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Upcoming Workshop: A Dialogue on Cumulative Impacts in New Bedford

Friday October 24th, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Downtown New Bedford, MA @ 10th Annual Connecting for Change 2014

BU SRP Reseach Translation and Community Engagement Cores & ACE present

A Dialogue: Cumulative Environmental Health Impacts in New Bedford

Communities have pressed for action to understand, mitigate, and prevent cumulative impacts of multiple stressors, referring to the total harm to human health and environment resulting from combinations of stressors. The regulatory system is not designed to address cumulative impacts. The US Environmental Protection Agency published a document on cumulative risk, intended as a platform for future science and policies, recognizing that, risk assessment decisions must be made “whether or not the methods or data currently exist to adequately analyze or evaluate those aspects of the assessment.” The authors are explicit about the need to make risk-based decisions regardless of the “limitations of current science.” (USEPA 2003) In this workshop we describe the state of the science and practice of cumulative risk assessment and the available decision-making tools and their limitations, using local examples. We will provide access to tools and resources that may be used for assessing cumulative impacts in your communities, and engage workshop participants in the evaluation of these tools with opportunities for development of new tools that can influence policy.  

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Home Invaders: Are flame retardants fattening us up and harming our bones?

BU SRP Research Translation Core has organized and is co-sponsoring The Collaborative on Health & the Environment Partnership Call Home Invaders: Are flame retardants fattening us up and harming our bones? The call on Thursday October 9th at 1:00 pm EST will address exposure and health effects of flame retardants. The call will feature Dr. Heather Stapleton of Duke Superfund Research Program along with Drs. Jennifer Schlezinger and Tom Webster of Boston University Superfund Research Program. RSVP for the call here!

About the Call:

Flame retardants are chemicals that are used in consumer products ranging from furniture to electronics. Speakers will focus primarily on flame retardants used in polyurethane foam in furniture and related products, and briefly discuss the changing California regulations. They will review exposure and health effects of these flame retardants (PentaBDE) and the main replacements, (“chlorinated tris” and Firemaster 550). They will also discuss recent findings showing potential effects of components of Firemaster 550 on obesity and bone health.

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Project 1 attends ACE's EJ Toxic Tour!

Project Leader Ann Aschengrau and trainees Lindsey Butler and Winnie Ng of Project 1 attended Community Engagement Core Partner, Alternatives for Community & Environment's (ACE), Environmental Justice Toxic Tour of Dudley Square, Roxbury for Faculty & Graduate Students last week. The interactive tour was a two-hour field trip in which attendees learn more about stories of injustice and resident/youth-led organizing victories in the Dudley neighborhood. They began by defining "environmental justice," sharing some history of this movement in the United States and setting tour expectations. Once outside, they visited sites within a half-mile of Dudley station. Each site highlighted an environmental or social justice issue and the story of how it was addressed by youth and residents taking action. The tour was a powerful opportunity for Project 1 to hear stories of local battles against diesel pollution, illegal dumping and gentrification, as well as a neighborhood vision for healthy equity, food access and transportation justice. 

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Summer 2015 collaborative mixture workshop receives SRP supplement award

BU SRP has received an administrative supplement to assist NIEHS with its plan for a workshop scheduled for July 13-14, 2015 on Statistical approaches to epidemiological studies of combined exposures/mixtures. Combined exposure is an important part of the NIEHS 2012-2017 Strategic Plan and is critical to the Superfund program that must address risk from the multiple contaminants found at contaminated sites. The workshop will bring together statisticians, epidemiologists and others to discuss methods for evaluating associations between exposures to mixtures and health effects. The workshop will invite workshop participants to analyze two different types of benchmark data sets: 1) simulated data for which the “truth” is known, and 2) one or more “real world” data set(s). Development of these data sets is the main task of the new grant. The effort is a collaborative effort of Dr. Tom Webster (Project 2), Dr. Russ Hauser (Harvard School of Public Health), Dr. Joe Braun (Brown University) and Dr. Chris Gennings (Virginia Commonwealth University). 

Affiliated Institutions

The Superfund Research Program at Boston University

Supported with funding from the
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences' Superfund Research Program

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