The role of human exposure assessment in the prevention of environmental disease

September 10, 1999

Knowledge of human exposures to agents of potential public helth concern is critical for a successful and scientifically sound approach to the evaluation of human health risks resulting from environmental and occupational exposures. This workshop will focus on the exposure-dose-response paradigm and will describe current opportunities and challenges in exposure assessment research, provide usable information on disease-specific chemical exposures that will enhance integration of exposure assessment with epidemiology and toxicology studies, and highlight approaches for further research and the development of effective prevention and intervention strategies. The two and one-half day workshop is structured so that most of the time will be spent in organized breakout sessions on the state of the science and case studies that will gain focus from the plenary sessions. A Workshop Proceedings Report summarizing the workshop and sessions, and report/recommendations from the breakout groups is planned. The meeting is open to the public, limited only by space available. The program includes time for open discussion. In addition, time will be allotted to persons wishing to make oral comments. The time allotted for each presenter will be dependent on the number of speakers. Those wishing to speak are encouraged to pre-register A poster session will be held the first evening of the workshop. Those interested in presenting a poster must submit an abstract.

Co-sponsors for the workshop include the National Institutes of Health's Office of Rare Diseases, National Institute of Enviornmental Health Sciences and Naitonal Cancer Institute; the National Toxicology Program; the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and National Center for Environmental Health; the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Reearch and Development; and the American Industrial Health Council.

NIH/National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

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