NIEHS' The Environmental Factor July 2014 edition features BU SRP's John Stegeman (Project 5) in "Accidental oceanographer discusses aquatic models in exposure research". Dr. Stegeman presented a Keystone Science Lecture Seminar Series talk at NIEHS on May 29 entitled “Plankton to P450: Models and Mechanisms at the Convergence of Oceans and Human Health.” Dr. Stegeman is project leader of BU SRP's project 5 and the director of the Woods Hole Center for Oceans and Human Health (COHH).
PPTOX: Environmental Stressors in Disease and Implications for Human Health
BU SRP is co-sponsoring the fourth international summit of Prenatal Programming and Toxicity (PPTOX) – a conference series dedicated to cutting-edge discussion of environmental hazards during early life and long-term consequences. The conference will be held October 26-29, 2014 at the Boston Marriott Long Wharf Hotel, Boston, MA.
PPTOX is one of the premier international venues for scientists to evaluate current knowledge and guide forward momentum for this burgeoning field. The program includes topics of interest for a wide spectrum of professional backgrounds applicable to individuals interested in the developmental origins of endocrine diseases and mechanisms of developmental programming across the lifespan and between generations.
Submit your abstract online by August 18, 2014 to be considered for oral and poster presentations at PPTOX IV. For more on the meeting and to submit your abstract, visit the PPTOX IV website.
BU SRP Director David Sherr will co-chair the session "Effects of developmental exposures on immune functions" at this year's PPTOX IV: Environmental Stressors in Disease and Implications for Human Health in Boston on October 26-29, 2014. Experts present cutting-edge research on early-life exposure and discuss the role of environment and nutrients on human disease at the international summit of Prenatal Programming and Toxicity (PPTOX IV) sponsored by the Endocrine Society and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIH). PPTOX IV hosts the world’s leading experts in endocrinology, toxicology, and environmental health to provide interdisciplinary discussions on the current landscape, future directions, and ongoing global implications of early-life exposures in research, clinical medicine, and public health.
BU SRP Research Translation Core has organized and is co-sponsoring The Collaborative on Health & the Environment Partnership Call on Healthy Fish, Healthy Humans. The call on Tuesday June 10th at 1:00 pm EST will address issues such as how fish become contaminated, how they are tested for contaminants, the ecological impacts of water contamination, and the science behind fish consumption advisories. RSVP for the call here!
About the Call:
The health benefits of fish have been well documented. However, fish are vulnerable to contamination from toxic chemicals, including mercury and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). Superfund researchers examine ecological and human health risks of environmental contamination.
Recent trends of decreasing blood mercury levels in women of childbearing age, without a decrease in the amount of fish consumed, point to the importance of interventions to reduce contaminants in ecosystems, and education through public health initiatives. These include posted fish consumption advisories at water bodies, clinical guidance to patients, and widespread public outreach.
Speakers on this call on Tuesday June 10, 2014 at 10:00 am Pacific/1:00 pm Eastern will include Dr. Mark Hahn, Boston University Superfund Research Program; Dr. Henry Anderson, University of Wisconsin and Wisconsin Department of Public Health; and Dr. Amy Kyle, University of California Berkeley Superfund Research Program. They will address issues such as how fish become contaminated, how they are tested for contaminants, the ecological impacts of water contamination, and the science behind fish consumption advisories.