Keynote Address Title:
"Earth, Wind and
the Struggle of the World's Poor"
Martin II, M.D. joined the National Institute of Environmental
Health Sciences as Associate Director, NIEHS and Director, Office of
Translational Research, in March 2006 with a special interest in
developing new approaches in the application of research discoveries
to benefit vulnerable populations in the developing world.
received his M.D. from the University of Minnesota in 1974, and
completed his pulmonary and critical care training at Mayo Clinic in
1979. Following completion of his research training in the Pulmonary
Branch at the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, he joined
the staff of Mayo Clinic as a clinician-investigator in 1981. While
on faculty at Indiana University, Dr. Martin served as a Health
Policy Fellow, United States Senate, Labor and Human Resources
Committee in 1995-1996.
He also served
as the Director of Pulmonary and Critical Care at Indiana University
for twelve years before becoming the Executive Associate Dean for
Clinical Affairs at the University's School of Medicine. Dr. Martin
recently served as the Dean of the University of Cincinnati College
of Medicine and is a past president of the American Thoracic
Society. He served as a volunteer physician for Project Hope on the
US Navy hospital ship, the USNS Comfort, following Hurricane Katrina
in September 2005.
As a clinician
investigator, he has authored more than 130 research and clinical
papers, and has been an NIH-funded scientist for the past 24 years.
Dr. Martin has been an invited speaker for nearly 200 events,
including testifying before the World Health Organization and U.S.
Dr. Martin is
focused on improving the health of people in the developing world by
reducing exposure of particularly women and children to indoor smoke
from burning of biomass fuels, a condition which affects 2.5 billion
people on the planet. In this capacity, Dr. Martin serves as the NIH
representative on the CDC Indo-US Joint Working Group and the EPA
Partnership for Clean Indoor Air.