Environmental Exposures and Human Health Challenges

Environmental Exposures and Human Health Challenges

Paraskevi Papadopoulou (Deree – The American College of Greece, Greece), Christina Marouli (Deree – The American College of Greece, Greece) and Anastasia Misseyanni (Deree – The American College of Greece, Greece)
Release Date: March, 2019|Copyright: © 2019 |Pages: 449
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-7635-8
ISBN13: 9781522576358|ISBN10: 1522576355|EISBN13: 9781522576365
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Description & Coverage
Description:

Environmental health is an area with significant developments and noteworthy challenges that expand into various disciplines: medicine and public health, sociology and communications, technology, policymaking, and legislation. Due to the massive amount of health-related issues, additional literature involving environmental health is required to improve the wellbeing of citizens worldwide.

Environmental Exposures and Human Health Challenges provides interdisciplinary insights into concepts and theories related to environmental exposures and human health impacts via the air, water, soil, heavy metal exposure, and other chemical toxins. The book also addresses inequalities and environmental injustices in relation to environmental exposures and health impacts. Covering topics such as health policies, pollution effects, and heavy metal exposure, this publication is designed for public health professionals, preventive medicine specialists, clinicians, data scientists, environmentalists, academicians, practitioners, researchers, and students.

Coverage:

The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • Citizen Empowerment
  • Environmental Justice
  • Ethics
  • Food Safety
  • Food Systems
  • GMOs
  • Health Literacy
  • Health Policies
  • Heavy Metal Exposure
  • Occupational Epidemiology
  • Pesticide Health Concerns
  • Pollution Effects
  • Social Inequalities
  • Sustainability
Reviews & Statements

This book examines, in a cross-cutting way, how various environmental exposures affect individuals, workers, professions, and populations from different regions of the world. It offers suggestions and recommendations so as to help increase awareness on issues of sustainability and to help improve human health and healthcare. Grounded on scientific evidence and up-to-date socio-political discourses on environmental health issues, this book aspires to contribute to the improvement of health, wellbeing, and healthcare of citizens worldwide.

– Prof. Paraskevi Papadopoulou, Deree – The American College of Greece, Greece
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Paraskevi Papadopoulou is Professor of Biology at Deree -The American College of Greece. She holds Biology degrees from the University of California, Los Angeles and from the University of Athens and a PhD in Biophysics and Cell Biology from the University of Athens. She has served as Head of the department of Science, Technology and Mathematics at Deree -The American University of Greece for 6 years. Her research interests are focused in the fields of Structural Biology/Molecular Biophysics and Bioinformatics, on structural and self-assembly studies of fibrous proteins. She has also contributed to the development of genetic testing protocols for genetic diseases such as Tuberous Sclerosis and of Neurofibromatosis type 1. Her current research engagement is on environmental health issues, sexually transmitted diseases, Mediterranean biodiversity and green roofs, and innovative ways of teaching and learning in STEM disciplines plus on big data analytics in bioinformatics and medicine. In addition, she teaches introductory and advanced courses in biology such as molecular biology, human genetics and cell and molecular neurobiology and environmental studies courses such as natural sciences research methods for the environmental studies program.

Christina Marouli studied biochemistry, urban and environmental policy (M.A.) and sociology (M.A and PhD) in the USA – with a specialisation on the environment, health and social inequalities. Her present research interests include education for sustainability, sustainable, healthy, smart cities, environmental behaviors and social change. She is teaching the Environmental Studies Program of Deree – American College of Greece (ACG) and she is the founder and ex-Director of the Center of Excellence for Sustainability at ACG. She is also a recipient of a Fulbright award in the context of which she did research on multicultural environmental education programmes in the USA in collaboration with a Turkish professor. She has extensive consulting experience on environmental and occupational health issues. She has also worked in NGOs on women’s and children’s issues as Director or expert and she was a co-founder of the Emergency Research Center.

Anastasia Misseyanni is Associate Professor of Environmental Studies at Deree – The American College of Greece (ACG). She holds a Chemistry degree from the University of Athens and graduate degrees in Biochemistry from the University of Paris 7 (DEA) and the University of Marburg (PhD). She has a long career in teaching during which she has developed and taught a significant number of undergraduate natural science and environmental studies courses with emphasis on chemistry, biological chemistry, environmental science, ecology, water resources and methodology for environmental studies. She has conducted research in the fields of protein-DNA interactions and hormone-regulated gene expression. She has also been active in the scholarship of teaching. Her present research interests include Mediterranean biodiversity and green roofs, environmental health issues, sustainability initiatives in higher education, innovative teaching and learning strategies in STEM disciplines, active and experiential learning. She coordinated the development of the Deree Environmental Studies program and has served as its program coordinator since 2010. Since fall 2014, she has served as the Head of the Department of Science and Mathematics at Deree-ACG. She has contributed to efforts and initiatives to promote sustainability at ACG.

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