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The 3rd International Electronic Conference on Environmental Research and Public Health —Public Health Issues in the Context of the COVID-19 Pandemic

11/01/2021 - 25/01/2021

Infectious Disease, Mental Health, Reproductive Health, Covid, Global Health, Child Health, Occupational Health, Oral Health, Environmental Exposure
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Conference Closed

ECERPH-3 has been closed successfully with 131 accepted proceedings and 4 live sessions. We would like to take this opportunity to express our appreciations to all the participants for their contributions and all the chairs and committee members for their excellent work.

We are in the process of electing for the Best Paper Awards and the Best Presentation Award. Winners will be announced on the conference website.

The journal Proceedings will publish all conference papers free of charge, and we will inform you once we start publication process.

List of accepted submissions (131)

Id Title Authors Presentation Video Presentation Pdf
sciforum-042216 ‘Looking for flowering trees to walk past’: A qualitative study of US older adults’ therapeutic landscapes during the COVID-19 pandemic

Viveka Guzman, Gabriela Bustamante, Lindsay Kobayashi, Jessica Finlay

Submitted: 10 Dec 2020

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Viveka Guzman, Gabriela Bustamante, Lindsay Kobayashi, Jessica Finlay Video Thumbnail Poster PDF Show Abstract
sciforum-042097 A DESCRIPTIVE STUDY OF THE DIFFERENCES IN THE TYPE OF ADMISSIONS OF THE HOSPITAL STAY IN A PSYCHIATRIC HOSPITALIZATION UNIT BETWEEN 2019 AND 2020 MARTA LLORENTE-ALONSO, GUMERSINDO TIRADO, CRISTINA GARCÍA-AEL, GABRIELA TOPA N/A N/A Show Abstract
sciforum-042117

A web survey to evaluate the thermal stress among healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic in Italy

Alessandro Messeri, Michela Bonafedde, Emma Pietrafesa, Iole Pinto, Francesca de’Donato, Alfonso Crisci, Jason Kai Wei Lee, Alessandro Marinaccio, Miriam Levi, Marco Morabito N/A N/A Show Abstract
sciforum-041775 An oveview and update on sarcopenic obesity

Mauro Lombardo, Andrea Boaria, Giovanni Aulisa, Elvira Padua, Giuseppe Annino, Massimiliano Caprio, Ferdinando Iellamo, Alfonso Bellia

Submitted: 28 Nov 2020

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Mauro Lombardo, Andrea Boaria, Giovanni Aulisa, Elvira Padua, Giuseppe Annino, Massimiliano Caprio, Ferdinando Iellamo, Alfonso Bellia Video Thumbnail Poster PDF Show Abstract
sciforum-042077 Analysis of COVID-19 articles published in dental journals Parisa Soltani, Kimia Baghaei, Kioumars Tavakoli Tafti, Gianrico Spagnuolo Video Thumbnail Poster PDF Show Abstract

Event Awards

To acknowledge the support of the conference esteemed authors and recognize their outstanding scientific accomplishments, we are pleased to launch the Best Paper Awards and Best Presentation Award.

The Awards
Best Paper Awards (500 CHF)
The Best Paper Awards for two papers will be given for the submissions as elected by the conference committee. The Awards will consist of 500 Swiss Francs to each awardee. We look forward to your submission.
Best Presentation Award (500 CHF)
The Best Presentation Award for one presentation will be given for the submission as elected by the conference committee. The Award will consist of 500 Swiss Francs to awardee. We look forward to your submission.
Terms and Conditions:
Eligibility Requirements:
1. For Best Paper Awards: Submit 3-6 pages extended abstract/full paper to ECERPH-3
2. For Best Presentation Award: Submit presentation files (slide/video/poster) to ECERPH-3
3. Originality of the paper
4. Scientific merit and broad impact
5. Relevance to the conference scope
6. Interest to the readers
7. English language and style

Relevant Special Issue

Selected Papers from the 3rd International Electronic Conference on Environmental Research and Public Health—Public Health Issues in the Context of the COVID-19 Pandemic
Guest editor: Prof. Dr. Jon Øyvind Odland
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2021

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue is in cooperation with the 3rd International Electronic Conference on Environmental Research and Public Health, organized by the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (IJERPH) from 11 to 25 January 2021 on the MDPI Sciforum platform. We welcome submissions from participants of the conference.

During the conference, a large number of excellent contributions covering key areas of opportunities and challenges will be presented. More specifically, the following areas were covered:

  • infectious disease epidemiology;
  • environmental exposures and health;
  • mental health;
  • children’s health;
  • women’s health;
  • exercise and health;
  • health economics;
  • occupational safety and health;
  • public health statistics and risk assessment;
  • oral health.

Submitted manuscripts should be:
- Title and Abstract should be substantially different with that of conference paper, so that they can be differentiated in various databases.
- 50% new data should be added to make it a real and complete journal paper.
- The conference proceeding should be mentioned and discussed in the introduction section.
- Conference paper link should be provided in the cover letter.

We look forward to your excellent work.

Prof. Dr. Jon Øyvind Odland
Guest Editor

ECERPH-3 Recordings

ECERPH-3 1st live session
Date: 11th January 2021, 15:00pm CET

During the inauguration of the 3rd International Electronic Conference on Environmental Research and Public Health, dedicated to Public Health Issues in the Context of the COVID-19 Pandemic we enjoyed the talks of two main speakers:
1. Dr. Masoud Dara - Responding to Tuberculosis and HIV during the COVID-19 Pandemic
2. Prof. Dr. Jon Øyvind Odland - Reproductive Health and Pregnancy Outcome in the Context of COVID-19

The presentations were followed by a fruitful discussion and a Q&A session.
The live session was offered via Zoom and required registration to attend. The full recording can be found below.

ECERPH-3 2nd live session
Date: 14th January 2021, 15:00pm CET

During the second live session of the 3rd International Electronic Conference on Environmental Research and Public Health, we could enjoy two sessions chaired by Prof. Dr. Jimmy Efird and Prof. Dr. Nicola Magnavita, respectively. Both of them along with 3 invited speakers discussed about the epidemiology and the consequences of COVID-19 in different scenarios.

The presentations were followed by a fruitful discussion and a Q&A session. The live session was offered via Zoom and required registration to attend. The full recording can be found below.

ECERPH-3 3rd live session
Date: 18th January 2021, 10:00am CET

During the third live session of the 3rd International Electronic Conference on Environmental Research and Public Health, we discussed which was the impact of COVID-19 over mental health and pregnancy, enjoying the following presentations:
1. Prof. Dr. Richard Gray- The Mental Health Impact of COVID-19
2. Dr. Zohra Lassi- A Systematic Analysis of Pregnant Women with Confirmed COVID-19: Clinical presentation, and Pregnancy, Birth and Perinatal Outcomes Based on COVID-19 Severity
3. Roula Zougheibe - Impact of COVID-19 Outbreak on the Level of Worry and Its Association to Modified Active Mobility Behaviour among Australian Children: A Cross-Sectional National Study

The session ended with some time to discuss and answer questions from the attendees. The live session was offered via Zoom and required registration to attend. The full recording can be found below.

ECERPH-3 4th live session
Date: 20th January 2021, 3:00pm CET

During the fourth live session of the 3rd International Electronic Conference on Environmental Research and Public Health, we discussed which was the impact of COVID-19 over mental health, enjoying the following presentations:
1. Prof. Dr. Panagiotis Karanis - The Future of Infectious Diseases
2. Dr. Cristina Vassale - Acute Myocardial Infarction in the Time of COVID-19
3. Viveka Guzman - Looking for Flowering Trees to Walk Past: A Qualitative Analysis of US Older Adults' Therapeutic Landscapes during the COVID-19 Pandemic
4. Dr. Pasquale Caponnetto, Dr. Lucio Inguscio, Dr. Marilena Maglia, Sara Valeri - Smartphone Addiction through Age and Gender during Italian Lockdown for COVID-19

Chaired by Dr. Zahid Ahmad Butt, University of Waterloo, Canada

The session ended with some time to discuss and answer questions from the attendees. The live session was offered via Zoom and required registration to attend. The full recording can be found below.

Live Session Invited Speakers

Prof. Dr. Richard Gray

La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia

DETAILS

The Mental Health Impact of COVID-19

I am a Research Professor at La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia. I trained in Epidemiology and Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and did my PhD at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London. My major research interest is novel psychosocial treatments in severe mental illness. I have published just over 200 papers in peer-reviewed journals; most are quite dull and some starkly contradict each other.

schizophrenia; epidemiology; neuroscience; psychology

Talk
The Mental Health Impact of COVID-19
Bio
I am a Research Professor at La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia. I trained in Epidemiology and Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and did my PhD at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London. My major research interest is novel psychosocial treatments in severe mental illness. I have published just over 200 papers in peer-reviewed journals; most are quite dull and some starkly contradict each other.
Research Keywords
schizophrenia; epidemiology; neuroscience; psychology

Prof. Dr. Jon Øyvind Odland

Department of Community Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, The Norwegian University for Science and Technology, Norway

DETAILS

Reproductive Health and Pregnancy Outcome in the Context of COVID-19

Jon Øyvind Odland, MD, PhD, is a Professor of Global Health at NTNU, Norwegian University of Science and Technology and a specialist in GYN/OB, environmental medicine, and epidemiology. He has worked on mother/child programs in more than 20 countries, these days focusing mostly on the Arctic, southern Asia, and Africa. His studies have mostly focused on the impact of the environment and infectious disease on fetal development and pregnancy outcome. He has a scientific production of ca. 200 peer-reviewed papers and is now involved in a new study on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on healthcare workers, the healthcare system, and the general population in southern Africa.

