Irma N. Ramos, MD
|Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences
Title: Assistant Professor
Office No: 202
Address: 485 E. Gray St
Student Office Hours: Wednesday 10AM - 11AM
Office Hours: By Appointment, contact Barbara Parker
Support Staff: Barbara Parker, Administrative Assistant, 502/852-3290
Dr. I. Ramos is a physician-scientist with formal training in pediatrics and international medicine. She has extensive experience in the field of medicine with a focus on pediatrics, public health, global environmental health education, community medicine, and community-based research. As an internationally-recognized leader in lay health worker education and training she has provided executive leadership for several nationally-recognized NIEHS community outreach and education programs. She currently serves as co-investigator for the National Children’s Center Study (NCS) for Jefferson County, Kentucky, an initiative to provide critical new information regarding environmental influences on children’s health over a 25-year period. The NCS is the largest government-funded long-term study of environmental and genetic effects on children’s health to be conducted in the United States.
Dr. Ramos current research projects are focused on fetal basis of environmentally-induced pediatric disease; community-based research with disadvantaged populations (national and international level), environmental health literacy, children’s environmental health and epigenetics of environmental disease, focusing on the study of repetitive sequences in humans.
Highlights of Accomplishments in the Public Health Field
-- Professional Recognition in 2013: Inducted into the Delta Omega Honorary Society
-- Senior leader in community outreach, education and community engagement in the field of environmental health.
-- Extensive experience (over 12 years) leading National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) community outreach, education and engagement core.
-- Community research work has been presented at the NIEHS and featured in the monthly online publication NIEHS E Factor.
-- An internationally recognized leader in lay health worker education and training.
-- Invited guest speaker for environmental section of the annual meeting American Public Health Association.
-- Invited guest speaker at the NIEHS Diversity Celebration Week.
-- Developed the first environmental health training for “promotores”/lay health workers in the Lower Rio Grande Valley training over 30 promotores.
-- Community outreach research work have been funded by NIEHS, HRSA, EPA
-- Experience organizing and hosting community forum. Among participants have been local TV and newspaper, health department director and staff, university faculty and students, community-based organizations, and community residents.
-- Organized and hosted several continuing medical education (CME, CE) seminars for health care providers (social workers, nurses, physicians, dentists).
-- Recognition of Excellence Community Outreach and Engagement by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), University of Louisville and Texas A&M University.
-- Performed successful environmental health and community assessment among Hispanics disadvantaged individuals in both Texas and Kentucky.
-- Community-based research work has been published in American Journal of Public Health (AJPH), Environmental Health Perspective (EHP), and Environmental Justice Journal.
-- Developed successful and engaging environmental health science curricula for lay health educators and community residents.
-- Served as a member of council and board of several community-based organizations such as Health Department, Centro Latino, Neighborhood Place, & Community Resource Center.
-- Experience establishing collaborations and partnership within the community and the academia.
-- Experience organizing and participating in health fairs, community forum and workshops.
-- Co-instigator National Children Study, Jefferson County Center
-- Experience teaching global issues in environmental and occupational health
1988-present American Medical Association
1995-present Puerto Rico College of Physicians and Surgeons
2004-present American Public Health Association
2005-present KY Public Health Association
2005-present Brown Cancer Center, Univ. of Louisville Health Science Center
Research Activites - Current
Crisis Standards of Care
Agency: Commonwealth of Kentucky
PI: Paul McKinney, MD
Assessing and Increasing HIV/AIDS Testing Among Female Sex Workers in Jodhpur, India - Collaboration with the UofL Brown Scholarship Program.
Epigenetics of environmental disease - Focuses on the study of repetitive sequences in humans.
Research Activites - Completed
National Children’s Study (NCS) – Jefferson County, KY Study Center
NCS is the largest government-funded long-term study of environmental and genetic effects on children’s health to be conducted in the United States. This was an initiative to provide critical new information regarding environmental influences on children’s health and develop secondary and tertiary sampling units within Jefferson County over a 25-year period.
