General Information


2017 Program Committee

Ed Trapido, Program Chair
Terry Fontham, Meeting Host
Michael Cook
Heidi Erickson
Harold Feldman
Michele Forman
WayWay Hlaing
Russ Kirby
Lorna Thorpe
Sharon Saydah
Emily Vogtmann

Many thanks to our volunteers for their help with registration and assisting speakers in each session during the meeting.  We couldn’t do it without you!

Thanks to our Sponsor - LSUHSC School of Public Health

Registration hours and locations are:

Sunday, September 24, 2017
7:15 am – 5:00 pm
Terrace Foyer, 12th floor

Monday, September 25, 2017
7:00 am – 6:00 pm
Grande Ballroom, 12th floor

Tuesday, September 26, 2017
7:00 am – 2:00 pm
Grande Ballroom, 12th floor

All participants must register for the meeting.  Payment of registration fees entitles participants to attend the Poster Session, Host Reception and all Plenary Sessions, including Monday Luncheon Roundtables (brown bag), Tuesday Breakfast Roundtables, and Tuesday Awards Banquet Ceremony.

General 2-day registration fees do not cover attendance at preconference workshops on Sunday, September 24th

On-site registration fees may be paid by MasterCard, Visa, American Express, personal and institutional, check, or cash.  All funds must be in US currency.

Trainees and students must provide proof of full-time status in order to register at these special rates.  One-day conference registrations are not available.

Message Board

The message board will be located near the Registration Desk.  You may use the message board to communicate with other meeting participants.

Name Badges

All registrants receive a name badge that permits entrance to presentations.  Please wear your name badge while attending sessions, and remove before leaving the hotel. 

Poster Session Set-Up

The Poster Session will be held on Monday, September 25th, in Magnolia Ballroom, 3rd floor.  Poster set-up time will be 10:00 am - 12:00 Noon. Posters not displayed by 12:00 Noon will not be reviewed by judges for poster awards.  The formal poster viewing will begin at 4:15 pm and end at 6:15 pm.  During that period all poster presenters should be available to discuss their work with attendees.  Poster viewing will continue until Monday, 9:00 pm.  All poster materials must be removed no later than Monday, 9:30 PM.

Poster Prizes

Poster Prizes will be awarded in the following categories:

Best Non-Student Poster $250

2nd Place Non-Student Poster $150

Best Student Poster $100

Winners will receive certificates and cash prizes.

2017 American College of Epidemiology Awards

2017 Abraham Lilienfeld Award

The Lilienfeld Award is named in honor of the late Abraham Lilienfeld, a pioneer in epidemiology, renowned as a mentor and teacher. The 2017 Lilienfeld Award recipient is Roberta B. Ness, MD, MPH.

Roberta B. Ness, MD, MPH, Rockwell Professor of Public Health at the University of Texas, has been called one of America’s foremost experts in innovative thinking. She is author of four books Innovation Generation, a systematic method about how to maximize your creativity; as well as Creativity in the Sciences, Genius Unmasked, and The Creativity Crisis, a workbook, storybook, and critical appraisal of institutional barriers to innovation.  Dr. Ness has given over 90 talks and workshops on innovative thinking at America’s top universities, R&D intensive corporations, and science and technology professional societies including the National Academies, AAAS, and AAP/ASCI.  She offers a free on-line course: Reimagining Innovation which has been accessed by over 100,000 viewers; has given two TED talks; and was featured on the Bill Nye show, Star Talk Radio.  A recognized expert in medicine and public health, Dr. Ness is former dean of The University of Texas School of Public Health, one of the largest such Schools in the nation.   

Dr. Ness’s international acclaim is demonstrated by membership in the most esteemed professional society in the U.S., the National Academies of Science as well as other prestigious honorary societies including the American Society for Clinical Investigation, Delta Omega Honorary, and the American Epidemiologic Society.  She is former president of the top two professional societies in her field, a fellow of the American College of Physicians, and associate editor or on the editorial board of numerous scientific journals. Other honors include a 1996 Leadership Award from the Family Health Council; 2006 Laureate Award from the American College of Physicians; 2008 Distinguished Professor of Women’s Health from the Society for General Internal Medicine; 2011 Presidential appointment to the Mickey Leland Center for Environmental Research; 2013 Petersdorf Lectureship from the American Association of Medical Colleges; and 2014 Athena Swan lectureship at Oxford University. She has received two of the most prestigious lifetime achievement awards in her field: the 2013 Snow Award from the American Public Health Association, and 2017 Lillienfeld Award from the American College of Epidemiology.

Dr. Ness received her MD from Cornell University and her MPH from Columbia University. She established the leading paradigm in the field of women’s health research, termed “gender based biology” in her book, Health and Disease among Women (1999). In almost 400 publications and over three dozen federally funded grants, Dr. Ness has discovered causes and established best prevention and treatment approaches for diseases from cancer, to pregnancy complications, to cardiovascular disease. Dr. Ness has been an advisor to the National Institutes for Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, NASA, and the Department of Defense, among others.

Dr. Ness’s insights as a scientist and administrator have put her in a unique position to imagine and prove the usefulness of techniques to improve creativity both personal and organizational.
Past Lilienfeld Award Recipients 

2017 Special Award: Translation of Disaster Epidemiology into Public Health

The 2017 Recipient of the Translation of Disaster Epidemiology into Public Health Special Award is 
David Abramson, PhD MPH, Clinical Associate Professor of Public Health, New York University.