Talk
Reproductive Health and Pregnancy Outcome in the Context of COVID-19
Bio
Jon Øyvind Odland, MD, PhD, is a Professor of Global Health at NTNU, Norwegian University of Science and Technology and a specialist in GYN/OB, environmental medicine, and epidemiology. He has worked on mother/child programs in more than 20 countries, these days focusing mostly on the Arctic, southern Asia, and Africa. His studies have mostly focused on the impact of the environment and infectious disease on fetal development and pregnancy outcome. He has a scientific production of ca. 200 peer-reviewed papers and is now involved in a new study on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on healthcare workers, the healthcare system, and the general population in southern Africa.

Prof. Dr. Jimmy Efird

Cooperative Studies Program Epidemiology Center, Health Services Research and Development (DVAHCS/Duke Affiliated Center), USA

DETAILS

Risk Reduction and Multiplicity in Epidemiology Studies

Dr. J. T. Efird completed his Doctorate in Epidemiology (Biostatistics Concentration) at Stanford University School of Medicine. He has over 30 years of experience in the field of cancer research, biostatistics, and informatics, having worked at Massachusetts General Hospital (Harvard Medical School), UCSF School of Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine, and most recently the University of Newcastle, Australia. Currently, he heads the Computational Sciences Team at the Cooperative Studies Program Epidemiology Center and also serves on the GWAS and PhenWAS working groups. His area of intest is epidemiological risk assessment and statistical modelling. He has over 250 publications in scientific journals, which have been cited over 10,000 times (i10-index=135, h-index=51).

Talk
Risk Reduction and Multiplicity in Epidemiology Studies
Bio
Dr. J. T. Efird completed his Doctorate in Epidemiology (Biostatistics Concentration) at Stanford University School of Medicine. He has over 30 years of experience in the field of cancer research, biostatistics, and informatics, having worked at Massachusetts General Hospital (Harvard Medical School), UCSF School of Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine, and most recently the University of Newcastle, Australia. Currently, he heads the Computational Sciences Team at the Cooperative Studies Program Epidemiology Center and also serves on the GWAS and PhenWAS working groups. His area of intest is epidemiological risk assessment and statistical modelling. He has over 250 publications in scientific journals, which have been cited over 10,000 times (i10-index=135, h-index=51).

Dr. Masoud Dara

Special Representative of Regional Director to Belarus, World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe UN City, Copenhagen, Denmark

DETAILS

Responding to Tuberculosis and HIV during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Dr Masoud Dara is a physician and public health specialist from Belgium. In addition to his medical and clinical studies, he has completed several postgraduate courses at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the Harvard School of Public Health. He has more than 25 years of experience in public health programmes spanning forty countries across four WHO regions, focusing mainly in eastern Europe and central Asia. Between 1998 and 2001, Dr Dara worked as a medical doctor and Programme Manager for Médecins Sans Frontières in Central Asia, and as the Head of Belgian Red Cross in Kosovo. From 2001 to 2003, he served as a WHO Medical Officer in Moscow, and from 2003 to 2010, as a Senior Consultant for the Royal Netherlands Tuberculosis Association (KNCV). Between 2010 and 2014, he led the WHO/Europe’s TB and MDR-TB programme. From 2014 to 2016, based at the WHO Office at the European Union in Brussels, Dr Dara served as the WHO Senior Advisor for communicable diseases, health emergencies, and humanitarian response. From October 2016 to October 2020, he coordinated the WHO Regional Office for Europe’s Communicable Diseases Department and led the Joint Tuberculosis, HIV, and viral hepatitis programme. Between March and October 2019, he acted as the Director of the Division of Communicable Diseases. Since 2008, Dr Dara has chaired the international scientific working group of TB control in prisons at the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Diseases, and served as Associate Editor of International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Diseases since February 2015, a member of the Editorial Board of Eurosurveillance since September 2018, and on the Editorial Board of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health since February 2019. Dr Dara has authored more than 50 publications in peer-reviewed journals and numerous WHO guidelines. He speaks Persian, English, French, Dutch, and Russian. Dr Dara has initiated and led the establishment of several partnership fora, organized various high-level Ministerial Policy Dialogue me

emerging infectious diseases; infection prevention and control; climate change and vector-borne diseases; HIV; viral hepatitis; sexually transmitted diseases; tuberculosis

Talk
Responding to Tuberculosis and HIV during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Bio
Dr Masoud Dara is a physician and public health specialist from Belgium. In addition to his medical and clinical studies, he has completed several postgraduate courses at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the Harvard School of Public Health. He has more than 25 years of experience in public health programmes spanning forty countries across four WHO regions, focusing mainly in eastern Europe and central Asia. Between 1998 and 2001, Dr Dara worked as a medical doctor and Programme Manager for Médecins Sans Frontières in Central Asia, and as the Head of Belgian Red Cross in Kosovo. From 2001 to 2003, he served as a WHO Medical Officer in Moscow, and from 2003 to 2010, as a Senior Consultant for the Royal Netherlands Tuberculosis Association (KNCV). Between 2010 and 2014, he led the WHO/Europe’s TB and MDR-TB programme. From 2014 to 2016, based at the WHO Office at the European Union in Brussels, Dr Dara served as the WHO Senior Advisor for communicable diseases, health emergencies, and humanitarian response. From October 2016 to October 2020, he coordinated the WHO Regional Office for Europe’s Communicable Diseases Department and led the Joint Tuberculosis, HIV, and viral hepatitis programme. Between March and October 2019, he acted as the Director of the Division of Communicable Diseases. Since 2008, Dr Dara has chaired the international scientific working group of TB control in prisons at the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Diseases, and served as Associate Editor of International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Diseases since February 2015, a member of the Editorial Board of Eurosurveillance since September 2018, and on the Editorial Board of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health since February 2019. Dr Dara has authored more than 50 publications in peer-reviewed journals and numerous WHO guidelines. He speaks Persian, English, French, Dutch, and Russian. Dr Dara has initiated and led the establishment of several partnership fora, organized various high-level Ministerial Policy Dialogue me
Research Keywords
emerging infectious diseases; infection prevention and control; climate change and vector-borne diseases; HIV; viral hepatitis; sexually transmitted diseases; tuberculosis

Prof. Dr. Panagiotis Karanis

Department of Basic and Clinical Sciences, Centre of Anatomy, University of Nicosia Medical School, Cyprus,
Medical Faculty and University Hospital, The University of Cologne, Germany

DETAILS

The Future of Infectious Diseases

Born in Chryso/Evritania/Greece. Professor Karanis is a resourceful and dedicated professor with an outstanding academic background, excellent publication record, and significant teaching experiences in the fields of human anatomy and infectious tropical diseases. Enjoys worldwide collaborating in a productive and successful team and thrives in challenging environments. He completed his university studies and education in German Universities with a complete academic career in Germany and professorships at the Medical Schools of Bonn and Cologne Faculties in Germany, at the National Research Center of the Obihiro University in Hokkaido, Japan, and at the Center for Biomedicine and Infectious Diseases at the Qinghai University in Xining, Qinghai, China. He possesses mature administrative and managerial abilities and solid experience in science policy and public health. Since September 2019, he has been a Professor of Anatomy at the University of Nicosia Medical School and is the director of the Anatomy Centre and Coordinator of the Unit of Anatomy and Morphology at the University of Nicosia Medical School. He recognized the future of infectious diseases and the importance of epidemics and consciously chose them for his main field of research at a time when the western world was celebrating the eradication of infectious diseases, thinking that humanity had gotten rid of the old and well-known diseases. He has been invited by governments in Japan and China and has been elected a full professor. Professor Karanis has created new fields of research, new laboratories and departments, new structures and jobs with huge investment potential in the field of epidemiology, molecular biomedicine, parasitology, and public health worldwide. He has taught and researched specifically in Germany, Greece, Japan, and China with shorter research stays in Australia, Canada, and Thailand. His main research interests are in the fields of tropical diseases and neglected diseases. Diseases that affect millions of people every year not only in underdeveloped countries in Africa, Asia, a

anatomy; infectious diseases; neglected and emerging diseases

Talk
The Future of Infectious Diseases
Bio
Born in Chryso/Evritania/Greece. Professor Karanis is a resourceful and dedicated professor with an outstanding academic background, excellent publication record, and significant teaching experiences in the fields of human anatomy and infectious tropical diseases. Enjoys worldwide collaborating in a productive and successful team and thrives in challenging environments. He completed his university studies and education in German Universities with a complete academic career in Germany and professorships at the Medical Schools of Bonn and Cologne Faculties in Germany, at the National Research Center of the Obihiro University in Hokkaido, Japan, and at the Center for Biomedicine and Infectious Diseases at the Qinghai University in Xining, Qinghai, China. He possesses mature administrative and managerial abilities and solid experience in science policy and public health. Since September 2019, he has been a Professor of Anatomy at the University of Nicosia Medical School and is the director of the Anatomy Centre and Coordinator of the Unit of Anatomy and Morphology at the University of Nicosia Medical School. He recognized the future of infectious diseases and the importance of epidemics and consciously chose them for his main field of research at a time when the western world was celebrating the eradication of infectious diseases, thinking that humanity had gotten rid of the old and well-known diseases. He has been invited by governments in Japan and China and has been elected a full professor. Professor Karanis has created new fields of research, new laboratories and departments, new structures and jobs with huge investment potential in the field of epidemiology, molecular biomedicine, parasitology, and public health worldwide. He has taught and researched specifically in Germany, Greece, Japan, and China with shorter research stays in Australia, Canada, and Thailand. His main research interests are in the fields of tropical diseases and neglected diseases. Diseases that affect millions of people every year not only in underdeveloped countries in Africa, Asia, a
Research Keywords
anatomy; infectious diseases; neglected and emerging diseases

