Prof. Eric Chivian

is the Founder and former Director of the Center for Health and the Global Environment, and former Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, both at Harvard Medical School. In 1980, he founded International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, recipient of the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize. During the past 26 years, he has worked to involve physicians in the United States and abroad in efforts to protect the environment, and to increase public understanding of the potential human health consequences of global environmental change. He was senior editor and author of MIT Press’ Critical Condition: Human Health and the Environment.  In 1996, Dr. Chivian founded and became director of the Center for Health and the Global Environment at Harvard Medical School, the first center at a medical school in the United States focusing on the human health dimensions of global environmental change. Chivian developed and directed the Harvard Medical School course “Human Health and Global Environmental Change”.  He is currently an Associate of the Organismic and Evolutionary Biology Department at Harvard University. Dr. Chivian has lectured widely in the U.S. and abroad, at hundreds of venues, to tens of thousands of people, and has appeared on national television and radio and in the print media in numerous countries to millions more. Dr. Chivian is the editor and lead author, with Dr. Aaron Bernstein, of the critically-acclaimed book Sustaining Life: How Human Health Depends on Biodiversity. He has over 100 publications, including 33 published letters in The New York Times.  Together with the Rev. Richard Cizik, then Vice President for Governmental Affairs of the National Association of Evangelicals, Chivian was named by Time  in 2008 as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World.

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