Division Overview

The Division of International Health serves as a resource to facilitate the interaction between researchers at the Department of Preventive Medicine and leaders in science and medicine around from the world. The goals of the Division are:

  • To develop, implement, and sustain research in fields related to environmental health, health disparities, occupational medicine and preventive medicine with top scientists and educators at world-renown medical institutions;
  • To train the next generation of scientists in the US and abroad;
  • To identify and collaborate with excellent emerging scientists and leaders at top academic and government institutions in other countries;
  • To establish meaningful and sustainable collaborations in research and training with international leaders in science and medicine;
  • To enable research and training projects between countries.

Dr. Luz Claudio is the Chief of the Division of International Health. She has led the Division since 2004. Her vision is that the work of the Division will be based on finding the strengths of the international partners in an atmosphere of bidirectional communication, cooperation and equity that result in sustainable, long-term, mutually-beneficial international collaborations.

Major achievements of the Division include:

  • Trained 52 leaders in environmental and occupational medicine in Mexico, Brazil and Chile and have supported their research and teaching efforts over 18 years;
  • Trained over 70 health care professionals and researchers in sub-specialization in pediatric environmental health;
  • 98 minority students from the US completed research internships with international mentors at 11 institutions in 7 different countries;
  • Establishment of an occupational residency program in Mexico modeled after ours at Mount Sinai School of Medicine (described in Sanchez-Roman et al 2006)
  • Establishment of a center for addressing pesticide policies in Rio de Janeiro (described in Peres et al, 2006; Peres and Claudio, 2012)
  • Launch of an online course in pediatric environmental health in English and Spanish;
  • Postdoctoral fellows from Mexico, Brazil and Spain have completed training through the Division;
  • Numerous peer-reviewed research publications and conference presentations;
  • Memoranda of Understanding and/or long-term formal collaborations with major international research and institutions, including:
    • Oswaldo Cruz Foundation – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
    • Federal University of Rio de Janeiro – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
    • University of Chile School of Public Health – Santiago, Chile
    • Trinity College School of Medicine – Dublin, Ireland
    • Institute of Public Health – Cuernavaca, Mexico
    • Mexican Institute of Social Security – Mexico City, Mexico
    • School of Public Health, University of Puerto Rico – San Juan, Puerto Rico
    • University of Cape Town School of Public Health – Cape Town, South Africa
    • Institut Hospital del Mar d’Investigacions Mèdiques – Barcelona, Spain
    • Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit – Murcia, Spain

Published scholarly works from the Division of International Health include:

Ortega Garcia JA, Ferris I Tortajada J, Claudio L, Berbel Tornero O: Pediatric environmental health units in Europe: from theory to action (Spanish). Ann Pediatr (Barc) 63: 143-151, 2005

Ferris I Tortajada J, Berbel Tornero O, Ortega Garcia JA, Claudio L, Garcia Castell J, Marti Perales V, Miranda Casas I. Risk factors for malignant bone tumors in pediatrics (Spanish). Annals Pediatr 63: 537-547, 2005

Peres F, Moreira JC, Rodrigues KM, Claudio L: Risk perception and communication regarding pesticide use in rural work: A case study in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health 12: 400-407, 2006

Sanchez-Roman FR, Juarez-Perez CA, Aguilar-Madrid G, Haro-Garcia L, Borja-Aburto VH, Claudio L. Occupational Health in Mexico. International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health 12: 346-354, 2006

Azeredo A, Torres JPM, Fonseca, MF, Britto, JL, Bastos WR, Silva CA, Cavalcanti G, Meire RO, Sarcinelli PN, Claudio L, Markowitz S, Malm O. DDT and its metabolites in breast milk from the Madeira River basin in the Amazon, Brazil. Chemosphere 73, 5246-5251, 2008

Torres JPM, Lailson-Brito J, Saldanha GC, Dorneles P, Silva CEA, Malm O, Guimaraes JR, Azeredo A, Bastos WR, da Silva VMF, Martin AR, Claudio L, Markowitz S. Persistent toxic substances in the Brazilian Amazon: Contamination of Man and the Environment. J Braz Chem Soc. 21: 1175-1179, 2010

Ortega-Garcia JA, Ferris-Tortajada J, Claudio L, Soldin OP, Sanchez-Sauco MF, Fuster-Soler JL, Martinez-Lage JF. Case-control study of periconceptional folic acid intake and nervous system tumors in children. Childs Nerv Syst 26: 1727-1733, 2010

Bartolomei-Diaz JA, Amill-Rosario A, Claudio L, Hernandez W. Asthma mortality in Puerto Rico: 1980-2007. J Asthma 48: 202-209, 2011

Garced S, Torres-Sanchez L, Cebrian ME, Claudio L, Lopez-Carrillo, L. Prenatal dichlorodiphenyldichloroethylene (DDE) exposure and child growth during the first year of life. Environ Res 113: 58-62, 2012

Correia-Deur JE, Claudio L, Imazawa AT, Eluf-Neto J. Variations in peak expiratory flow measurements associated to air pollution and allergic sensitization in children in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Am J Ind Med 55: 1087-1098, 2012

Peres F, Claudio L. Fifteen years of occupational and environmental health experiences in Brazil, Chile and Mexico: A report from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine ITREOH Program. Am J Industrial Med 56: 29-37, 2013

Peres F, Rodrigues KM, da Silva Peixoto Belo MS, Moreira JC, Claudio L. Design of risk communication strategies based on risk perception among farmers exposed to pesticides in Rio de Janeiro State, Brazil. Am J Industrial Med 56: 77-89, 2013