Prof. Dr. Nicola Magnavita

Postgraduate School of Occupational Health, Department of Life Sciences and Public Health, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Italy

DETAILS

The Role of Occupational Health in Countering the Pandemic

Associate Professor in Occupational Health at the Department of Science of Woman/Child &Public Health of the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (UCSC) of Rome (Italy), physician in the Fondazione Policlinico Gemelli IRCCS of Rome. Director of the postgraduate School of Occupational Health, UCSC, Rome. Coordinator of the degree course in Techniques for the Protection of the Environment and Workplace, UCSC, Colleferro's headquarters. Member of the Directory Board of the Department of Life Sciences & Public Health, UCSC, Rome. Main activities: Teaching, Research, and Medical assistance. ORCID 0000-0002-0988-7344. Scopus h-index: 27, Documents: 228; Citations: 2442. WOS h-index: 24, Articles 152; Citations 1893. Google Scholar h-index: 34, i-10 index:90; citations 4304.

health promotion; public health; epidemiology health; risk assessment; safety; risk analysis; epidemiology and public health; healthcare; environmental risk assessment; health and safety; sleep disorders and sleep medicine; risk factors; determination of

Talk
The Role of Occupational Health in Countering the Pandemic
Bio
Associate Professor in Occupational Health at the Department of Science of Woman/Child &Public Health of the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (UCSC) of Rome (Italy), physician in the Fondazione Policlinico Gemelli IRCCS of Rome. Director of the postgraduate School of Occupational Health, UCSC, Rome. Coordinator of the degree course in Techniques for the Protection of the Environment and Workplace, UCSC, Colleferro's headquarters. Member of the Directory Board of the Department of Life Sciences & Public Health, UCSC, Rome. Main activities: Teaching, Research, and Medical assistance. ORCID 0000-0002-0988-7344. Scopus h-index: 27, Documents: 228; Citations: 2442. WOS h-index: 24, Articles 152; Citations 1893. Google Scholar h-index: 34, i-10 index:90; citations 4304.
Research Keywords
health promotion; public health; epidemiology health; risk assessment; safety; risk analysis; epidemiology and public health; healthcare; environmental risk assessment; health and safety; sleep disorders and sleep medicine; risk factors; determination of

Dr. Pasquale Caponnetto

Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, University of Catania, Italy

DETAILS

Smartphone Addiction through Age and Gender during Italian Lockdown for COVID-19

Pasquale Caponnetto, PhD in Health Science, Clinical Psychologist and Psychotherapist. -Clinical Psychology Coordinator at Researcher, The Center of Excellence for the Acceleration of HArm Reduction (CoEHAR), University of Catania, Italy. -Contract Professor Clinical Psychology and Addiction, at DISFOR University of Catania, Italy.

clinical psychology; psychotherapists

Talk
Smartphone Addiction through Age and Gender during Italian Lockdown for COVID-19
Bio
Pasquale Caponnetto, PhD in Health Science, Clinical Psychologist and Psychotherapist. -Clinical Psychology Coordinator at Researcher, The Center of Excellence for the Acceleration of HArm Reduction (CoEHAR), University of Catania, Italy. -Contract Professor Clinical Psychology and Addiction, at DISFOR University of Catania, Italy.
Research Keywords
clinical psychology; psychotherapists

Keynote Speakers

Annalaura Carducci, Ph.D.
Professor and Session Chair
Department of Biology, University of Pisa, Italy

Research Interest:
hygiene; public health; infectious diseases; risk assessment; environmental virology; water; aerosol; health literacy; risk communication; occupational health

Short Bio
Prof. Carducci graduated in Biological Sciences, specialized in Hygiene and Public Health, and is now Full Professor of General and Applied Hygiene at the Department of Biology, University of Pisa, where she is responsible for the Hygiene and Environmental Virology Laboratory and the Health Communication Observatory in addition to serving as Director of the Master in Industrial Hygiene, Prevention, and Safety. Since 2017, she has coordinated the working group of “Environment and Health” of the National Italian Society of Public Health and she is a member of a similar working group of the World Federation of Public Health Associations. Her main research topics concern the epidemiology and prevention of infectious diseases with particular focus on biological risk analysis of foods, water, air and life, and working settings. She is also interested in health and risk communication. She is the author of more than 250 extended publications in indexed and high-impact journals, book chapters, and conference proceedings.

Title: Health and Environment: A Changing Paradigm in the COVID-19 Era

Abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic has deeply impacted our relationship with the environment and the achievement of sustainable development goals, sometimes in opposite ways. The emergence of SARS-CoV-2 has demonstrated the urgent need to adopt the “one health” approach in every future action involving health and the environment, and its spread has highlighted the importance of research about the environmental determinants of its transmission. Increasing knowledge about the virus’ presence in different environmental matrices and conditions is revealing the significant diffusion of its RNA, although its actual viability in these circumstances remains to be demonstrated. Moreover, some epidemiological findings suggest that environmental conditions may be associated with the spread and related mortality of the virus. COVID-19 prevention still relies on measures linked to the environment: the use of masks, social distancing, hygiene and disinfection. On the other hand, some of these measures can exacerbate environmental pollution, such as increased waste (gloves and masks) and generalized use of disinfectants: this can produce an apparent conflict of interest between the infective and chemical risks. Therefore, the COVID-19 pandemic should change our approach to environmental risk assessment, focusing not only on chemicals but also on biological agents, with the analysis and comparison of these substances through quantitative methods. Efforts made toward recovering from the socio-economic impact of the pandemic should also be focused on environmental preservation and protection. In conclusion, the pandemic provides us with the opportunity to rethink the coupling of health and the environment from a wider and more comprehensive perspective.

Keywords: health and environment; COVID-19; one health approach; environmental transmission; chemical and biological risk assessment.

Jimmy Efird, Ph.D.
Professor and Session Chair
Cooperative Studies Program Epidemiology Center, Health Services Research and Development (DVAHCS/Duke Affiliated Center), USA

Research Interest:
epidemiological risk assessment; statistical modeling

Short Bio

Prof. Dr. Jimmy T. Efird completed his Doctorate in Epidemiology (Biostatistics Concentration) at Stanford University School of Medicine. He has over 30 years of experience in the field of cancer research, biostatistics, and informatics, having worked at Massachusetts General Hospital (Harvard Medical School), UCSF School of Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine and, most recently, the University of Newcastle, Australia. Currently, he heads the Computational Sciences Team at the Cooperative Studies Program Epidemiology Center and also serves on the GWAS and PhenWAS working groups. His area of interest is epidemiological risk assessment and statistical modeling. He has over 250 publications in scientific journals which have been cited over 10,000 times (i10-index = 135, h-index = 51).

Title: The Prophylaxis Potential of Carnosine in the Management of COVID-19

Abstract

After Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (SARS-CoV) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV), Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2)—the causative agent of the disease known as COVID-19—is the third coronavirus to pose serious threats to human society in this century. With 67,367,046 confirmed cases and 1,545,331 deaths worldwide as of 10 December 2020, this disease has become a global emergency. Mortality rates are higher among the elderly population and those with comorbidities such as cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular problems, and hypertension obesity. Increased oxidative stress/cytokine storm is also one of the main causes of COVID-19-associated complications. Carnosine is a well-established anti-inflammatory, anti-aging, antihypertensive, antineoplastic, antichelating, and neuroprotective agent that is helpful in maintaining the body’s pH balance. It is a naturally occurring dipeptide and is present in human skeletal muscles, cardiac muscles, and brain. The compound reduces the concentration of oxygen free radicals; chelates heavy metals such as iron, zinc, and copper; and inhibits protein glycation and the generation of protein carbonyls. The carnosine/non-hydrolyzed isopeptide of carnosine/N-acetylcarnosine, which is available without prescription, merits further consideration as a low-cost prophylactic approach to COVID-19 and the associated complications of this disease. This is especially relevant to low-resource regions of the world, which may be the last to achieve population-based herd immunity through vaccination.

