This is the ninth call in a series organized in partnership with the Collaborative on Health and the Environment (CHE), a partner of our Research Translation Core. The calls feature research by investigators associated with Superfund Research Programs across the country. The next call will take place Thursday January 8, 2015 at 10:00 am Pacific / 1:00 pm Eastern.
On this call on CHE and BU SRP will explore the research and the questions related to the intersection of ocean health and human health. Dr. John Stegeman of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute and the BU SRP and Dr. Isaac Pessah of the UC Davis SRP will discuss their research. Dr. Lora Fleming of Exeter Medical School will then provide a medical and European perspective.
About the call:
The health of the world's oceans are impacted by variety of factors, including runoff from toxins used in manufacturing and agricultural practices, climate change, and inproperly disposed of pharmacueticals. Warming ocean temperatures are resulting in ocean acidification, marine and freshwater species demise, and dangerous algae blooms. The exposure of marine and freshwater wildlife to toxins is causing mutations and epidemiological changes which may serve as an important lesson for the future of human health. What does the science about ocean health tell us about our own health? What are the most pressing environmental health concerns related to the oceans' health? What might environmental health scientists, researchers, and policy makers do to address these pressing issues?