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Collaborative on Health and the Environment: Upcoming April Calls
April 8, 2011, 12:51 pm
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CHE Partnership call: Diabetes and Obesity: Evaluating the Science on Chemical Contributors
Date/Time: Friday April 15, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. Pacific / 1:00 p.m. Eastern

RSVP for this call at http://www.healthandenvironment.org/partnership_calls/8928
 
Emerging  scientific studies suggest environmental chemicals may be contributing  factors to the epidemics of diabetes and obesity. The National Toxicology  Program (NTP) headquartered at the National Institute for Environmental  Health Sciences (NIEHS) sponsored a workshop in January 2011 to  evaluate the science associating exposure to certain chemicals or chemical  classes with the development of diabetes and/or obesity in humans. In a  variety of targeted plenary and workgroup sessions, participants  evaluated the strength/weaknesses, consistency, and biological plausibility  of findings reported in humans and experimental animals for certain  environmental chemicals.
 
On this national conference call open to  all who are interested, CHE is very pleased to have three leaders in this  growing field of interest who were also instrumental in the shaping the  scope of the NTP workshop. They will present a summary of the conference  findings, highlight current research indicating possible links between some  chemicals and diabetes and obesity, and discuss future plans to address  research gaps, including ongoing evaluation of relevant pathways and  biological assays for the Toxicology Testing in the 21st Center high  throughput screening initiative (“Tox21”).
 
Featured speakers include:
Kristina Thayer, PhD, Director of the  Center for the Evaluation of Risks to Human  Reproduction (CERHR)
 
Bruce Blumberg, PhD, Professor, Department of Developmental and Cell Biology and  Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of California,  Irvine
 
Jerry Heindel, PhD, Program Administrator and acting Branch Chief in the NIEHS  Division of Extramural Research and Training  (DERT)
 
The call will last one hour and will be recorded for archival purposes. 

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CHE Cafe call: A Conversation with Carl Cranor: Author of “Legally Poisoned: How the Law Puts Us at Risk from Toxicants”
 Date/Time: Wednesday April 20, 2011 at 10 a.m. Pacific / 1 p.m. Eastern

RSVP for this call at http://www.healthandenvironment.org/partnership_calls/8974
 
Carl Cranor, PhD, author of the recently published book, “Legally Poisoned: How the Law Puts Us at Risk from Toxicants”, is the Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, Riverside. Based on his broad understanding about the harm toxic chemicals can cause to human and ecosystem health, Dr. Cranor has analyzed the current legal structures designed to prevent such harm and has found them ineffective and often by design, inadequate to the  public health challenge at hand. In addition to his most recent book, he has written numerous other books and articles. In these, Dr. Cranor offers suggestions about what kinds of legal initiatives might work, making the case that individual actions will not be sufficient to prevent harm and that only pragmatic, thorough and far-reaching reforms will  give us world reasonably safe from toxic chemical harm. Dr. Cranor will discuss some of his ideas on a CHE Café call, hosted by CHE staffer, Sharyle Patton.

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