Keywords: carnosine; COVID-19; anti-inflammatory; anti-aging; antihypertensive; antineoplastic; antichelating; neuroprotective

Guglielmo Campus, Ph.D.
Professor
Department of Restorative, Preventive and Paediatric Dentistry, University of Bern, Switzerland

Research Interest:
public health; oral epidemiology; oral diseases; prevention

Short Bio

Guglielmo Campus was nominated Extraordinariat Professor fur Präventivzahnmedizin und Orale Epidemiologie starting from February the 1st, 2019. He began his training at the Dental school, University of Sassari where he received his degree. He is Associate Professor Community Dentistry, Cariology and Paeditric Dentistry, University of Sassari since 2014. He is also Coordinator of the Italian WHO Collaborating Center (WHO CC) for Epidemiology and Community Dentistry. Research interests are largely direct towards Oral Epidemiology, Community Dentistry, Preventive Dentistry, Cariology and Paediatric Dentistry. During the years research interests span from Public Health Dentistry, Community Dentistry, Paediatric Dentistry, Restorative materials and Preventive programs. He is Member of the Research Board within The Italian Minister of Health for the realization of the Italian National Guidelines for Caries prevention and of the Clinical recommendations in Paediatric Dentistry. Dr. Campus is authors of more than 180 scientific papers. His work inside the WHO CC is to plan, to coordinate the assessing of oral health conditions of populations, policies development and implementation in Italy and other countries like Burkina Faso, Mexico etc; to support the early implementation of the phase down use of dental amalgam in the context of the Minamata Convention and Universal Health coverage (UHC) in Italy; to support measure that encourage life-course approach and population-based strategies related to reducing sugar consumption, tobacco control and affordability of fluoride-containing toothpaste and others vehicles of fluoride.

Title: COVID-19 Outbreak: International Collaborative Survey on Burden of Disease among Dentists, 2020.

Abstract

Dentists have a long tradition of control of infection. The global COVID-19 outbreak has had severe repercussions on interactions between individuals, on their behavior and on society as a whole. Work activities with a high potential of COVID-19 infection include healthcare workers performing aerosol-generating procedures or collecting/handling specimens from patients or bodies known to have or suspected of having COVID-19. The risk of cross-infection in dentistry is considerably increased by splatters and aerosols produced during routine dental treatments. The authors searched PubMed and its specific hub, Embase and Scopus servers, up to May 18, 2020, for epidemiological studies using the terms “Dentists” or “Dental personnel” and “SARS-CoV-2”, without date or language restrictions. Few or small studies that focused on specific population subgroups were found. Large population-based studies are needed to estimate the infectivity rate among dentists, to collect symptoms/signs presumably related to COVID-19 and to investigate the adopted preventive measures and personal protective equipment (PPE). To evaluate the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak among dentists in several countries, a multicenter cross-sectional survey was designed with the aim to estimate the symptoms/signs reported by dentists that are presumably related to COVID-19, to explore work attitudes and behaviors and to investigate the level of preparedness regarding the protective measures and PPE used to reduce the risk of viral infection and transmission. An ad hoc questionnaire was developed and pretested in April 2020; 36 collaborating research groups around the world participated in the survey. The protocol of the study was previously described and registered in the World Pandemic Research Network (WPRN), WPRN-486352. The questionnaire had three domains: (1) personal data; (2) symptoms/signs presumably related to COVID-19; and (3) working conditions and PPE adopted after the outbreak of the infection. In the participating countries, dentists working in national health systems or in private or public settings were invited to respond to the questionnaire. Countries’ data were grouped by the case positivity rate of COVID-19 according to the survey period and grouped by gross national income per capita in 2019, Atlas method and PPP (international dollar). This is the first global population-based study that describes the effect of COVID-19 on the dental profession, reports symptoms/signs suffered by dentists and presumably related to COVID-19, explores work attitudes and behavior, and investigates the level of preparedness regarding the protective measures and PPE used to reduce the risk of viral infection and transmission. The survey data include more than 50,000 participants spread over 36 countries. The findings show that living in countries with high COVID-19 positivity rates increases the probability that dentists become infected. In terms of protective measures, the use of N95/FFP2 masks is associated with significantly reduced chances that dentists present symptoms/signs related to the disease, while other types of PPE seem to be less relevant in SARS-CoV-2 protection. Overall, the probability of dentists becoming infected is associated with the gross national income (GNI) of the countries where they work. The findings confirm the recommendation of enhancing the use of high-standard masks. This study offers global evidence regarding the dental profession and COVID-19, providing a measurement framework and methods for countries and global stakeholders to better plan health service provision. Although our data do not support all recommended enhanced protective measures, except for the use of high-standard masks, the results must be carefully interpreted.

Keywords: COVID-19; SARS-CoV-2; dentistry; global health; public health dentistry

ECERPH-3 Live Sessions Information

During the e-conference, four live sessions have been scheduled. We have invited some speakers to share their latest research. Also, a number of excellent submissions have been selected, and these works will be presented during the live sessions by the authors. During each live session, the participants will have the chance to ask questions in the “open for discussion” section.

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ECERPH-3 Live Sessions Programs

11 January 2021

Session 1

Date: 11 January 2021

Time: 03:00pm (CET) | 09:00am (EDT) | 10:00pm (CST Asia)

Speaker

Presentation Topic

Time (CET)

Conference Chair

Jon Øyvind Odland, The Norwegian University for Science and Technology

Initial Greeting of the Conference

03:00pm – 03:10pm

Invited Speaker

Masoud Dara, World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe UN City

Responding to Tuberculosis and HIV during the COVID-19 Pandemic

03:10pm – 03:40pm

Conference Chair

Jon Øyvind Odland, The Norwegian University for Science and Technology

Reproductive Health and Pregnancy Outcome in the Context of COVID-19

03:40pm – 04:10pm

Open for Discussions

04:10pm – 04:30pm

14 January 2021

Session 2

Date: 14 January 2021

Time: 03:00pm (CET) | 09:00am (EDT) | 10:00pm (CST Asia)

Speaker

Presentation Topic

Time (CET)

Session chair

Jimmy Efird, Health Services Research and Development

Initial Greeting

03:00pm - 03:10pm

Session chair

Jimmy Efird, Health Services Research and Development

Risk Reduction and Multiplicity in Epidemiology Studies of COVID-19

03:10pm - 03:30pm

Selected Presentation form Sessions

Mario Keko

COVID-19 Pandemic in Brazil: Clinical Manifestation and Effect of Comorbidities on Outcomes of Hospitalized SARI Cases

03:30pm - 03:45pm

Short Break & Open for Discussions

03:45pm - 04:00pm

Session chair

Nicola Magnavita, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

The Role of Occupational Health in Countering the Pandemic

04:00pm - 04:20pm

Selected Presentation form Sessions

Alberto Modenese

Anti-SARS-CoV-2 Antibodies Frequency in Non-Health Care Workers in a Highly Industrialized Province of Northern Italy

04:20pm - 04:35pm

Selected Presentation form Sessions

Patricia Gillen

Health and Social Care Workers' Quality of Working Life and Coping while Working during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Analysis of Positive Coping and Work-Related Quality of Life as Resilence and Protective Factors Impacting on Wellbeing

04:35pm - 04:50pm

Open for Discussions

04:50pm - 05:10pm

18 January 2021

Session 3

Date: 18 January 2021

Time: 10:00am (CET) | 04:00am (EDT) | 05:00pm (CST Asia)

Speaker

Presentation Topic

Time (CET)

Invited Speaker

Richard Gray, La Trobe University

The Mental Health Impact of COVID-19

10:00am – 10:30am

Selected Presentation form Sessions

Zohra Lassi

A Systematic Analysis of Pregnant Women with Confirmed COVID-19: Clinical presentation, and Pregnancy, Birth and Perinatal Outcomes Based on COVID-19 Severity

10:30am – 10:45am

Selected Presentation form Sessions

Roula Zougheibe

Impact of COVID-19 Outbreak on the Level of Worry and Its Association to Modified Active Mobility Behaviour among Australian Children: A Cross-Sectional National Study

10:45am – 11:00am

Open for Discussions

11:00am – 11:20am

20 January 2021

Session 4

Date: 20 January 2021

Time: 03:00pm (CET) | 09:00am (EDT) | 10:00pm (CST Asia)

Speaker

Presentation Topic

Time (CET)

Session Chair

Zahid Ahmad Butt, University of Waterloo

Initial Greeting

03:00pm – 03:10pm

Invited Speaker

Panagiotis Karanis, The University of Cologne

The Future of Infectious Diseases

03:10pm – 03:40pm

Selected Presentation form Sessions

Cristina Vassalle

Acute Myocardial Infarction in the Time of COVID-19

03:40pm – 03:55pm

Selected Presentation form Sessions

Viveka Guzman

Looking for Flowering Trees to Walk Past: A Qualitative Analysis of US Older Adults' Therapeutic Landscapes during the COVID-19 Pandemic

03:55pm – 04:10pm

Selected Presentation form Sessions

Pasquale Caponnetto (Session Chair), Lucio Inguscio, Marilena Maglia and Sara Valeri

Smartphone Addiction through Age and Gender during Italian Lockdown for COVID-19

04:10pm – 04:25pm

Open for Discussions

04:25pm – 04:45pm

Ending Ceremony

Welcome from the Chair

All participants of ECERPH-3 are welcome to submit the extended version of conference proceedings papers to the IJERPH Special Issue "Selected Papers from the 3rd International Electronic Conference on Environmental Research and Public Health—Public Health Issues in the Context of the COVID-19 Pandemic" with a 20% discount on the Article Processing Charges.

