NIOSH ERC Pilot Projects Research Symposium

Friday, June 22, 2018    12:00 PM - 3:45 PM


Click the following links to download Symposium Agenda and Flyer

Keynote Speaker: Robert D. Daniels, PhD
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), Education and Information Division (EID)

About the Pilot Projects Research Training Program

The goal of the Pilot Projects Research Training Program is to enhance Southwest Center for Occupational and Environmental Health (SWCOEH) regional outreach efforts in research training and to foster stronger inter-institutional ties in occupational health research within Public Health Region 6 (PHR 6) (Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas). This program is directed by David I. Douphrate, PhD, MPT, MBA, CPE.

The objective of the program is to provide a support mechanism for pilot research projects initiated by:


  • Junior faculty exploring the feasibility of new research approaches that may allow investigators to collect preliminary data to subsequently develop larger grant applications
  • Graduate research trainees that need partial or supplementary funding to complete or enhance short term studies (e.g., doctoral dissertation research); and/or
  • Faculty in areas other than occupational health research who wish to transition or expand their research interest to workers' health issues (“new faculty investigators”).

The 2017-2018 PPRTP awardees will present their research over the course of the afternoon symposium.

Learning Objectives

Target Audience: Physicians, Nurses, Safety Professionals, Industrial Hygienists, Epidemiologists and Graduate Students involved in Occupational Safety and Health.

Continuing Medical Education
determination of credit is pending.

At the conclusion of the symposium, participants will be able to:

¨ Explain the primary challenges found in the field of occupational health and safety.

¨ Outline the key concepts in the innovative research presented during the symposium.

¨ Hypothesize how the results of one or more of these projects potentially impacts clinical practice.

¨ Propose novel approaches for enhancing knowledge, skills and clinical applications.


Keynote Speaker

Cancer in the Fire Service, An Overview of Completed Research.

Robert D. Daniels, PhD

NIOSH Education and Information Division

Dr. Daniels has over 30 years of experience as a safety professional serving the military, private sector, and federal government. He has been with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) as a health physicist and epidemiologist since 2001. His research interests include exposure science and health effects among working populations, with emphasis on cancer among firefighters and workers exposed to ionizing radiation. He is currently assigned to the Risk Evaluation Branch as senior epidemiologist. Dr. Daniels is also the NIOSH liaison to the Fire Department of the City of New York (FDNY) for the World Trade Center Health Program (WTCHP). He is certified by the American Board of Health Physics and has received a Ph.D. in Epidemiology from the University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine. He has authored several papers published in leading scientific journals, including multiple works from the NIOSH pooled study of U.S. Firefighters and the International Nuclear Workers Study (INWORKS).


Awardee Presentations

Presentations by Pilot Projects Research Training Awardees:

Marcio L. S. Bezerra, MS

University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
Oxidative Gases and Particulates' Oxidative Potential from Non-conventional Welding

Yu Feng, PhD
Oklahoma State University
A Virtual Human System for Health Risk Assessments in a Representative Whole-lung Configuration Associated with Welding Fume Exposure

Erika Figueroa, MS

UTHealth School of Public Health Houston
Working Conditions and Health in Central America

Jennifer M. Reingle Gonzalez, PhD
UTHealth School of Public Health Dallas
Law Enforcement Officer Stress Response Surveillance Study (LEO-STRESS) Pilot

Ashley Shortz, MSPH

Texas A&M School of Public Health

Development of Fatigue Risk Assessment Method for High Risk Environments

Wei-Chung Su, PhD

UTHealth School of Public Health Houston

Ultrafine Particle Respiratory Deposition Measurement

Ying Xu, Ph.D.

University of Texas at Austin

Occupational Exposure to SVOCs from Indoor 'Green' Paints


This session is FREE, and open to all.

Please note that venue capacity is full as of Thursday morning, 06/21/2018. If you would like to register and attend via WebEx or ITV from other campuses please see below instructions.

Please contact Michelle.r.McDaniel@uth.tmc.edu with registration or connection questions.

A light lunch will be served at the beginning of the symposium.

Please contact your ITV administrator if you would like to receive this seminar via an ITV transmission. San Antonio ITV will be located in room 1135 and Austin will use room 6.320.

WebEx for off campus participation – click here for connection instructions and select the best option.

For additional symposium information contact: Ms. Peggy Weinshilboum at (713) 500-9479 or PilotProjects@uth.tmc.edu

Location & Parking


The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth)
School of Public Health

1200 Pressler St. Houston, TX 77030
Reuel A. Stallones (RAS) Building
6th floor, East Wing, Room 605

Click here for directions

Parking Information

Visitor parking is available in front of the UTHealth School of Public Health in a very limited capacity for a fee up to $20.00 per day.

Parking can also be found at TMC Garage 2 across Holcombe off Bertner.

Click Here for Garage 2 Rates and Map

Contact Us

Southwest Center for Occupational and Environmental Health

Peggy Weinshilboum - PPRTP Coordinator

Phone: 713-500-9479

Michelle McDaniel - Continuing Education Coordinator
Email: Michelle.R.McDaniel@uth.tmc.edu
Phone: 713-500-9447

To learn more about the SWCOEH, please visit us on the web at www.swcoeh.org


Your Best Reponse to a Changing World!

The Southwest Center for Occupational and Environmental Health (SWCOEH) supports research, education and outreach in occupational and environmental health. The SWCOEH is housed within the Department of Epidemiology, Human Genetics and Environmental Sciences of the UTHealth School of Public Health and is under the leadership of Elaine Symanski, PhD who serves as Director.

The SWCOEH was established in 1977 as a NIOSH-funded Education and Research Center (ERC), now one of 18 ERCs in the nation. In 1985, the SWCOEH became a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Occupational Health.

Visit www.SWCOEH.org to learn more about our graduate-level education in environmental and occupational health, research and continuing education and outreach programs.

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