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Hanke Wojciech

E-mail: Wojciech.Hanke@imp.lodz.pl

Professor Wojciech Hanke, MD, PhD is a Research Director of the Nofer Institute of Occupational Medicine in Lodz, Poland. During his long term research career he has developed competence in designing and conducting data analyses, reporting epidemiological studies in the area of environmental health. His interest is mainly in environmental factors affecting pregnancy outcomes, male sperm quality and children psychological development. He has a long term (starting from 2005) experience in teaching foreign students of Medical University of Lodz, Poland. He is responsible for courses in Hygiene and Epidemiology and Occupational Medicine. Recently (2015) he became a member of Collegium Ramazzini. This is a world-wide known organization of researchers working in the area of environmental/occupational health.
Prof. Wojciech Hanke was trained as an environmental/occupational epidemiologist in the National Institute of Occupational Medicine in USA (1981-1983). He further developed his skills as a project officer in several Polish and international research grants dealing with assessment of the risk related to environmental factors for poor pregnancy outcomes (preterm delivery, low birth weight, small for gestational age) and children health problems (asthma, overweight, disturbed psych-motor development).
For the last 17 years he has supervised a number of research projects run at the Nofer Institute of Occupational Medicine in Lodz, Poland (about 40 projects annually). He has extensive and intensive contacts with the institute's researchers, including a large group of those at the beginning of their scientific career.
Prof. Wojciech Hanke was a member of the Scientific Committee on Health and Environmental Risks (SCHER) at DG SANCO (2004-2009). At that time he was involved in preparation of several opinions in the area of indoor air pollutants and risk assessment methodology.
Prof. Wojciech Hanke is a member of the Polish Public Health Committee - one of the organizational bodies of the Polish Science Academy (since 2008). His expertise covers the area of epidemiology and environmental health. He has good working relationships with representatives of the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Environment.
He is a Consultant of the Polish Ministry of Health in the area of environmental health (since 2015). This function involves a large scope of advisory activities and provision of expertise for different legal bodies in Poland. Prof. Hanke has built a residency training program for health professionals in Poland. The aim of the program is to prepare specialists from the public sectors able to recognize, assess, mitigate and prevent diseases triggered by environmental factors by building training capacities in modern knowledge, methods and concepts of environmental health.
Prof. Hanke is a representative of the Ministry of Health for Environmental and Health Process (since 2009). He was involved in preparation of Polish input for the Fifth Ministerial Conference on Environment and Health in Parma (2010). He is WHO contact person for environmental health in Poland. During this period as part of his work he has developed good working relationships with many Eastern and Central European Countries.
He has been involved in the process of controlling air pollution emission from household sources in Poland. He intensively collaborates with the Ministry of Environment on building the Clean Air Strategy. He was successful in supporting the process of building human resources on both central and local level and significantly contributed to raising public awareness and spreading new pro-environment attitude in the general population as well as to strengthening the system of environment health education.
Prof. Wojciech Hanke is a board member of the International Network of Children's Health Environment & Safety (since 2009). Within this Society he has developed good working relationships with researchers from several Central and Eastern European countries.

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