Dear Colleagues,

We are happy to invite you to the 3rd International Electronic Conference on Environmental Research and Public Health. The title is self-explanatory and the topics are carefully selected.

We need to look at the pandemic from many sides, and we think we have covered many important aspects with your help in the different sessions of this e-conference. So please join the conference with your presentation. You will also be invited to contribute your full paper in a Special Issue.

We hope to see the very best presentations at this critical time for humankind. Science is crucial to bring these world health issues under control and point the way forward for a better future for all of us.

Kind regards,
Prof. Dr. Jon Øyvind Odland
Chair of the 3rd International Electronic Conference on Environmental Research and Public Health

Conference Chair

Prof. Dr. Jon Øyvind Odland

Jon Øyvind Odland, MD, PhD, is a Professor of Global Health at NTNU, Norwegian University of Science and Technology and a specialist in GYN/OB, environmental medicine, and epidemiology. He has worked on mother/child programs in more than 20 countries, these days focusing mostly on the Arctic, southern Asia, and Africa. His studies have mostly focused on the impact of the environment and infectious disease on fetal development and pregnancy outcome. He has a scientific production of ca. 200 peer-reviewed papers and is now involved in a new study on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on healthcare workers, the healthcare system, and the general population in southern Africa.

Session B: Environmental Exposures and Health
Session Chaired by Prof. Dr. Annalaura Carducci

Session C: Mental Health
Session Chaired by Dr. Pasquale Caponnetto

Conference Chairs

Prof. Dr. Jon Øyvind Odland

Department of Community Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, The Norwegian University for Science and Technology, Norway

DETAILS

Jon Øyvind Odland, MD, PhD, is a Professor of Global Health at NTNU, Norwegian University of Science and Technology and a specialist in GYN/OB, environmental medicine, and epidemiology. He has worked on mother/child programs in more than 20 countries, these days focusing mostly on the Arctic, southern Asia, and Africa. His studies have mostly focused on the impact of the environment and infectious disease on fetal development and pregnancy outcome. He has a scientific production of ca. 200 peer-reviewed papers and is now involved in a new study on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on healthcare workers, the healthcare system, and the general population in southern Africa.

Bio
Jon Øyvind Odland, MD, PhD, is a Professor of Global Health at NTNU, Norwegian University of Science and Technology and a specialist in GYN/OB, environmental medicine, and epidemiology. He has worked on mother/child programs in more than 20 countries, these days focusing mostly on the Arctic, southern Asia, and Africa. His studies have mostly focused on the impact of the environment and infectious disease on fetal development and pregnancy outcome. He has a scientific production of ca. 200 peer-reviewed papers and is now involved in a new study on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on healthcare workers, the healthcare system, and the general population in southern Africa.

Session Chairs

Prof. Dr. Jimmy Efird

Cooperative Studies Program Epidemiology Center, Health Services Research and Development (DVAHCS/Duke Affiliated Center), USA

DETAILS

[email protected]

Prof. Dr. Jimmy T. Efird completed his Doctorate in Epidemiology (Biostatistics Concentration) at Stanford University School of Medicine. He has over 30 years of experience in the field of cancer research, biostatistics, and informatics, having worked at Massachusetts General Hospital (Harvard Medical School), UCSF School of Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine and, most recently, the University of Newcastle, Australia. Currently, he heads the Computational Sciences Team at the Cooperative Studies Program Epidemiology Center and also serves on the GWAS and PhenWAS working groups. His area of interest is epidemiological risk assessment and statistical modeling. He has over 250 publications in scientific journals which have been cited over 10,000 times (i10-index = 135, h-index = 51).

epidemiological risk assessment; statistical modeling

Bio
Prof. Dr. Jimmy T. Efird completed his Doctorate in Epidemiology (Biostatistics Concentration) at Stanford University School of Medicine. He has over 30 years of experience in the field of cancer research, biostatistics, and informatics, having worked at Massachusetts General Hospital (Harvard Medical School), UCSF School of Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine and, most recently, the University of Newcastle, Australia. Currently, he heads the Computational Sciences Team at the Cooperative Studies Program Epidemiology Center and also serves on the GWAS and PhenWAS working groups. His area of interest is epidemiological risk assessment and statistical modeling. He has over 250 publications in scientific journals which have been cited over 10,000 times (i10-index = 135, h-index = 51).
Research Interest
epidemiological risk assessment; statistical modeling

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nicola Magnavita

Postgraduate School of Occupational Health, Department of Life Sciences and Public Health, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Italy

DETAILS

[email protected]

Associate Professor in Occupational Health at the Department of Science of Woman/Child &Public Health of the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (UCSC) of Rome (Italy), physician in the Fondazione Policlinico Gemelli IRCCS of Rome. Director of the postgraduate School of Occupational Health, UCSC, Rome. Coordinator of the degree course in Techniques for the Protection of the Environment and Workplace, UCSC, Colleferro's headquarters. Member of the Directory Board of the Department of Life Sciences & Public Health, UCSC, Rome. Main activities: Teaching, Research, and Medical assistance. ORCID 0000-0002-0988-7344. Scopus h-index: 27, Documents: 228; Citations: 2442. WOS h-index: 24, Articles 152; Citations 1893. Google Scholar h-index: 34, i-10 index:90; citations 4304.

health promotion; public health; epidemiology health; risk assessment; safety; risk analysis; epidemiology and public health; healthcare; environmental risk assessment; health and safety; sleep disorders and sleep medicine; risk factors; determination of health risk assessment; exposure assessment; environmental exposure occupational health; hospital management; chemical risk assessment environmental epidemiology; health impact assessment informed consent; occupational epidemiology; chemical safety occupational medicine; occupational health and disease; inhalation toxicology; environmental medicine; aging and work; hazardous workers

Bio
Associate Professor in Occupational Health at the Department of Science of Woman/Child &Public Health of the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (UCSC) of Rome (Italy), physician in the Fondazione Policlinico Gemelli IRCCS of Rome. Director of the postgraduate School of Occupational Health, UCSC, Rome. Coordinator of the degree course in Techniques for the Protection of the Environment and Workplace, UCSC, Colleferro's headquarters. Member of the Directory Board of the Department of Life Sciences & Public Health, UCSC, Rome. Main activities: Teaching, Research, and Medical assistance. ORCID 0000-0002-0988-7344. Scopus h-index: 27, Documents: 228; Citations: 2442. WOS h-index: 24, Articles 152; Citations 1893. Google Scholar h-index: 34, i-10 index:90; citations 4304.
Research Interest
health promotion; public health; epidemiology health; risk assessment; safety; risk analysis; epidemiology and public health; healthcare; environmental risk assessment; health and safety; sleep disorders and sleep medicine; risk factors; determination of health risk assessment; exposure assessment; environmental exposure occupational health; hospital management; chemical risk assessment environmental epidemiology; health impact assessment informed consent; occupational epidemiology; chemical safety occupational medicine; occupational health and disease; inhalation toxicology; environmental medicine; aging and work; hazardous workers

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Jitse P. van Dijk

Department of Community and Occupational Medicine, University Medical Center Groningen, University of Groningen, The Netherlands

DETAILS

[email protected]

Jitse P. van Dijk (M), MD, PhD (WoS: 194 research papers, h-index = 27), is Associate Professor of Community and Occupational Medicine and a staff member the Department of Health Sciences, Section Community and Occupational Medicine, and of the Public Health Research program of the University Medical Centre Groningen. He graduated in Medical Sciences, Law, and Public Administration. His research focuses on the healthy development of adolescents and the promotion of social participation in the case of disease in community-based settings. A key feature of his research focuses on ethnicity. Assoc. Prof. Dr. van Dijk has participated in a large number of research grants. He was (until 2020-09) Scientific Director of the Kosice Institute for Society and Health (UPJS, SK), was a lector expert on ‘Social Determinants of Health’ in the framework of an EU project at Palacky University of Olomouc (UP, CZ). He now is Visiting Professor at the Medical Faculty of UP. He is (co)author of about 130 publications in Web of Science.