Role: Co-investigator and Community Liaison
PI: David Tollerud, MD, MPH
Type: NCS-08-21E (RFP)
NIEHS Center for Environmental Genomics and Integrative Biology
Role: Director, Community Outreach Core
PI: Kenneth S. Ramos, MD, PhD
Type: 1 P30 ES014443-01
Amount: $4,440,000 COEC: 100,000/year
Health Effects of Occupational Exposures in PGDP Workers
PI: David Tollerud, MD, MPH
Type: R01 OH 07650
Period: 2002-2009 (renewed 2005; 2008 no cost extension)
Preparing Health Professions to Respond to Bioterrorism
PI: Paul McKinney, MD
Type: T01 HP01397
Environmental and Rural Health Education
PI: Larry Johnson, PhD
Safe Drinking Water Demonstration-Promotoras U.S.-Mexico Border Communities
PI: Irma N. Ramos, MD
Agency: HRSA, EPA
Environmental Health Training of Promotoras Along the Texas-Mexico Border
PI: Kenneth S. Ramos, MD, PhD
Selected Peer Reviewed
Ramos, K.S., Teneng, I., Montoya-Durango, D.E., Bojang, P., Haeberle, M.T., Ramos, I.N., Stribinskis, V. and Kalbfleisch, T. The intersection of genetics and epigenetics: Reactivation of mammalian LINE-1 retrotransposons by environmental injury. In Environmental Epigenomics in Health and Disease: Epigenetics and Disease Origins. Vol. 1, Heidelberg: Springer, 2013.
Ramos, I.N., Appana, S., Brock, G., Kalbfleisch, T., He, Q., and Ramos, K.S. Health status, perceptions and needs of Hispanics in rural Shelbyville, KY. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, DOI 10.1007/s10903-013-9907-4, Springer, 2013.
Ramos, I.N., Tavera-Garcia, M., Boerner, A., He, Q, and Ramos, K.S. Culturally-Tailored Health Education Programs to Address Health Literacy deficits and Pervasive Health Disparities Among Hispanics in Rural Shelbyville, Kentucky. Journal of Community Medicine and Health Education, 4 (7), 1-8, 2013.
Ramos, I.N., May, M. and Ramos, K.S. Environmental Health Training of Promotoras along the Texas-Mexico Border. American Journal of Public Health 91, 4, 568-570, 2001.
May, M L., Bowman, G.J., Ramos, K.S., Rincones, L., Rebollar, M.G., Rosa, M.L., Saldana, J., Sanchez, A.P., Serna, T., Viega, N., Villegas, G.S., Zamorano, M.G. and Ramos, I.N. Embracing Local Knowledge: Enriching Environmental Health Research, Education and Outreach on the Texas-Mexico Border Through a Participatory Action Research Methodology. Environmental Health Perspectives 11, 1571-1576, Oct. 2003.
Ramos, I.N.., He, Qiang, Davis, L. B., May, M, and Ramos, K.S. Environmental Risk Factors of Disease in the Cameron Park Colonia, a Hispanic Community along the Texas-Mexico Border. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health Vol. 10(4): 345-51, August 2008.
Nanez, A., Ramos, I.N., and Ramos, K.S. A Mutant Allele of the AHR Protects from Hydrocarbon-Induced Deficits in Renal Cellular Differentiation and Nephrogenesis. Environmental Health Perspectives, Vol. 119, 12, Dc. 2011
Ramos, I. N., He, Ramos, K.S. Improvements in Environmental Health Literacy Following a Community Wide Public Health Educational Intervention. Environmental Justice, Feb. 2012.
May, M., Ramos, I.N. and Ramos, K.S. Promotoras and environmental health awareness in the colonies. Rural Voices, Vol. 7, No. 4, Fall/Winter 2002.
On the Intersection of Genetics and Epigenetics: Reactivation of Mammalian LINE-1 Retrotransposon by Environmental Injury. Ramos, K.S., Teneng, I., Montoya, D., Bojang, P. Haeberle, T. Ramos, I.N., Stribinskis, V and Kalbfleisch, T. In Environmental Epigenetics, in press 2012.
Ramos, K. S., Ramos, I.N. Understanding the Linkages between Environmental Toxicity and Human Diseases: From Observation to Mechanistic Insights and from Insight to Therapeutics. American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), 2008.
Ramos, I.N., Ramos, K.S. He Q., Kanatra, S. Genes, Environment, Culture and Disease: Development of a Community-Based Educational Program in Shelbyville, KY. NIEHS Annual Director’s Meeting, 2008.
