UAB public health expert joins inaugural class of NIH Climate and Health Scholars

Zhen Cong, Ph.D., will join NIH efforts to reduce health threats from climate change.

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Zhen Cong, Ph.D., professor in the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health and director of the Climate and Health Initiative, was selected as a Climate and Health Scholar by the National Institutes of Health. The inaugural class includes eight scientists from universities across the United States who will join NIH efforts to reduce health threats from climate change. 

“It is a great honor to be selected. It is wonderful to work with people from NIH, especially from the National Institute on Aging, as well as other scholars in this important area,” said Cong, who is a professor in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences. “I look forward to sharing my knowledge, experiences and passion, and I also look forward to gaining insights and learning from those great people.”

During her time as a scholar, Cong will be involved in several initiatives, such as reaching out to organizations for discussions on climate and health and conducting a portfolio analysis of funded projects.