adolescents and health; chronic disease; ethnicity and health

Bio
Jitse P. van Dijk (M), MD, PhD (WoS: 194 research papers, h-index = 27), is Associate Professor of Community and Occupational Medicine and a staff member the Department of Health Sciences, Section Community and Occupational Medicine, and of the Public Health Research program of the University Medical Centre Groningen. He graduated in Medical Sciences, Law, and Public Administration. His research focuses on the healthy development of adolescents and the promotion of social participation in the case of disease in community-based settings. A key feature of his research focuses on ethnicity. Assoc. Prof. Dr. van Dijk has participated in a large number of research grants. He was (until 2020-09) Scientific Director of the Kosice Institute for Society and Health (UPJS, SK), was a lector expert on ‘Social Determinants of Health’ in the framework of an EU project at Palacky University of Olomouc (UP, CZ). He now is Visiting Professor at the Medical Faculty of UP. He is (co)author of about 130 publications in Web of Science.
Research Interest
adolescents and health; chronic disease; ethnicity and health

Prof. Dr. Gianrico Spagnuolo

Department of Neuroscience, Reproductive and Odontostomatological Sciences, University of Naples "Federico II", Italy

DETAILS

[email protected]na.it

Prof. Dr. Gianrico Spagnuolo received a D.D.S. degree in Dentistry and he completed his Ph.D. in Dental Materials Biotechnology at University of Naples “Federico II”, Italy. He had been Visiting Assistant Professor and Adjunct Scientist at the Department of Operative Dentistry and Periodontology at University of Regensburg (Germany). He was associate researcher at Interdisciplinary Research Centre on Biomaterials (CRIB)—University of Naples “Federico II”, and he completed the three-year postgraduate program in Oral Surgery at the same University. He has served as Professor of Operative Dentistry at Sechenov University, Russia. Now he is Professor at School of Dentistry—University of Naples “Federico II” and his research interest is focused on cell–tissue–materials interactions at molecular and clinical levels, as it applies to oral medicine and stomatology.

dental materials; dental surgery; restorative dentistry; endodontics; oral health and oral medicine

Bio
Prof. Dr. Gianrico Spagnuolo received a D.D.S. degree in Dentistry and he completed his Ph.D. in Dental Materials Biotechnology at University of Naples “Federico II”, Italy. He had been Visiting Assistant Professor and Adjunct Scientist at the Department of Operative Dentistry and Periodontology at University of Regensburg (Germany). He was associate researcher at Interdisciplinary Research Centre on Biomaterials (CRIB)—University of Naples “Federico II”, and he completed the three-year postgraduate program in Oral Surgery at the same University. He has served as Professor of Operative Dentistry at Sechenov University, Russia. Now he is Professor at School of Dentistry—University of Naples “Federico II” and his research interest is focused on cell–tissue–materials interactions at molecular and clinical levels, as it applies to oral medicine and stomatology.
Research Interest
dental materials; dental surgery; restorative dentistry; endodontics; oral health and oral medicine

Dr. Zahid Ahmad Butt

School of Public Health and Health Systems, University of Waterloo, Canada

DETAILS

[email protected]

Dr. Zahid Butt is a physician epidemiologist and Assistant Professor at the School of Public Health and Health Systems, University of Waterloo. His research applies a ‘syndemic’ framework to examine interrelationships between epidemics of infectious diseases, social disparities, co-morbidities, and substance use using epidemiological, statistical, spatial, and machine learning methods. Dr. Butt’s research activities in the domain of public health, big data analytics, and spatial epidemiology have led to more than 100 papers in numerous high-impact journals including The Lancet, Lancet Infectious Diseases, Nature, and BMJ. He is Section Editor-in-Chief of the Infectious Diseases section of the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.

public health; infectious diseases; big data analytics; social disparities; co-morbidities; substance use; spatial epidemiology

Bio
Dr. Zahid Butt is a physician epidemiologist and Assistant Professor at the School of Public Health and Health Systems, University of Waterloo. His research applies a ‘syndemic’ framework to examine interrelationships between epidemics of infectious diseases, social disparities, co-morbidities, and substance use using epidemiological, statistical, spatial, and machine learning methods. Dr. Butt’s research activities in the domain of public health, big data analytics, and spatial epidemiology have led to more than 100 papers in numerous high-impact journals including The Lancet, Lancet Infectious Diseases, Nature, and BMJ. He is Section Editor-in-Chief of the Infectious Diseases section of the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.
Research Interest
public health; infectious diseases; big data analytics; social disparities; co-morbidities; substance use; spatial epidemiology

Prof. Dr. Johanne Sundby

Department of Community Medicine and Global Health, The University of Oslo, Norway

DETAILS

[email protected]

Medical doctor, OB/GYN specialist, Professor in Global Health and Women’s Health. Policy maker in women’s health. Long experience working on research and capacity building in low-income countries. Author of >100 papers. Supervised >30 PhD students.

women’s reproductive health; STD; maternal health; infertility; youth health rights; HIV/AIDS; abortion issues

Bio
Medical doctor, OB/GYN specialist, Professor in Global Health and Women’s Health. Policy maker in women’s health. Long experience working on research and capacity building in low-income countries. Author of >100 papers. Supervised >30 PhD students.
Research Interest
women’s reproductive health; STD; maternal health; infertility; youth health rights; HIV/AIDS; abortion issues

Dr. Pasquale Caponnetto

Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, University of Catania, Italy

DETAILS

[email protected]

Pasquale Caponnetto, PhD in Health Science, Clinical Psychologist and Psychotherapist. -Clinical Psychology Coordinator at Researcher, The Center of Excellence for the Acceleration of HArm Reduction (CoEHAR), University of Catania, Italy. -Contract Professor Clinical Psychology and Addiction, at DISFOR University of Catania, Italy.

clinical psychology; psychotherapists

Bio
Pasquale Caponnetto, PhD in Health Science, Clinical Psychologist and Psychotherapist. -Clinical Psychology Coordinator at Researcher, The Center of Excellence for the Acceleration of HArm Reduction (CoEHAR), University of Catania, Italy. -Contract Professor Clinical Psychology and Addiction, at DISFOR University of Catania, Italy.
Research Interest
clinical psychology; psychotherapists

Dr. Pantelis T. Nikolaidis

School of Health and Caring Sciences, University of West Attica, Greece

DETAILS

[email protected]

Dr Pantelis Nikolaidis is a Greek sports scientist who has specialized in sports physiology. He teaches at the School of Health and Caring Sciences of the University of West Attica (Athens). He has published more than 300 peer-reviewed scientific papers and has served as reviewer for more than 80 international scientific journals. His research interests focus on athletes’ fitness profiling. He serves as Editor-in-Chief of the section Exercise and Health of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.

athletes’ fitness profiling; exercise and health

Bio
Dr Pantelis Nikolaidis is a Greek sports scientist who has specialized in sports physiology. He teaches at the School of Health and Caring Sciences of the University of West Attica (Athens). He has published more than 300 peer-reviewed scientific papers and has served as reviewer for more than 80 international scientific journals. His research interests focus on athletes’ fitness profiling. He serves as Editor-in-Chief of the section Exercise and Health of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.
Research Interest
athletes’ fitness profiling; exercise and health

Prof. Dr. Annalaura Carducci

Department of Biology, University of Pisa, Italy

DETAILS

[email protected]

Prof. Carducci graduated in Biological Sciences, specialized in Hygiene and Public Health, and is now Full Professor of General and Applied Hygiene at the Department of Biology, University of Pisa, where she is responsible for the Hygiene and Environmental Virology Laboratory and the Health Communication Observatory in addition to serving as Director of the Master in Industrial Hygiene, Prevention, and Safety. Since 2017, she has coordinated the working group of “Environment and Health” of the National Italian Society of Public Health and she is a member of a similar working group of the World Federation of Public Health Associations. Her main research topics concern the epidemiology and prevention of infectious diseases with particular focus on biological risk analysis of foods, water, air and life, and working settings. She is also interested in health and risk communication. She is the author of more than 250 extended publications in indexed and high-impact journals, book chapters, and conference proceedings.

hygiene; public health; infectious diseases; risk assessment; environmental virology; water; aerosol; health literacy; risk communication; occupational health

Bio
Prof. Carducci graduated in Biological Sciences, specialized in Hygiene and Public Health, and is now Full Professor of General and Applied Hygiene at the Department of Biology, University of Pisa, where she is responsible for the Hygiene and Environmental Virology Laboratory and the Health Communication Observatory in addition to serving as Director of the Master in Industrial Hygiene, Prevention, and Safety. Since 2017, she has coordinated the working group of “Environment and Health” of the National Italian Society of Public Health and she is a member of a similar working group of the World Federation of Public Health Associations. Her main research topics concern the epidemiology and prevention of infectious diseases with particular focus on biological risk analysis of foods, water, air and life, and working settings. She is also interested in health and risk communication. She is the author of more than 250 extended publications in indexed and high-impact journals, book chapters, and conference proceedings.
Research Interest
hygiene; public health; infectious diseases; risk assessment; environmental virology; water; aerosol; health literacy; risk communication; occupational health

Conference Committee

Prof. Dr. María M. Morales Suárez-Varela

Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health, Food Science, Toxicology and Legal Medicine, University of Valencia, Spain; Consorcio de Investigación Biomédica en Red de Epidemiología y Salud Pública (CIBERESP), Spain

DETAILS

epidemiology; chronic illnesses; pregnancy; environmental exposure; environmental health; diet; newborn; children; lifestyle factors

