ERS | monograph Guest Editors Isabella Annesi-Maesano Isabella Annesi-Maesano is the NIH Research Director and Professor of Environmental Epidemiology at the Universities Pierre and Marie Curie (UPMC) and Rene ´ Descartes (both Paris, France), and Director of the Dept of Epidemiology of Allergic and Respiratory Diseases (EPAR) ( at the Institute Pierre Louis of Epidemiology and Public Health of the French NIH and the UPMC in Paris. In 2013, she was appointed as a member of the Directoire at the Observatory for the Sciences of the Universe ‘‘Ecce Terra’’ at UPMC. She is an active member of several professional societies, including the European Respiratory Society (ERS), the American Thoracic Society (ATS), the European Academy of Allergology and Clinical Immunology (EAACI) and the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology (ISEE). She is currently a member of the ERS Environmental and Health Committee, and Chair of the EAACI Interest Group Aerobiology and Air Pollution. She previously served as a member of the ERS Executive Committee, Chair and Secretary of the Occupation and Epidemiology Assembly, and Chair and Programme Secretary of the Respiratory Diseases section of the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease. She serves on several editorial boards, including the European Respiratory Journal, the European Respiratory Review and Allergy. Isabella Annesi-Maesano was trained as a respiratory epidemiolo- gist after a double curriculum in physics and medicine, and a PhD in epidemiology and biostatistics. Her personal research interest focuses on the distribution and aetiology of asthma, COPD, interstitial pulmonary diseases and rhinitis using an exposomic approach (the internal and external environmental stressors an individual encounters in their lifespan, particularly their early life), and identifying phenotypes/endotypes. Her research has been funded by the French Ministries of Health, Research, and Environment and Sustainable Development, the French Environmental Agency (ANSES), the European Commission, and others. Since 2013, she has coordinated the interdisciplinary translational research project HEALS (Health and Environment- wide Associations based on Large population Surveys) part of the Copyright ERS 2014. Print ISBN: 978-1-84984-052-1. Online ISBN: 978-1-84984-053-8. Print ISSN: 2312-508X. Online ISSN: 2312-5098. ERS Monogr 2014 65: xi–xiii. DOI: 10.1183/2312508X.10008714 xi
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