Prestigious international health journal finds a new home at UH medical school

University of Hawaiʻi
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Posted: Jul 15, 2002

The university‘s John A. Burns School of Medicine has been selected as the new home for Ecosystem Health, the leading international journal for integrative research on the relationship between the health of ecosystems, human health, and sustainability.

"We‘re very pleased with the journal‘s decision," said Edwin Cadman, dean of the medical school. "This demonstrates the growing recognition of both the medical school and University of Hawaiʻi as world class and committed to becoming the leading research and teaching institution in the Asia-Pacific Region with a focus on global society‘s most significant issues."

Ecosystem health is a newly emerging transdisciplinary field focusing the relationship between the condition of ecosystems, including developed urban and rural environments as well as natural ecosystems, and the health and well being of human populations. The journal, published out of the University of Guelph in Canada since 1996, includes peer-reviewed articles on global change and human health, emerging infectious disease, conservation medicine, ecosystem management and sustainability, and ethics and social equity. Its associate editors and editorial board include a number of internationally prominent scientists and physicians, several of whom are members of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences.

Bruce Wilcox, professor and chair of the UH medical school‘s new Division of Ecology and Health, will be the journal‘s Editor-in-Chief. "The choice to relocate the journal here was made largely as result of the commitment demonstrated both by the medical school and the university to innovation and leadership in the fields of environment, medicine, health, and sustainability," Wilcox said.

The journal‘s publisher is Springer, a highly respected science publisher based in Heidelberg Germany, with a U.S. office in New York. Announcement of the new home for the editorial office was made at the annual meeting of the International Society for Ecosystem Health in Washington, D.C.