Research Keywords
epidemiology; chronic illnesses; pregnancy; environmental exposure; environmental health; diet; newborn; children; lifestyle factors

Dr. Mehdi Farokhnia

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) Division of Intramural Clinical and Biological Research and National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Intramural Research Program, National Institutes of Health (NIH), USA

DETAILS

neuropsychopharmacology; mental health; addiction; suicide; stigma; health disparity; minority health

Research Keywords
neuropsychopharmacology; mental health; addiction; suicide; stigma; health disparity; minority health

Dr. Masoud Dara

Special Representative of Regional Director to Belarus, World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe UN City, Copenhagen, Denmark

DETAILS

emerging infectious diseases; infection prevention and control; climate change and vector borne diseases; HIV; viral Hepatitis; sexually transmitted diseases; tuberculosis

Research Keywords
emerging infectious diseases; infection prevention and control; climate change and vector borne diseases; HIV; viral Hepatitis; sexually transmitted diseases; tuberculosis

Prof. Dr. Giovanni Sotgiu

Clinical Epidemiology and Medical Statistics Unit, Department of Medical, Surgical and Experimental Sciences, University of Sassari, Italy

DETAILS

tuberculosis; NTM; respiratory infections; epidemiology; medical statistics

Research Keywords
tuberculosis; NTM; respiratory infections; epidemiology; medical statistics

Dr. Luca Paolo Ardigò

School of Exercise and Sport Science, Department of Neurosciences, Biomedicine and Movement Sciences, University of Verona, Italy

DETAILS

physical activity; metabolic expenditure; motor control; sport technology; testing; training

Research Keywords
physical activity; metabolic expenditure; motor control; sport technology; testing; training

Prof. Dr. Stephen H. Linder

Institute for Health Policy, Division of Management, Policy and Community Health, The University of Texas School of Public Health, USA

DETAILS

health policy; environmental policy; cumulative risk; community-based environmental assessment; policy design

Research Keywords
health policy; environmental policy; cumulative risk; community-based environmental assessment; policy design

Dr. Dylan P. Cliff

School of Education, Early Start and Illawarra Health and Medical Research Institute, University of Wollongong, Australia

DETAILS

physical activity; sedentary behaviour; digital technology use; sleep; 24-hour movement behaviours; health and developmental outcomes; early childhood; school-aged children and adolescents

Research Keywords
physical activity; sedentary behaviour; digital technology use; sleep; 24-hour movement behaviours; health and developmental outcomes; early childhood; school-aged children and adolescents

Prof. Dr. Charalampos Siristatidis

Assisted Reproduction Unit, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece

DETAILS

assisted reproduction; minimally invasive techniques; infertility; gynecological endocrinology

Research Keywords
assisted reproduction; minimally invasive techniques; infertility; gynecological endocrinology

Prof. Dr. Maria Grazia Porpora

Department of Maternal and Child Health and Urology, Policlinico Umberto I - "Sapienza" University of Rome, Italy

DETAILS

adenomyosis; endometriosis; effects of environmental factors on women’s health infertility; minimally invasive gynecologic surgery; pelvic pain

Research Keywords
adenomyosis; endometriosis; effects of environmental factors on women’s health infertility; minimally invasive gynecologic surgery; pelvic pain

Prof. Dr. Madelon L. Finkel

Office of Global Health Education; Department of Healthcare Policy & Research, Weill Cornell Medical College, USA

DETAILS

global public health; women's health; environmental health; epidemiology

Research Keywords
global public health; women's health; environmental health; epidemiology

Prof. Dr. Margherita Fanelli

Department of Interdisciplinary Medicine, School of Medicine and Surgery, University of Bari Aldo Moro, Italy

DETAILS

clinical research; epidemiology; diagnostic and prognostic study; breast cancer epidemiology; probiotic administration and infant nutrition

Research Keywords
clinical research; epidemiology; diagnostic and prognostic study; breast cancer epidemiology; probiotic administration and infant nutrition

Prof. Dr. Stuart J. Barnes

Consumer and Organisational Digital Analytics (CODA) Research Centre, King's Business School, King’s College London, UK

DETAILS

sharing economy; health analytics; environmental sustainability; customer experience value; technology addiction; social media influencers; mobile marketing; virtual reality; virtual worlds

Research Keywords
sharing economy; health analytics; environmental sustainability; customer experience value; technology addiction; social media influencers; mobile marketing; virtual reality; virtual worlds

Prof. Dr. Amanda Rodrigues Amorim Adegboye

Faculty of Education, Health and Human Sciences, School of Human Sciences, University of Greenwich, UK

DETAILS

nutrition; oral health; maternal and child health; diabetes; obesity; health inequalities; ethnic minorities

Research Keywords
nutrition; oral health; maternal and child health; diabetes; obesity; health inequalities; ethnic minorities

Prof. Dr. Anna Giudetti

Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences and Technologies, University of Salento, Italy

DETAILS

epithelial-mesenchymal transition; diabetes; lipid metabolism; mitochondrial carriers; obesity; thyroid hormones

Research Keywords
epithelial-mesenchymal transition; diabetes; lipid metabolism; mitochondrial carriers; obesity; thyroid hormones

Prof. Dr. Marieke De Craemer

Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Ghent University, Belgium

DETAILS

physical activity; sedentary behaviour; 24-hour movement behaviours; interventions; exercise is medicine; preschool children; children

Research Keywords
physical activity; sedentary behaviour; 24-hour movement behaviours; interventions; exercise is medicine; preschool children; children

Prof. Dr. João Paulo Vilas-Boas

Faculty of Sport, CIFI2D, and Porto Biomechanics Laboratory (LABIOMEP), University of Porto, Portugal

DETAILS

biomechanics; biophysics; sports technology; sports training and performance evaluation

Research Keywords
biomechanics; biophysics; sports technology; sports training and performance evaluation

Dr. Brigitte Le Magueresse Battistoni

CarMeN laboratory, INSERM U1060, Centre Hospitalier Lyon-Sud, Chemin du Grand Revoyet, France

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diabetes; metabolic disorders; obesity; pollutants and endocrine disruptors

Research Keywords
diabetes; metabolic disorders; obesity; pollutants and endocrine disruptors

Prof. Dr. Amal Mitra

Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Public Health, Jackson State University, USA

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obesity; minority health; global health; neglected tropical diseases; lead poisoning; arsenic poisoning; iron; vitamin A; breast cancer; smoking; depression; complementary and alternative medicine; metabolic syndrome; enteric pathogens; hepatitis B; Hepat

Research Keywords
obesity; minority health; global health; neglected tropical diseases; lead poisoning; arsenic poisoning; iron; vitamin A; breast cancer; smoking; depression; complementary and alternative medicine; metabolic syndrome; enteric pathogens; hepatitis B; Hepat

Prof. Dr. Francisco José Nunes Antunes

Instituto de Saúde Ambiental (ISAMB), Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal

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infectious diseases; HIV; hepatitis; tropical medicine

Research Keywords
infectious diseases; HIV; hepatitis; tropical medicine

Prof. Dr. Cristina Cortis

Department of Human Sciences, Society and Health University of Cassino e Lazio Meridionale, Italy

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sport; performance; physical activity; training; motor control

Research Keywords
sport; performance; physical activity; training; motor control

Prof. Dr. Luis Carrasco Páez

Department of Physical Education and Sport, University of Seville, Pirotecnia Campus, Spain

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exercise physiology; stress hormones; anxiety; depression; neurotrophic factors; neuroplasticity

Research Keywords
exercise physiology; stress hormones; anxiety; depression; neurotrophic factors; neuroplasticity

Prof. Dr. Olga Scudiero

Dipartimento di Medicina Molecolare e Biotecnologie Mediche, Università di Napoli Federico II, Italy

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innate immunity; defensins; health; sudden cardiac death; physical activity and thrombophilic risk

Research Keywords
innate immunity; defensins; health; sudden cardiac death; physical activity and thrombophilic risk

Prof. Dr. Tiziana De Magistris

Unidad Economía Agroalimentaria - CITA - Gobierno de Aragón, Spain

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consumer demand; food labelling; health-related claims; hypothetical and no-hypothetical evaluation methods

Research Keywords
consumer demand; food labelling; health-related claims; hypothetical and no-hypothetical evaluation methods

Prof. Dr. Roy McConkey

Institute of Nursing and Health Research, University of Ulster, UK

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intellectual and developmental disabilities; family; community based supports; innovative services; social inclusion; public attitudes

Research Keywords
intellectual and developmental disabilities; family; community based supports; innovative services; social inclusion; public attitudes

Prof. Dr. Ching-To Albert Ma

Department of Economics, Boston University, 270 Bay State Road, USA

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incentives and payment design in the health market; competition in the health market; interaction between public and private health sectors

Research Keywords
incentives and payment design in the health market; competition in the health market; interaction between public and private health sectors

Prof. Dr. Clyde F. Martin

Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Texas Tech University, USA

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control theory and the development and analysis of mathematical and statistical models in agriculture, the environment and medicine

