Research

We help our community stay informed by creating a database of relevant articles and discussing current literature on the intersections between climate and health. We also support members in initiating research projects, facilitating collaborations within our group, and connecting students to research mentors.

MS4SF Educational Initiative on Climate and Health Research

MS4SF is asking for your help to engage more medical students with climate and health research. If you have research-related skills that you are able to share, we hope that you can join our efforts.

Two opportunities are available: record a short presentation to be posted online or participate in a live zoom meeting.

Please submit this form before 9/23.

Help write a climate change and health textbook chapter:

Dr. Kevin Conrad at Ochsner Health Systems in New Orleans has a book confirmed for publication and is looking for writers for the chapters. The book is titled “Healthcare Systems and Climate Change: New Perspectives on Adapting and Overcoming Organizational Challenges.” This will be the fifth book he publishes with Springer Publishing.

Medical students, masters students, and graduate students are welcome to be writers as long as they find a faculty mentor. Each chapter will essentially be a literature review of 10-20 pages with ample sources. Please direct comments and questions to Dr. Kevin Conrad (kconrad@ochsner.org) if interested. Click here for chapters.

Climate Resources for Health Education (CRHE)

Are you interested in writing and publishing slides & cases on climate change and health? 

Join the Climate Resources for Health Education (CRHE) team! We develop expert reviewed climate-health slides and cases for medical schools to use to teach students about the impact of climate change on health. Learn more about our program and sign up as a writer or expert reviewer for our program here. Attendings, fellows, residents, medical students, and non-physicians scientists are welcome! 

Project Opportunities

Student Recruitment:

Open, paid LCA research associate position in our “GreenHealth Sustainability” research lab working closely with oncologists, Osama Mohamad and Katie Lichter from the University of California San Francisco, and Dr. Cassandra Thiel from New York University.
Position: Oncology Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) Research Associate
Contract duration: 3-12 months (3 mo minimum, with 12+ months possible upon funding availability)
Start date: As soon as possible
Location: San Francisco, CA (remote, in-person, or hybrid).
Overview: Climate change is one of the greatest threats to global and public health today — including oncologic outcomes. Despite being on the frontlines, health care contributes an estimated 8.5% of total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. This has previously been quantified via LCAs; however, no LCAs have been performed within oncology. We aim to quantify the greenhouse gas emissions via a life cycle assessment for a variety of malignancy pathways.

Details: Looking for a graduate student and/or early professional with:

– Experience performing LCAs using SimaPro software.
– Prior healthcare research experience is preferred but not required.
– In de​pth statistical and excel skills.
– Strong work ethic is a must.

Please send CV/cover letter to katie.lichter@ucsf.edu.

Journal Club

  • We regularly host a virtual Journal Club on Climate and Health in collaboration with Health Care Without Harm! Join us to participate!
  • Upcoming Journal Clubs
    • Stay tuned for our next journal club update
  • If you’re interested in serving as a student representative for one of our upcoming journal clubs, please contact Donald, Raj, or Manolya Osman!

Research Mentors

Are you looking for research mentors to support your climate change and health related projects? Donald or Raj can help connect you with an MS4SF mentor that shares similar interests and/or is geographically close to you. 

Resources

Please refer HERE for the MS4SF-curated list of interesting journals, articles, and books featuring topics related to climate change and health. We are looking for members who are interested in reviewing the articles.

Check out the NIH Climate Change and Human Health Literature Portal here for more resources!


Research Co-Chairs

Raj Fadadu, MS, MS3

UCSF

Raj Fadadu is now a third year medical student at the University of California, San Francisco after receiving his MS through the Joint Medical Program with the University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health. He has a background in environmental health sciences research, with a focus on air pollution. As a Bay Area native, he is particularly interested in wildfires and how the resulting air pollution has a wide range of health effects. He has also worked with his institutions on integration of climate and health education into medical school curriculum and helped lead the first NorCal Symposium on Climate and Pandemic Resilience in Health Care. He is excited to connect with other students interested in climate and health research and applications for advocacy, education, and justice. 

Raj.fadadu@ucsf.edu

Twitter: @r_fadadu

Donald De Alwis, MS1

University of Maryland School of Medicine

Donald is a first year medical student at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) in Baltimore, MD. His undergraduate training was in Environmental Science and Public Health, and he has a research background in toxicology/environmental health. Donald is passionate about quantifying the health and economic costs of climate change, and prior to his arrival at UMSOM he spent time as a consulting research analyst for the Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health. He is a founding member of the University of Maryland MS4SF chapter and is excited to help students find research opportunities at the climate-health nexus.

ddealwis@som.umaryland.edu

Twitter: @donald_dealwis

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