2005 Baume Travel Grant

Rupendra Shrestha presented at the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology conference in South Africa

I thank the Peter Baume Endowment for awarding me a scholarship to participate and present a paper at this conference.

I used the Baume Travel Grant in 2005 to attend the 17th Conference of the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology (ISEE) in Johannesburg, South Africa from 13 to 16th September, 2005 and gave a presentation titled “Extended effects of particulate pollution on cause specific mortality in Christchurch, New Zealand” at the conference.

The presentation was based on some of the results from my PhD research that I conducted as a student at the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health (NCEPH). I prepared the abstract for the presentation in collaboration with my supervisors Prof Tord Kjellstorm, Dr Keith Dear and Assoc Prof Geoff Morgan. The conference abstract was published in the September 2005 issue of Epidemiology[1].

The ISEE conference brings together researchers from a wide range of disciplines working in the domain of environmental epidemiology. Air pollution and its health effects was one of the major focuses of the 2005 ISEE conference. My presentation outlined a significant section of my PhD research. Certain aspects of my research were significant because the methodology I used (distributed lag modelling in health effects studies of air pollution) was relatively new at that time and that was the first time the method was applied in any Australian and New Zealand studies to quantify the relative risk of mortality due to air pollution.

The conference provided me with an excellent opportunity to present my findings and get feedback from leading international experts in this particular field, which assisted me in further refining my method and completing the final stages of my research. The conference provided a valuable networking opportunity with other researchers in this area. The presentation at the conference also provided an opportunity to demonstrate the research being conducted at NCEPH in the area of environmental health and its contribution to the scientific community.

[1] Shrestha R, Kjellstrom T, Dear K and Morgan G (2005) Extended effects of particulate pollution on cause specific mortality in Christchurch, New Zealand. Epidemiology. Sept 2005, 16(5): S42.


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