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Keynote Speaker

2010 Keynote Speaker:

William J. Martin II, M.D.

Associate Director,
National Institute for
Environmental Health Sciences

Office of Translational Research
National Institutes of Health

Keynote Address Title:

Earth, Wind and Fire: the Struggle of the World's Poor"

William J. 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.

Dr. Martin 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. Congress.

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.

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