January 22 & 23, 2007
The goal of this workshop is to develop new strategies for research, exposure and effects monitoring, intervention and prevention in children's environmental health. Specific objectives are to maximize the effectiveness of scientific research - basic science, exposure monitoring/biomonitoring, epidemiology, toxicology, clinical medicine and multidisciplinary studies - and to enhance the translation of research to the bedside, to the community and to public policy. The first day will begin with discussions of two case studies that demonstrate the successful implementation of evidence-based intervention/prevention strategies that became possible once links between environmental exposures and a disease in children had been identified.
The first case study will focus on lead and neurotoxicity. Findings on the adverse effects of lead on neurodevelopment ultimately led to efforts to reduce exposures to lead. Asthma will be used as a second case study because it provides a clear example of environmental triggers and some science-based prevention/intervention strategies that are already being implemented. The second day of the workshop will focus on applying lessons learned from the two "success" case studies to two children's disorders that appear to have environmental etiologies but are less well understood: disorders of lipid and carbohydrate metabolism and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
A discussion will follow each case study presentation to consider the opportunities, the barriers and the design challenges that confront future clinical, toxicological, epidemiological, exposure monitoring, and basic research in children's environmental health. Specific topics include:
This meeting is open to the public with time set aside for public discussion.
For additional information, contact:
Kristina Thayer, Ph.D.
Tel (919) 541-5021
Fax (919) 541-1994