Symposium Topics:

  • Health Risks from Wildfires
  • Protective Measures from Wildfires
  • Climate Change Role and Wildfires
  • Worker Protection
  • Latest Research on Wildfires
  • Biomonitoring
  • Wildfire Preparedness


The Conference Center at
UCI Research Park
5301 California Avenue, Suite 120
Irvine, CA 92617

Parking is free and available on site.
Parking map

Event Description

Come together with regional and national occupational health professionals for a chance to learn from leading experts about this growing crisis and network with others in sunny southern California!

Day 1 of our symposium will consist of a full day of presentations covering health effects from wildfire smoke, past and ongoing NIOSH research on wildland firefighters, regulations surrounding worker protection from wildfire smoke, and research on the impact of climate change on wildfires. Keynote speakers include nationally and internationally recognized experts, Dr. John Balmes from University of California San Francisco on the new California mandate that employers provide respirators for outdoor workers during wildfires as well as other relevant regulations and Dr. Jefferey Burgess from University of Arizona on firefighter health effects and the Fire Fighter Cancer Cohort Study and its recent WUI extension.

Day 2 of our symposium will be a morning session continuing on the theme of wildfires with panels and speakers on the topics of biomonitoring as it pertains to wildfires from the California Department of Public Health Biomonitoring program and wildfire research and computer modeling. Industrial Hygiene specialist Michelle Rosales will speak on exposure monitoring after wildfires and assessing health risks from wildfire-related property damage. Ms. Rosales is one of the primary authors of “Technical Guide for Wildfire Impact Assessments for the OEHS Professional 2018”.

Download the Agenda

Who should attend?

  • Local, regional, and national health care providers, including physicians specializing in occupational medicine, pulmonology, internal medicine, family medicine, emergency medicine, and allergy as well as mid-level practitioners and nurses
  • Industrial Hygienists
  • Toxicologists
  • Environmental researchers
  • Anyone interested in obtaining more information on personal and public health impacts from wildfires

Event Registration

Breakfast, lunch and snacks are included for the first day of the conference. Breakfast and snacks will be provided on the half day.

Registration Fees




Early Registration (deadline extended to January 17, 2020)

Standard Registration (available through January 31, 2020)

Resident/Student/Trainee (If additional financial assistance is needed, please contact Leslie Owens at 949-824-5860, lpowens@uci.edu)

Online registration is now closed. However, walk-in registration will be available. If you plan to register on the day of the symposium, please contact Leslie Owens in advance so we can make food arrangements for you.

For registration questions, please contact Leslie Owens at 949-824-5860, lpowens@uci.edu.

Call for Poster Abstracts

We invite submissions of research related to wildfires in order to highlight ongoing research as it relates to wildfires nationwide. Please use this link to submit your abstract:

(You will be redirected to a secure page on our UCI School of Medicine website)


UCI-COEH Annual Symposia are planned and implemented through a joint providership with the Southern California Education and Research Center (SCERC). This 1 ½ day symposium will provide the following 6.75 continuing education credits for occupational health professionals through the Southern California Education and Research Center:

ABIH  •  BCSP  •   BRN •  CME  •   REHS

Lodging and Transportation

The symposium location is only a 10 minute drive from Orange County’s John Wayne Airport (SNA). Other nearby airports include Long Beach Airport (LGB) and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

UC Irvine has negotiated competitive rates with several hotels in the area. For information, please visit:


Symposium Planning Committee

Alya Khan, MD, MS
Symposium Chair
Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine
Occupational Medicine Residency Director

Ulrike Luderer, MD, PhD, MPH
Professor of Medicine, Developmental and Cell Biology, and Public Health
Director, Center for Occupational and Environmental Health
Interim Chief, Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine

Marion Joseph Fedoruk, MD, CIH, DABT, FACMT, FACOEM
Clinical Professor of Medicine
Medical Director, Center for Occupational and Environmental Health Clinic

Michael Kleinman, PhD
Professor of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Co-Director, Air Pollution Health Effects Laboratory

Administrative Staff

Ani Adzhemyan

Stacey Kojaku
Website Administrator

Laura Massena
Administrator/MSO III

Leslie Owens
Registration Administrator

Dale Steiss
Symposium Coordinator

Contact Us

For registration questions, please contact Leslie Owens at 949-824-5860, lpowens@uci.edu.
For other concerns, please contact Dale Steiss, Symposium Coordinator, at steissd@uci.edu.

If you would like to be notified of updates, please email us at coeh@uci.edu. We look forward to seeing you in February!