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Environmental Factor

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February 2019

Miller honored as fellow of the Collegium Ramazzini

Aubrey Miller was selected to join the international occupational and environmental health academy.

NIEHS Senior Medical Advisor Aubrey Miller, M.D. Miller works in the NIEHS office in Bethesda, Maryland, where he also serves as the institute’s liaison to DHHS. (Photo courtesy of Aubrey Miller)

NIEHS Senior Medical Advisor Aubrey Miller, M.D., is among the latest group of fellows selected by the international academy Collegium Ramazzini. The academy examines critical issues in occupational and environmental medicine with a view toward action to prevent disease and promote health.

In a formal invitation penned by Morando Soffritti, M.D., secretary general of the Collegium Ramazzini, the academy recognized Miller’s scientific stature and authority, as well as his commitment to public health.

A distinguished career

As a medical epidemiologist and a recently retired captain in the U.S. Public Health Service, Miller has more than 28 years of experience and has published papers on a wide range of occupational and environmental health issues and policies. He previously served as the Chief Medical Officer for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Office of Counterterrorism and Emerging Threats.

Miller also worked as a Senior Medical Officer and Regional Toxicologist for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Office of the Secretary in Denver, where he provided leadership, expertise, and coordination for multiagency emergency responses. Miller worked on responses to the World Trade Center attack, anthrax attacks, and Hurricane Katrina.

While working as a medical officer for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Miller conducted more than 30 field investigations.

“It is energizing to be recognized for my years of work and dedication to a mission and cause that I care about deeply,” said Miller. “I am honored to become part of this larger, international network, which will give me new opportunities to work with others beyond the U.S. borders and contribute to these important efforts more broadly.”

An elite academy

Collegium Ramazzini's crest which features features the likeness of its namesake Bernardino Ramazzini The Collegium’s crest features the likeness of its namesake Bernardino Ramazzini, who wrote the seminal book on occupational diseases. (Image courtesy of the Collegium Ramazzini)

The Collegium Ramazzini includes 180 invited fellows, each with personal distinction and integrity, from about 40 different countries. They are distinguished by their contributions to occupational and environmental health. The Collegium aims to bridge the world of scientific discovery, as well as the social and political centers that must act on the discoveries of science to protect public health.

“Among the fellows of the society are scientists and leaders that I have looked up to and respected for many years,” said Miller. “A number of them are icons of occupational and environmental health. I am excited about this opportunity to be able to meet and interact with them through this professional society, and to engage in the larger geopolitical conversation about how to support the field.”

Miller joins an elite group of Collegium Ramazzini fellows and emeritus fellows. The list includes current and former members of NIEHS leadership.

  • NIEHS and National Toxicology Program (NTP) Director Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D.
  • Former NIEHS Director Kenneth Olden, Ph.D.
  • NTP Associate Director John Bucher, Ph.D.
  • Superfund Research Program Director William Suk, Ph.D.

Other past and present NIEHS scientists are also fellows.

  • Carl Barrett, Ph.D.
  • David Hoel, Ph.D.
  • James Huff, Ph.D.
  • George Lucier, Ph.D.
  • Ronald Melnick, Ph.D.
  • Walter Rogan, M.D.

(Marla Broadfoot, Ph.D., is a contract writer for the NIEHS Office of Communications and Public Liaison.)

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