Baoli Zhu

Jiangsu Provincial Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Nanjing, China

Dr. Baoli Zhu, born in February 1966, currently is the Party Secretary, deputy director, and chief physician of the Jiangsu Provincial Center for Disease Control and Prevention, in charge of several key institutions including the Institute of Occupational Disease Control and the Institute of Radiological Protection.

His main research interests are occupational health and poisoning control. He also serves as a member of the National Steering Committee on Occupational Disease Diagnosis and Appraisal, the National Committee on Occupational Health Standards, the Technical Committee under the State Administration of Work Safety. With honorable titles such as "Leading Medical Talent in Jiangsu Province", he also acts as board member of the China Occupational Safety and Health Association (COSHA), board member of the China Health Inspection Association, vice chairman of China Health Education Association Occupational Health Promotion Branch, member of the standing committee of Chinese Preventive Medicine Association Labor Health and Occupational Disease Branch, chairman of Jiangsu Provincial Preventive Medicine Association Labor Hygiene Committee, and chairman of Jiangsu Provincial Health Education Association Occupational Health Promotion Branch. He has also been invited to act as the tutor of master candidates in Nanjing Medical University, Southeast University, and Nantong University.

He is the member of the editorial boards of some top journals including Chinese Journal of Industrial Medicine and Journal of Environmental&occupational Medicine. He was the principal investigator of several key research projects supported by the National Health and Family Planning Commission or by Jiangsu Province. He has been engaged in the development of national occupational health standards. Up to now, he has published more than 100 articles in peer-reviewed journals. He was also one of the key contributors of books including Target Organ Toxicology Series and Engineering of Occupational Health.

Linwei Tian, PhD

School of Public Health, The University of Hong Kong

Dr. Tian is an environmental epidemiologist with a focus on air pollution and health. He is conducting field epidemiology and laboratory work on indoor air pollution and lung cancer in Xuan Wei County, which has the highest lung cancer rates among women in China. Using spatial analysis of coal use patterns and lung cancer rates in hundreds of villages, he has raised the hypothesis that crystalline silica (quartz) in coal smoke is an important risk factor in the lung cancer epidemic in rural Xuan Wei. Currently he is working to quantify quartz and other carcinogens in coal smoke and to determine whether an exposure-response relationship can be found. Should such a linkage be found he would advocate a ban of certain types of toxic coals for residential use in China. Further, he would identify reference carcinogenic materials in coal smoke for further laboratory carcinogenesis studies.  Urbanized Hong Kong provides another unique setting to study air pollution and health. Dr. Tian has been conducting epidemiological studies in order to inform risk-based air quality control policies.