NYU Associate Professor David Abramson is the founding director of NYU’s Program on Population Impact, Recovery and Resilience (PiR2) and a faculty member of NYU’s College of Global Public Health. Previously, Abramson was the Deputy Director at Columbia University’s National Center for Disaster Preparedness at the Earth Institute. Dr. Abramson has led a number of research studies examining the long-term impacts of disasters on communities and on vulnerable populations, including work after Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy and after the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. Dr. Abramson is presently leading an NSF-funded RAPID study of the Zika virus and risk perception, as well as an NIH-funded recovery study of Katrina survivors. He is also co-chair of the National Academy of Medicine’s Standing Committee on rapid disaster science. Among his research-to-action initiatives, Dr. Abramson and Dr. Lori Peek co-direct the SHOREline youth empowerment project, a curricular project-based learning program presently operating in a number of Gulf Coast and New York City high schools.  

 In addition to the disaster recovery work related to Katrina, Sandy, and the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, Abramson has studied short-term post-tornado community recovery in Joplin, Missouri, disaster recovery planning in four mid-sized US cities, risk communication strategies, and organizational and attitudinal aspects of disaster preparedness. Prior to entering the field of public health, Dr. Abramson spent a decade as a national magazine journalist, having worked at or written for such publications as Rolling Stone, Esquire, and Outside magazines, among others.  He has a PhD in sociomedical sciences and an MPH, both from Columbia University.

2017 Outstanding Contributions to Epidemiology Award

The 2017 Recipient of the Outstanding Contributions to Epidemiology Award is Ana V. Diez Roux, MD, PhD, MPH, Drexel Dornsife School of Public Health.

Ana V. Diez Roux, MD, PhD, MPH, is Dean and Distinguished University Professor of Epidemiology at the Drexel Dornsife School of Public Health. Originally trained as a pediatrician in Buenos Aires, she completed public health training at the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health. Before Drexel, she served on the faculties of Columbia University and the University of Michigan, where she was Chair of the Department of Epidemiology and Director of the Center for Social Epidemiology and Population Health. Dr. Diez Roux is internationally known for her research on the social determinants of health and the study of how neighborhoods affect health. Her work on neighborhood health effects has been highly influential in the policy debate on population health and its determinants. Her research areas also include environmental and psychosocial health effects, cardiovascular disease epidemiology, and the use of multilevel methods and complex systems approaches in population health.  She has led large research and training programs in the United States and in collaboration with partners in Latin America. Dr. Diez Roux has served on numerous editorial boards, review panels and committees including most recently the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee of the Environmental Protection Agency (as Chair). She was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 2009. She has been an active mentor for graduate students, porstdoctoral fellows and junior faculty.
Past Recipients of the Outstanding Contributions to Epidemiology Award

American College of Epidemiology Annals of Epidemiology Awards

Overall Best Paper Published in Annals of Epidemiology in 2016

The winner of The 2017 American College of Epidemiology Annals of Epidemiology Award for the overall category is Anne Jurek, PhD, MS, for her paper titled “Quantitative Bias Analysis in an Asthma Study of Rescue-Recovery Workers and Volunteers from the 9/11 World Trade Center Attacks” which was published in the November 2016 issue of the Annals of Epidemiology. Dr. Jurek is currently an Epidemiologist at The Dow Chemical Company in Midland, Michigan.


Dr. Jurek co-authored the winning General Best Paper entitled “Quantitative Bias Analysis in an Asthma Study of Rescue-Recovery Workers and Volunteers from the 9/11 World Trade Center Attacks.” The article appeared in the November issue. Dr. Jurek is an Epidemiologist at The Dow Chemical Company in Midland, Michigan. The paper was written during her previous employment at the University of Minnesota.  
Dr. Jurek received her MS in Biomedical Sciences (Biometry/Epidemiology, 1999) from the Medical University of South Carolina and her PhD in Environmental Health Sciences (2004) from the University of Minnesota. Her doctoral training was in epidemiologic methodology with a focus on exposure misclassification and interpreting health study results. Dr. Jurek’s research interests include writing teaching papers illustrating the application of epidemiologic concepts. She believes that continued efforts to teach and apply quantitative bias analysis will provide more value to public health. 
Past Recipients of  The Annals of Epidemiology Award

Best Paper Published by a Junior Investigator in The Annals of Epidemiology in 2016

The 2017 American College of Epidemiology Annals of Epidemiology Award winner for the Junior Investigator category is Andrea Fleisch Marcus, PhD, MPH, for her paper titled “The joint contribution of neighborhood poverty and social integration to mortality risk in the United States” which was published in the April 2016 issue of the Annals of Epidemiology. Dr. Marcus is currently a Pharmacoepidemiologist at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals and an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Rutgers School of Public Health.

Andrea Fleisch Marcus, PhD, MPH wrote this paper with the support of her faculty advisors as part of her PhD dissertation.   As a PhD candidate at Rutgers University School of Public Health and as a junior faculty member at the Rutgers University’s School of Health Professions and School of Public Health, Dr. Marcus’ research focused on the intersection between social contexts and health and developing a deep understanding of how epidemiologic methods can be used to uncover the importance of social determinants of health.  Dr. Marcus’ work has examined associations between social contexts and all-cause and cause-specific mortality as well as intermediate health behaviors such as nutrition quality.  Recently, Dr. Marcus has embarked on a new role as Pharmacoepidemiologist at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals where she plans to continue to demonstrate her passion for research and commitment to advancing public health. She continues to hold an appointment as Adjunct Assistant Professor at Rutgers School of Public Health.

Dr. Marcus holds a BA in Biology from the University of Rochester, an MPH in Community Health Education from New York University, and a PhD in Epidemiology from the Rutgers University School of Public Health.