Eastern

Workshops

The workshops in preparation including:

Air pollution and the health effects - Basic but significant scientific issues

Speakers:

  • Joel Schwartz (Harvard University, USA)
  • Kai-Jen Chuang (Taipei Medical University)

Contents:

  • How do air pollution and climate change affect human health?
  • Whether short-term/long- term air pollution exposure and extreme temperature affect human health?
  • What type of study design is the best for air pollution study? …and more
  • Discussion on the methodological challenges, research needs and future directions

The Application of Micro-sensors and Exposure Modeling in Personal/Population Exposure Assessment and Epidemiology

Speakers:

  • Shih-Chun Candice Lung (Academia Sinica, Taiwan)
  • Wen-Cheng Wang (Academia Sinica, Taiwan)
  • Zhi Ning (Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, China)

Brief Intro:

Low-cost, easy-to-use, and reliable sensor devices for air pollutants are developed rapidly in recent years. In this training workshop, the application of this type of sensors in the exposure assessment, environmental epidemiology, and indoor air quality will be introduced. How to use PM2.5 sensor devices in combination with exposure modeling in the field of exposure and epidemiology will be presented. In addition to lectures, participants will also have the opportunity to learn how to assemble and operate the low-cost sensors developed in Taiwan and Hong Kong. Moreover, the exposure modeling platform which can be used for personal/population exposure assessment and accessed/applied by international scientists will be demonstrated. This exposure model consider ambient air pollutant levels, local emission characteristics as well as time-activity patterns of the subjects. The combination of micro-sensor devices and exposure modeling is an exciting frontier of exposure science and environmental epidemiology research.

Contents:

  • Advantages and limitations of micro-sensors
  • Application of micro-sensors in exposure assessment, environmental epidemiology, and indoor air quality research
  • Concept and case studies of exposure modeling
  • Combination of micro-sensor and exposure modeling
  • Hands-on practices of low-cost micro-sensors
  • Demonstration of exposure modeling platform

Graduate Workshop in Graphing Causality: Digging the Directed Acyclic Graphs (DAGs)

Speakers:

  • Chin-Chi Kuo (China Medical University, Taiwan)
  • Hsiu-Yin Chiang (China Medical University, Taiwan)
  • Tsung Yu (National Cheng-Kung University, Taiwan)

Brief Intro:

Like sailors, who need the visibility to navigate their ship on the right course, researchers need guiding maps to indicate where the biases are in the causal pathway and safely past obstacles threatening the validity of casual inferences. To meet the need for this guiding map, directed acyclic graphs (DAGs) provide a handy tool to help researchers identify and visualize potential variables with significant causal influences.

Contents:

  • Understand DAGs should be an integral part of epidemiological research
  • Understand terminology and operational definitions of DAGs
  • Be able to draw and use DAGs as a framework for evaluating exposure-outcome relationship
  • Be able to use DAGs to visualize residual confounding and potential over-adjustment
  • Understand limitations of DAGs