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National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)
Friday, January 7, 2011

Robin Mackar, NIEHS
(919) 541-0073

7 Jan 2011: Media Advisory: National Toxicology Program Workshop: Role of Environmental Chemicals in the Development of Diabetes and Obesity

The National Toxicology Program (NTP) is hosting this workshop on Jan. 11-13, 2011, because there is a growing body of research showing that chemicals in our environment may be contributing to diabetes and obesity worldwide, and that chemical exposures need to be considered along with nutrition and diet.


Six chemical classes will be discussed at the workshop, including 1) arsenic and other metals, 2) bisphenol A (BPA), 3) organotins and phthalates, 4) nicotine, 5) pesticides, and 6) persistent organic pollutants.


For the first time, new computer-generated data, also known as high-throughput analysis, will be considered along with animal and human studies, as part of the NTP workshop.


The workshop is organized by the NTP Center for the Evaluation of Risks to Human Reproduction, part of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.


The plenary sessions of the workshop can be viewed at  .


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration National Center for Toxicological Research are co-sponsors of the workshop.



A press availability session will immediately follow the two-day scientific workshop.




Thursday, Jan. 13, 2011, approximately 12:15-1:00 p.m. EST




Marriott Crabtree Valley Hotel
4500 Marriott Drive
Raleigh, N. C. 27612





  • Michael Gallo, Ph.D.
    Workshop Chair
    Department of Environmental & Occupational Health
    University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey

  • John Bucher, Ph.D.
    Associate Director
    National Toxicology Program

  • Kristina Thayer, Ph.D.
    NTP Center for the Evaluation of Risks to Human Reproduction

  • Keith Houck, Ph.D.
    Computational Toxicology Research Program
    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

More Information: 


Details about the meeting, including participants and agenda, are posted on the NTP Web site at  .




Media interested in participating in the press availability session should contact Robin Mackar at 919-541-0073 or e-mail your request to (

The NIEHS supports research to understand the effects of the environment on human health and is part of the NIH. For more information on environmental health topics, visit our website at (


The NTP is an interagency program established in 1978. The program was created as a cooperative effort to coordinate toxicology testing programs within the federal government, strengthen the science base in toxicology, develop and validate improved testing methods, and provide information about potentially toxic chemicals to health, regulatory, and research agencies, scientific and medical communities, and the public. The NTP is headquartered at the NIEHS. For more information about the NTP, visit  .


The National Institutes of Health (NIH) — The Nation's Medical Research Agency — includes 27 Institutes and Centers and is a component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It is the primary federal agency for conducting and supporting basic, clinical and translational medical research, and it investigates the causes, treatments, and cures for both common and rare diseases. For more information about NIH and its programs, visit  .

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