Keynotes

Suril S. Mehta (Dr. P.H., M.P.H.)

Lecture: The influence of occupational epidemiology on improving public health policies and standards: An approach and call for expanding impact analysis in occupational health

Suril Mehta is an epidemiologist in the Integrative Health Assessments Branch of the Division of Translational Toxicology at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences in the United States. Mehta conducts cancer hazard evaluations for the Report on Carcinogens, providing expertise in environmental and occupational epidemiology, exposure science, regulatory policy, and systematic review methodology. Mehta’s portfolio includes the evaluation of the carcinogenicity of subclasses of organohalogen flame retardants for potential listing on the Report on Carcinogens. In 2023, Mehta served as Senior Advisor for Chemical Safety at the White House Council on Environmental Quality.

Reiner Rugulies (Ph.D., M.Sc., M.P.H.)

Lecture: Psychosocial work environment and risk of mental disorders

Reiner Rugulies is a Professor of Psychosocial Work Environment and Health at the National Research Centre for the Working Environment, Copenhagen, Denmark. He is also Adjunct Professor of Psychosocial Medicine, Section of Epidemiology, Department of Public Health, Copenhagen University, Denmark, and Editor-in-Chief of the Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment and Health. His main research interests are the psychological and social determinants of health and illness, in particular with regard to mental disorders, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and work disability. He is further interested in designing, implementing and evaluating occupational health interventions and in examining how working conditions contribute to health inequalities.

Susan Peters (Ph.D., M.Sc.)

Lecture: Exposure assessment methods

Dr. Susan Peters works as epidemiologist and exposure scientist at the Institute for Risk Assessment Sciences (Utrecht University, the Netherlands), where she is leading the Occupational Health group. Her major research interests are exposure assessment science and chronic disease epidemiology. The focus of her research activities are external causes of chronic diseases, such as cancer and neurodegenerative disorders. With her expertise on exposure assessment methods in occupational epidemiology she aims to contribute to improve global working conditions and health.