Dardynskaia Irina, MD, PhD is a Research Associate Professor at the Division of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences; Director of the Collaborative Research and Education Initiative on Health Risks Reduction Strategies in Populations of the US and Russian Arctic; and the Director of the Center for Anthropoecology and Public Health at the International Sakharov Environmental Institute of the Belarusian State University
Courses Taught: Radiation Protection course for graduate students in majors within the Division of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago, School of Public Health; International Atomic Agency Post-Graduate Educational Course on Radiation Protection and Safe Use of Radiation; Passive to Active Radon Mitigation Systems Course at the University of Illinois at Chicago; Environmental Epidemiology courses at the Research Institute of Occupational Medicine of the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences, Moscow, Russia and the International Sakharov Environmental University; Research Ethics and Environmental Health Policy Courses within Fogarty ITREOH programs in Russia, Belarus and Ukraine; ASPHER Summer Institute Courses on Research Ethics; Research Ethics and HIV Health Care Policy Courses funded by the US Civilian Research and Development Foundation.
Current projects: Dr. Dardynskaia is a PI of the NIH funded Case-Control and Mixed Methods Study of HIV Risk and Protection among Labor Migrants to Russia, and a Collaborative Research and Education Initiative on Health Risks Reduction Strategies in Populations of the US and Russian Arctic Exposed to POPs and heavy metals in the Arctic changing climate. The project intends to set health region profiles to provide up-to-date information about current and future impacts of climate change on human health in these regions, and to develop current policy responses in individual countries.
Areas of interest: Dr. Dardynskaia areas of research include health effects of climate change, radiation and chemical exposures on populations of low and middle income countries; environmental global health risks and risks reduction strategies; and global HIV/AIDS health care policy. She has over 90 scientific publications in the areas of environmental and occupational health, bioethics, health effects of radiation and POPs exposure, and public health policy.
Other: During last 18 years Dr. Dardynskaia Co-Directed Fogarty ITREOH programs in Russia, Belarus and Ukraine. She was a PI of the multiple collaborative research and training projects in these countries.
Dr. Dardynskaia is a Member of the International Advisory Council (IAC) of the at the International Sakharov Environmental Institute of the Belarusian State University, and Advisory Board Member of the International Public Health Programs at North-Western State Medical University named after I.I. Mechnikov at St. Petersburg, Russia.
Dr. Dardynskaia is a Member of the Editorial Boards of J. Environmental Bulletin, Minsk, Belarus; Ukrainian Journal on Bioethics; Ukrainian Journal of Environment and Health; Journal of Preventive and Clinical Medicine, Russia; and Journal of Risk Analysis and Health, Russia.
Dr. Dardynskaia has award from the U.S.S.R. Council of Ministers for excellence in reducing children’s mortality in Belarus, and awards from the U.S.S.R. Council of Ministers and Chicago Sister Cities International for commitment to humanity and work on Chernobyl accident