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Rutgers Sponsors Environmental Global Public Health Conference

In Observance of World Environment Day, the United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI), Rutgers University School of Public Health and the Rutgers University Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute (EOHSI) are sponsoring a UNAI START Conference on “Our Environment & Our Health: Science and Solutions”.  The conference will be held 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., 6 June 2016 at the United Nations Secretariat Building, Conference Room A.

The conference will focus on environmental issues impacting health concerns.  In our inter-related world, man-made and naturally occurring contaminants and diseases spread quickly, across borders and populations. The increasing global incidence of complex multifactorial, contaminant, age and development-related acute and chronic diseases is fueling scientific, ethical and economic calls for improving prevention and health care research and its translation to benefit communities worldwide. Understanding the interactions of the larger environment and climate with an individual’s health status and local environs is a necessary first step to developing strategies to prevent or delay illness and developmental, metabolic and cognitive deficits. Approaches for maintaining health and preventing and delaying disease requires an interdisciplinary approach bringing policy makers, educators, researchers and economic developers together to embrace complexity of human health in a rapidly changing environment. On the occasion of World Environment Day this symposium will bring together policy makers and scientists to share insights from basic science, clinical science and innovative new tools and technologies to share knowledge and approaches for addressing global environmental problems. The half-day conference is part of the United Nations Academic Impact START series, Skills and Technology Advancing Rapid Transformation, in which we look at the research and science being used to address some of the world’s most pressing problems, including global health.

Organizers of the conference include Dr. Jeffrey D. Laskin, Professor & Director of Toxicology at EOHSI and the Rutgers University School of Public Health in Piscataway, NJ, Dr. Diane E Heck, PhD, Professor & Chair, Department of Environment Health Science in the School of Health Sciences and Practice at New York Medical College in Valhalla, NY and Dr. Padmini Murthy, Professor of Public Health Practice at New York Medical & Medical Women’s International NGO Representative to the UN.

Topics to be discussed at the meeting and speakers will include:

  • “Women’s Health and the Environment” – Dr. Padmini Murthy, Professor at New York Medical College, Valhalla NY & Medical Women’s International NGO Representative to the UN
  • “Children’s Environmental Health” – Dr. Amy Ansehl, Assistant Dean & Associate Professor of Public Health Practice, New York Medical College, Valhalla NY
  • “An Ancient Problem: Lead and Children” – Dr. Diane E Heck, Professor at New York Medical College, Valhalla NY
  • “Metals and the Global Food Supply” – Dr. Michael Gochfeld, Clinical Research and Occupational Medicine at Rutgers University, Piscataway NJ
  • “Cardiovascular Disease and Air Pollution” – Dr. Howard Kipen, Professor and Interim Chair, Environmental and Occupational Health & Director of Clinical Research and Occupational Medicine at Rutgers University School of Public Health, Piscataway NJ
  • “Health Effects of Dust and Destruction” – Dr. Lung-Chi Chen, Professor, Environmental Medicine at New York University Langone School of Medicine, NY, NY
  • “Air Pollution and Tuberculosis” – Dr. Stephan K. Schwander, Associate Professor and Director, Center for Global Public Health at Rutgers University School of Public Health, Piscataway NJ
  • “Chemical Effects on Human Health: the Costs of Development” – Dr. Jeffrey D. Laskin, Professor and Director of Toxicology at Rutgers University School of Public Health, Piscataway, NJ
  • “Evaluating and Communicating Environmental Health Risks” – Dr. Joanna Burger, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor at Rutgers University, Piscataway, NJ
  • “Cook Stoves: from Disaster to Economic Growth” – David Stillman, PhD, Executive Director at the Public-Private Alliance Foundation, NY, NY