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NIH Welcomes New Class of Climate and Health Scholars

Dr. Geer
Dr. Laura Geer

NIH has selected seven established scientists with expertise in climate and health to work on the NIH Climate Change and Health Initiative. 

This class of climate and health scholars will become part of the cross-cutting NIH effort to reduce health threats from climate change across the lifespan and build health resilience in individuals, communities and nations around the world, especially among those at highest risk.

The diverse group of scientists went through a competitive selection process and will work with NIH staff until September 2024. Each scholar is currently employed at a major university or with a research-based organization but will be hosted by an NIH institute or center.

They will work with staff across NIH to share knowledge and help build capacity for conducting climate-related and health research. This is the second set of scholars.

Meet the 2024 Scholars

Dr. Laura Geer
Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, SUNY Downstate School of Public Health
Host: All of Us Research Program, NIH Office of the Director

Dr. Arnab Ghosh
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University
Host: National Institute on Aging

Dr. Stefania Papatheodorou
Lecturer in Epidemiology, Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health
Host: National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

Dr. Julie Postma
Professor, Department of Nursing and Systems Science and Associate Dean for Research, Washington State University College of Nursing
Host: National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities

Dr. Samendra Sherchan
Associate Professor and Director of the Center for Climate Change and Health, Morgan State University
Host: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

Dr. Ricardo Wray
Professor of Health Communication, Department of Behavioral Science and Health Equity, St. Louis University College for Public Health and Social Justice
Host: National Cancer Institute

Dr. Caradee Wright
Chief Specialist Scientist, Environment and Health Research Unit, South African Medical Research Council
Host: Fogarty International Center

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