The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) is hosting a Distinguished Lecture Series on Advances in Toxicology and Risk Assessment. These lectures are intended to promote a better understanding of key emerging scientific issues with the aim of improving risk assessment. Pre-eminent researchers in toxicology have been invited to present their findings and discuss their application to risk assessment. All the lectures will be held in Sacramento and simultaneously webcast on the website of the California Environmental Protection Agency (http://www.calepa.ca.gov/Broadcast/). The lectures will begin at 10am and are open to the public at no cost. No registration is required.
The inaugural series in 2008 will focus on Epigenetics and Environmental Diseases. The invited speakers will present on epigenetic mechanisms that may be involved in common human diseases such as neurodevelopmental disorders, breast cancer, and prostate illness. The first six lectures in the series are listed below.
Dr. Shuk-Mei Ho, Jacob G. Schmidlapp Professor and Chair
Department of Environmental Health, University of Cincinnati
Dr. Ho is the Chair of the Department of Environmental Health at the University of Cincinnati Medical School. She is an expert in hormonal carcinogenesis and steroid hormone action. Dr. Ho utilizes genomic, epigenomic, proteomic, and bioinformatic analyses for the discovery of diagnostic and prognostic markers for human diseases and for the prediction of patients’ responses to interventions. In addition, her current programs emphasize mechanisms of fetal-based adult disease development, cadmium-induced disorders, and oxidative stress/inflammation-mediated cellular changes. In this inaugural lecture, Dr. Ho presented fundamental theories governing laboratory techniques that have been commonly used in epigenetic research. She highlighted epigenetic mechanisms that have been recognized to be involved in the development of common human diseases. Dr. Ho also presented recent findings that shed light on how environmental chemicals can alter biological systems through epigenetic mechanisms.
People who want to have further discussions with Dr. Ho after her lecture please contact Dr. Ling-Hong Li for arrangement. For any other questions, please contact either Dr. Ling-Hong Li (OEHHA Sacramento: firstname.lastname@example.org) or Dr. David Morry (OEHHA Oakland: email@example.com).
Dr. Jerrold J. Heindel, Scientific Program Administrator
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
Dr. Heindel is the scientific program administrator at the Extramural Research and Training Division of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS). He led the efforts at the NIEHS to develop the research program on the developmental origins of health and disease (DOHaD). Dr. Heindel will present an overview the scientific basis for the DOHaD concept and discuss existing experimental data on how nutritional deficits and exposure to environmental chemicals during development can increase susceptibility to cancer, infertility, obesity, cardiovascular and neurodegenerative diseases.
This lecture will begin at 10am, Wednesday, February 27, 2008. People who cannot attend in person can watch the live webcast on the website of the City of Sacramento (http://www.cityofsacramento.org/webtech/streaming_video/live_council_meetings.htm)
To submit questions or comments while viewing the webcast, send emails to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Suzanne E. Fenton, Research Biologist
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
People who cannot attend in person can watch the live webcast on the website of the City of Sacramento (http://www.cityofsacramento.org/webtech/streaming_video/live_council_meetings.htm)
View a video of the presentation here:
Dr. Janine M. LaSalle, Professor
Department of Medical Microbiology & Immunology, University of California, Davis
Dr. Gail S. Prins, Professor
Department of Urology, University of Illinois at Chicago