Ed Trapido is Associate Dean for Research at the Louisiana State University School of Public Health, Professor and Wendell Gauthier Chair for Cancer Epidemiology, and the Deputy Director for Population Science in the Stanley S. Scott Cancer Center, and immediate past president of the American College of Epidemiology. He also serves as the lead external evaluator for the International Atomic Energy Agency’s and World Health Organization’s Program of Action in Cancer Therapy. From 2004-2009, Dr. Trapido was at the U.S National Cancer Institute, as Deputy Director for International Cancer Control in the Office of the NCI Director, and before that, Associate Director of the Epidemiology and Genetics Research Program within NCI’s Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences. Dr. Trapido also co-chaired the Trans-NIH Tobacco and Nicotine Research Interest Group and served as the NCI liaison to the post 9/11 World Trade Center first responders’ studies. Before 2004, and between 2008-2011, Dr. Trapido was Professor and Vice Chair of the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. He ran Department’s entire teaching and degree granting program. Dr. Trapido also led the Southeast Regional Cancer Information Service, Florida Cancer Data System (Registry), Early Breast Cancer Detection Program, and the Southeast Comprehensive Cancer Control Coalition. Most of his research has been in tobacco control, cancer prevention and control, health disparities, early detection, and in HIV/AIDS. However, his current research involves environmental epidemiology, working on the health effects of the Gulf Oil Spill which occurred in the Gulf of Mexico in April 2010. His degrees include an MS in Public Health from the University of North Carolina, and Master’s and Doctor of Science degrees in Epidemiology from Harvard.