Research Keywords
control theory and the development and analysis of mathematical and statistical models in agriculture, the environment and medicine

Dr. Evangelos C. Alexopoulos

Occupational Health Department, Metopolitan General Hospital, Greece

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occupational health; occupational medicine; exposure assessment; public health; environmental epidemiology; environmental health; employee well-being; preventive medicine

Research Keywords
occupational health; occupational medicine; exposure assessment; public health; environmental epidemiology; environmental health; employee well-being; preventive medicine

Prof. Dr. Jon Andoni Duñabeitia Landaburu

School of Languages and Education, Universidad Nebrija, Spain

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reading; bilingualism; mental lexicon; psycholinguistics; applied linguistics

Research Keywords
reading; bilingualism; mental lexicon; psycholinguistics; applied linguistics

Dr. Alberto Mantovani

Istituto Superiore di Sanità, Italy

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food, nutrition and health; environment and health; transdisciplinary collaboration approaches

Research Keywords
food, nutrition and health; environment and health; transdisciplinary collaboration approaches

Prof. Dr. Richard Gray

La Trobe University, Australia

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nursing; social sciences; neuroscience; psychology

Research Keywords
nursing; social sciences; neuroscience; psychology

Call for Submissions

Dear scientists, researchers, and authors,

We need to look at the pandemic from many sides, and we think we have covered many important aspects with your help in the different sessions of this conference. We aim to have a discussion relating to infectious disease, global health, mental health, reproductive health, occupational health, and environmental exposure, etc.

We proudly invite the global community of scholars to join ECERPH-3 to present their latest public health research and development and share novel ideas on COVID-19 topics. Thanks to the flexibility of our innovative electronic platform, you are welcome both to upload and present your work and to attend the conference completely free of charge. We have also created a Special Issue for selected conference papers in our journal International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601, IF 2.849). Papers submitted to this Special Issue, if accepted for publication, will receive a 20% discount on the Article Processing Charges.

ECERPH-3 offers you the opportunity to participate in an international scholarly conference without the concerns and expense of travelling—all you need is to have access to the Internet. During the conference period, you will be able to upload papers, posters, presentations (including videos) and comment on other presentations, and otherwise engage with fellow scholars in real time. In this way, the conference offers a novel opportunity to exchange opinions and views within the scholarly community and to discuss the papers and latest research in a discussion forum.

Paper Submission Guidelines:
For information about the procedure for submission, peer-review, revision and acceptance of conference proceedings papers, please refer to the section "Instructions for Authors".

Timeline:
Abstract Submission Deadline: 23 October 2020 10 December 2020
Notification of Acceptance: 28 October 2020 17 December 2020
Full Paper Submission Deadline: 18 November 2020 4 January 2021
Conference Open: 25 November–9 December 2020 11-25 January 2021

We look forward to receiving your research papers and to welcoming you to this 3rd edition of the e-conference.

Kind regards,
Conference Chair
Prof. Dr. Jon Øyvind Odland
Department of Community Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, The Norwegian University for Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway
Conference Secretariat
Ms. Cici Zhou
Ms. Rainy Han
ECERPH-3 Secretary
E-Mail: [email protected]



Instructions for Authors

Submission
Submissions should be done by the authors online by registering with https://sciforum.net/, and using the "Start New Submission" function once logged into system.
  1. Scholars interested in participating with the conference can submit their abstract (about 200-300 words covering the areas of manuscripts for the proceedings issue) online on this website until 23 October 2020 10 December 2020.
  2. The Conference Committee will pre-evaluate, based on the submitted abstract, whether a contribution from the authors of the abstract will be welcome for the 3rd International Electronic Conference on Environmental Research and Public Health. All authors will be notified by 28 October 2020 17 December 2020 about the acceptance of their abstract.
  3. If the abstract is accepted for this conference, the author is asked to submit the manuscript, optionally along with a poster and/or PowerPoint and/or video presentation of his/her paper (only PDF), until the submission deadline of 18 November 2020 4 January 2021.
  4. The conference proceedings papers and presentations will be available on https://sciforum.net/conference/ECERPH-3 for discussion during the time of the conference 25 November-9 December 2020 11-25 January 2021 and will be published in Journal Proceedings.
  5. The accepted papers will be published free of charge in the journal Proceedings of the conference itself. The Open Access Journal IJERPH will publish a Special Issue of the conference to include extended and expanded version of conference proceedings papers, with a 20% discount on the Article Processing Charges (the submission to the journal is independent from the conference proceedings and will follow the usual process of the journal, including peer-review, APC, etc.).

Proceedings Paper
Manuscripts for the proceedings issue must have the following organization:


First page:

  • Title
  • Full author names
  • Affiliations (including full postal address) and authors' e-mail addresses
  • Abstract (200-250 words)
  • Keywords
  • Introduction
  • Methods
  • Results and Discussion
  • Conclusions
  • (Acknowledgements)
  • References

Manuscripts should be prepared in MS Word or any other word processor and should be converted to the PDF format before submission. The publication format will be PDF. The manuscript should count at least 3 pages (incl. figures, tables and references) and should not exceed 6 pages.

Presentation Slides
Authors are encouraged to prepare a presentation in PowerPoint or similar software, to be displayed online along with the Manuscript. Slides, if available, will be displayed directly in the website using Sciforum.net's proprietary slides viewer. Slides can be prepared in exactly the same way as for any traditional conference where research results can be presented. Slides should be converted to the PDF format before submission so that our process can easily and automatically convert them for online displaying.

Submission of Manuscripts
Submission: Manuscripts should be submitted online at https://sciforum.net/login by registering and logging in to this website.

Accepted File Formats

  • MS Word: Manuscript prepared in MS Word must be converted into a single file before submission. When preparing manuscripts in MS Word, the 3rd International Electronic Conference on Environmental Research and Public Health Microsoft Word template file (see download below) must be used. Please do not insert any graphics (schemes, figures, etc.) into a movable frame which can superimpose the text and make the layout very difficult.
  • LaTeX: Manuscripts prepared in LaTeX must be collated into one ZIP folder (include all source files and images, so that the Conference Secretariat can recompile the submitted PDF). When preparing manuscripts in LaTeX, please use the 3rd International Electronic Conference on Environmental Research and Public Health LaTeX template files.
The 3rd International Electronic Conference on Environmental Research and Public Health Microsoft Word template file and LaTex template file

Manuscript Preparation
  • Paper Format: A4 paper format, the printing area is 17.5 cm x 26.2 cm. The margins should be 1.75 cm on each side of the paper (top, bottom, left, and right sides).
  • Paper Length: The conference proceedings paper should not be longer than 6 pages. The conference manuscript should be as concise as possible.
  • Formatting / Style: The paper style of the Journal Proceedings should be followed. You may download the template file to prepare your paper (see above). The full titles and the cited papers must be given. Reference numbers should be placed in square brackets [ ], and placed before the punctuation; for example [4] or [1-3], and all the references should be listed separately and as the last section at the end of the manuscript.
  • Authors List and Affiliation Format: Authors' full first and last names must be given. Abbreviated middle name can be added. For papers written by various contributors a corresponding author must be designated. The PubMed/MEDLINE format is used for affiliations: complete street address information including city, zip code, state/province, country, and email address should be added. All authors who contributed significantly to the manuscript (including writing a section) should be listed on the first page of the manuscript, below the title of the article. Other parties, who provided only minor contributions, should be listed under Acknowledgments only. A minor contribution might be a discussion with the author, reading through the draft of the manuscript, or performing English corrections.
  • Figures, Schemes and Tables: Authors are encouraged to prepare figures and schemes in color. Full color graphics will be published free of charge. Figure and schemes must be numbered (Figure 1, Scheme I, Figure 2, Scheme II, etc.) and a explanatory title must be added. Tables should be inserted into the main text, and numbers and titles for all tables supplied. All table columns should have an explanatory heading. Please supply legends for all figures, schemes and tables. The legends should be prepared as a separate paragraph of the main text and placed in the main text before a table, a figure or a scheme.

Potential Conflicts of Interest
It is the authors' responsibility to identify and declare any personal circumstances or interests that may be perceived as inappropriately influencing the representation or interpretation of clinical research. If there is no conflict, please state here "The authors declare no conflict of interest." This should be conveyed in a separate "Conflict of Interest" statement preceding the "Acknowledgments" and "References" sections at the end of the manuscript. Financial support for the study must be fully disclosed under "Acknowledgments" section.
Copyright

MDPI, the publisher of the Sciforum.net platform, is an open access publisher. We believe that authors should retain the copyright to their scholarly works. Hence, by submitting a Communication paper to this conference, you retain the copyright of your paper, but you grant MDPI the non-exclusive right to publish this paper online on the Sciforum.net platform. This means you can easily submit your paper to any scientific journal at a later stage and transfer the copyright to its publisher (if required by that publisher).

Sponsors and Partners

Organizers


Media partners

Conference Secretariat


Ms. Cici Zhou
Ms. Rainy Han
MDPI Branch Office, Beijing, China
E-Mail: [email protected]

For information regarding sponsoring opportunities, please contact the conference secretariat.

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