Public Health Evaluation at the University of Edinburgh. She has recently focussed on the co-production of interventions/ad or evaluations in public health.

Dr John McAteer is a Senior Research Fellow in the Scottish Collaboration for Public Health Research and Policy (SCPHRP) at the University of Edinburgh. His work primarily focuses upon intervention development and evaluation.

The speakers developed 6SQuID (Six Steps in Quality Intervention Development), a pragmatic six-step guide to the essential stages of intervention development to assist public health practitioners and researchers. They will touch upon its applicability and utility for public health practitioners in both government and third sector, in addition to sharing their insights into public health intervention development after 10 years operation within Scotland.


Prenatal and postnatal exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals and children's neuro-cognitive and behavioral development

Associate Professor Youn-Hee Lim, Seoul National University, College of Medicine

WEDNESDAY 24 JANUARY 2018, 12PM–1PM · Conference Room 1, 553 St Kilda Road, Melbourne

This seminar features study results from the Environment and Development of Children (EDC) cohort. The EDC cohort recruited pregnant women in 2008–2010 and aimed to follow up their children for 10 years. The cohort is particularly interested in children's neuro-cognitive and behavioral development associated with endocrine disrupting chemicals. The seminar will cover two published articles studying children's social impairment and cognitive function associated with prenatal and postnatal exposure to Bisphenol A and Phthalates. At the end of the seminar, A/Prof Lim will also introduce an ongoing large birth cohort in Korea, and an upcoming international conference.

Youn-Hee Lim is Research Associate Professor at the Institute of Environmental Medicine, Seoul National University of Medical Research Center and Executive Director, Environmental Health Center, Seoul National University College of Medicine. She received a Master degree in Applied Mathematics from University of Colorado at Boulder, USA, and PhD degree in Biostatistics/Epidemiology from Seoul National University, Korea. Her research focuses on developing statistical methods and tools for environmental health studies. She is currently working on statistical development for prediction of health effects of endocrine disrupting chemicals, air pollution, and temperature using machine learning algorithms and other novel methods. She is an executive director of Environmental Health Center and has a key role to supervise follow-ups of two birth cohorts: EDC and KoCHENS, and promote health effects to public.