the area of epidemiology and has been invited to more than 178 scientific events, both national and international. He built an inter-institutional team called the Environmental Health Unit dedicated to environmental health research, and as the leader of this group he has produced a large number of scientific articles in the area of lead poison. Dr. Hernández is a researcher of national and international prestige. He has been a member of the National Academy of Medicine since 1993 and of the National System of Researchers (Level III National Investigator) since 1990. He also sits on the Committee of Biomedical Sciences of CONACyT.

Jeffrey P. Koplan, M.D., M.P.H., is Vice President for Academic Health Affairs of Emory University’s Woodruff Health Sciences Center. In this position, he is responsible for coordination and oversight of academic matters including research and education in Emory’s schools of medicine, nursing, and public health and the Yerkes National Primate Research Center. From 1998 to 2002, Dr. Koplan served as the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Dr. Koplan began his public health career in the early 1970s as one of the CDC’s celebrated “disease detectives,” more formally known as Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Officers. Since then, he has worked on virtually every major public health issue, including infectious diseases such as smallpox and HIV/AIDS, environmental issues such as the Bhopal chemical disaster, and the health toll of tobacco and chronic diseases, both in the United States and around the globe. He recently chaired the Institute of Medicine committee on preventing childhood obesity and is internationally active in promoting healthy nutrition and physical activity. From 1994 to 1998, he pursued his interest in enhancing the interactions between clinical medicine and public health by leading the Prudential Center for Health Care Research, a nationally recognized health services research organization. Dr. Koplan is a graduate of Yale College, the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, and the Harvard School of Public Health. He is a Master of the American College of Physicians and was elected to membership in the Institute of Medicine, where he was elected to the Governing Council. He has served on many advisory groups and consultancies in the U.S. and overseas, and has written more than 190 scientific papers. He is a trustee of Yale University, The Marcus Family Foundation, HealthMPowers, and Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Georgia, Inc.

Ruy López is Chief of the Chronic Disease Division of the Population and Health Research Center at the National Institute of Public Health, Mexico. He has an M.D., Residency in Internal Medicine, and M.Sc. from the National University of Mexico and an Sc.D. candidate in Nutritional Epidemiology from Harvard University. His research and publications have focused

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