GuLF STUDY: Developing a 33,000 person cohort study in the wake of a disaster
Epidemiologic research of disasters is essential for helping to understanding the health risks and responding to the health consequences of a given disaster. While each disaster pose unique research challenges, identification of study participants, clearance of research protocols, development of data collections tools, and accurate and representative exposure assessment constitute the core tasks. The Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill in April 2010, released ~5 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, and raised numerous health concerns. As such, NIH and NIEHS intramural and extramural funded investigators, in partnership with workers and numerous community groups, engaged in an array of research efforts regarding the human health impacts of the oil spill including large-scale exposure assessment, toxicology research into mixtures of polycyclic aromatic compounds, seafood analyses, mental health and resiliency research, education and training, and improvements in disaster science preparedness. This session will focus on the GuLF STUDY, a longitudinal cohort of ~33,000 clean-up workers, to illustrate the challenges of timely disaster research and the strategies employed by the NIEHS to develop one the fastest and largest prospective disaster research studies in history.
Learning Areas:Environmental health sciences
Occupational health and safety
Public health or related research
Discuss the issues and impediments to disaster research in response to the Gulf Oil spill and suggested solutions as we move forward.
Keyword(s): Disasters, Research
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Dr Miller a physician & PHS Officer for 23 years for CDC, NIOSH, EPA, FDA and now NIH, on a wide range of occupational and environmental health issues. He is currently the Senior Medical Advisor for the NIEHS Director, where he is responsible for strategic planning, coordination, and outreach on environmental health issues and policies. He spearheads the NIEHS Disaster Research Response Program and was involved in the Gulf Oil Spill, and many other disasters.
Any relevant financial relationships? No
I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.