Ramos, I.N., Ramos, K.S. Genes, Environment, Culture and Disease: Development of a Community-Based Educational Program in the Louisville Metropolitan Area, Kentucky. NIEHS COEC Annual Meeting, 2009.
Ramos, I.N., Ramos, K.S., Garcia, I., Vega, G. "Community Engagement in Environmental Health Research”. Kentucky Engagement Conference, 2010.
Ramos, I.N., “Translating Evidence into Practice via Local Grass Roots Capacity”. AAP 139th Annual Meeting, 2011.
Ramos, K.S. and Ramos, I.N. Environmental exposures and disease prevalence in Hispanics along the Texas-Mexico border. Society of Toxicology 51st Annual Meeting, 2012.
PHEH 651: Advanced Environmental Health - Co-Director
PHEH 620: EOHS-MPH Global Issues in Environmental Health – Course Director
PHEH 750: PhD Seminar Series in Environmental & Occupational Health -Instructor
PHEH 753: PhD Independent Study in Env. & Occupational Health - Course Director
UofL Brown Fellowship Program
2010-present Jessica Nelson, Brown Fellow, Pre-med student, University of Louisville
SPHIS Masters Students
2007-2008 Nancy Reinhart, MPH Practicum Advisor, SPHIS, UofL, Recipient of the 2008 SPHIS Dean’s Award
2008-2009 Anna Young, MPH Practicum Advisor, SPHIS, UofL
2009-2010 Buddhika A. Winckmamatillake , MPH Practicum Advisor, SPHIS, UofL
2010-2011 Carrie Becher, MPH Practicum Advisor, SPHIS, UofL
2009-2010 Natasha DeJarnett, PhD Advisor, SPHIS, UofL, Recipient of the 2009 SPHIS Dean’s Award
UofL PhD Dissertation Committee
2005-2006 Bob LaRosa, PhD Dissertation Committee, SPHIS, UofL
2005-2006 Gia Mudd, PhD Dissertation Committee, School of Nursing, UofL
2006-2007 Therese Hughes, PhD Dissertation Committee, SPHIS, UofL
2006-2008 Gia Mud, PhD Dissertation Committee, School of Public Health, University of Texas
National Committees and Panels
2007, Co-chair, SOT Symposium Session: .Understanding the Linkages between Environmental Toxicity and Human Diseases: From Observation to Mechanistic Insights and from Insight to Therapeutics. SOT 46th Annual Meeting, Charlotte, North Carolina
2007, Panelist, NIEHS Centers Director Annual Meeting Session: EHS Core Centers and Translational Research through the Integrated Health Sciences Facility Cores, Oregon
2007, Co-chair, Symposium Session entitled Children, Nature, and Land Use, First Annual Conference on Law, Ethics, and the Life Sciences, Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, University of Louisville, KY
2008, Co-chair, AAAS Symposium Session entitled Understanding the Linkages between Environmental Toxicity and Human Diseases. AAAS Annual Meeting, Science and Technology from a Global Perspective, Boston, MA
2008, Co-chair, AAAS Symposium Session: Understanding the Linkages between Environmental Toxicity and Human Diseases. Boston, MA
2010, Chair, Community Engagement Session, NIEHS Center for Environmental Genomics and Integrative Biology Annual Center Director’s Annual Meeting, October, 2010, Louisville, KY
2010, Chair, NIEHS Community Forum, NIEHS Center for Environmental Genomics and Integrative Biology Annual Center Director’s Annual Meeting, October, 2010, Louisville, KY
2011, National Children Study Writing Team #16
2005 to present
Member of Advisory Council, Bridges of Hope Neighborhood Place, Louisville, KY
Advisory Group to the MPH Issues Course, School of Public Health and Information Sciences, University of Louisville
2006 to present
Member of Advisory Board, Healthy Start Program, Louisville Metro Department and Public Health and Wellness
2007 to present
Member Internal Advisory Board NIEHS Center for Environmental Genomics and Integrative Biology
2009 to present
Community and Research Engagement Advisory Board, Clinical and Translations Sciences Institute (CTSI), University of Louisville
2009 to present
Member of the Advisory Board of Shelby Alcohol & Drug Abuse