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Aubrey Miller to speak on Gulf oil spill response

By Eddy Ball
March 2011

Aubrey Miller, M.D.

Miller also supervises the NIEHS office in Bethesda, Md., where he, Senior Advisor for Public Health John Balbus, M.D., Toxicology Liaison Chris Weis, Ph.D., and Legislative Liaison Mary Gant represent the Institute in Washington, D.C., and on Capitol Hill. (Photo courtesy of Steve McCaw)

NIEHS Senior Medical Advisor Aubrey Miller, M.D.(http://www.niehs.nih.gov/about/od/advisor/miller/index.cfm), will address the NIH role in the aftermath of the Gulf oil spill at a meeting of environmental, health, and safety professionals March 27-30 in Savannah, Ga. Miller will deliver his presentation, "Gulf Oil Spill: Health Concerns and the NIH Response," as the featured keynote address at the 28th annual meeting of the Environmental Information Association (EIA)(http://www.eia-usa.org/) Exit NIEHS.

Since the Deepwater Horizon incident on April 20, 2010, Miller has been involved in the Institute's multi-faceted response(http://www.niehs.nih.gov/about/od/programs/gulfspill/) to the Gulf oil spill (GOS). His activities in this area include founding and co-chairing, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the federal Interagency Oil Spill Health Monitoring and Research Workgroup comprised of over 50 agency representatives.

As one of the NIEHS leads in the Gulf, Miller has testified before U.S. Senate and House committees and partnered with NIEHS/NTP scientists and staff to develop an informational health and toxicology website to support the public health response. He is also an associate investigator for a new longitudinal cohort study (GuLF STUDY) to evaluate the health effects of over 50,000 workers involved in the GOS cleanup and is serving as the NIH spokesperson on the spill.

The Environmental Information Association

From its beginning as the National Asbestos Council, EIA has provided professionals in the environmental industry with information needed to remain knowledgeable, responsible, and competitive in the environmental health and safety industry. Conference session topics include indoor air quality, environmental sampling and analysis, lead-based paint abatement, asbestos management, regulatory compliance, auditing, environmental site assessments, and environmental management systems.

Each year the conference brings together representatives of federal regulatory agencies and professionals working in the areas of environmental health and safety to address developments in the field and engage current topics. EIA offers continuing education units for members of several organizations attending its annual conferences and conducts certification programs for several environmental health occupations.

Joining Miller as speakers at the conference will be Martin Jones(http://www.gustlaw.com/attorneys3.tpl?SKU=1018&action=search) Exit NIEHS, a specialist in environmental law with Gust Rosenfield, P.L.C., and Linda Reinstein(http://www.asbestosdiseaseawareness.org/linda-reinstein-ceo-and-co-founder-of-asbestos-disease-awareness-organization-adao-issues-statement-on-%E2%80%9Cdrop-the-rock%E2%80%9D-sb-624/) Exit NIEHS, CEO and co-founder of the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization as special plenary session presenters, as well as an outstanding line up of the industry's top experts on asbestos, lead, mold, and indoor air quality.

The Institute's Gulf Oil Spill Response Team group photo.
In December 2010, NIEHS/NTP Director Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D., honored the Institute's Gulf oil spill response team. Shown, back row, from left to right. Ted Outwater, Vanessa Knight, Emily Starnes, Kathy Ahlmark, Sharon Beard, Joseph 'Chip' Hughes, Steve Kleeberger, John Bucher, Gwen Collman, Scott Masten, Kent Stone, Darryl Zeldin, Paul Jung, and James Remington. Seated, from left to right, Cheryl Thompson, Christine Flowers, Dale Sandler, Laurie Johnson, Richard Kwok, and Carolyn Mason (Not pictured) Aaron Blair, Allen Dearry, Larry Engel, Lindsay Lloyd, Robin Mackar, Aubrey Miller, Connie Riley, Dudley Riner, Margarita Roque, Angie Sanders, William A. Suk, and Claudia Thompson. (Photo courtesy of Steve McCaw)


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