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: