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UI to host conference on environmental health issues
IOWA CITY, Iowa --The University of Iowa Center for Health Effects of
Environmental Contamination (CHEEC) will host the "Iowa Conference
on Emerging Environmental Health Issues" Sept. 23-24 at the Iowa Memorial
Union in Iowa City.
Public health officials, researchers in environmental sciences, toxicology
and epidemiology, and water quality experts from around the country will
gather to present current research findings, address current policy issues
and discuss control and prevention measures on health issues affected by
water quality and the environment.
The conference will focus on three key environmental health topics:
* Drinking water disinfection by-products -- Topics will include concerns
about cancer, birth defects and other health risks from the by-products
of chlorination of community water systems. Dr. Charles Lynch, UI professor
of preventive medicine and environmental health, and director of the Iowa
Cancer Registry, will serve as facilitator for the session.
* Synthetic organic chemicals and birth defects -- Presenters will discuss
the impact pesticides, industrial chemicals, and genetic and environmental
conditions have as risk factors for birth defects. Dr. Jeffrey Murray,
UI professor of pediatrics, will lead the session.
* Endocrine disrupting chemicals -- Topics will include the effects
of environmental chemicals on estrogen receptors in humans and wildlife,
testing for endocrine disruption, and the U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency perspective on these issues. Dr. George Hallberg, associate director
of the UI Hygienic Laboratory, will facilitate this session.
Scheduled speakers include Dr. Richard Jackson, director of the National
Center for Environmental Health. Jackson will give a speech titled, "Environment,
Health and the Future" on Sept. 23 at 7 p.m. during a banquet for
Dr. John McLachlan, director of the Tulane-Xavier Center for Bioenvironmental
Research, will deliver a keynote speech titled "Estrogens, Genes and
Development" on Sept. 24 at 9 a.m.
The conference is open to the public. Registration is $35. Individuals
with disabilities are encouraged to attend UI-sponsored events. If you
are a person who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this
program, or for registration or other information, call the UI Center for
Conferences and Institutes (319) 335-3231 or 1-800-551-9029.