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Your Environment. Your Health.

NIEHS and EPA Centers for Children's Environmental Health and Disease Prevention Research: Strengthening the Network

March 6-7, 2012
Bethesda, Maryland

Meeting description

This meeting brought together Children’s Environmental Health Centers investigators and other experts in the area of children’s environmental health to share scientific strategies, to discuss openly the implementation of new research approaches and tools, and to highlight late breaking science in the field.  The meeting culminated in a dynamic exchange between scientists and key stakeholders on translation of the science, lessons learned, and future opportunities. Experts were invited from the fields of reproductive health, pubertal development, metabolism, early life exposures and epigenetic changes, along with key researchers in environmental technologies.

This meeting was open to the broader children’s environmental health community in an effort to foster collaborations and enhance the overall children’s environmental health network.

You can read more about the meeting in Environmental Factor article: NIEHS and EPA convene leaders in children’s environmental health research.


Welcome and Introductions
Kimberly Gray, NIEHS
Peter Grevatt, EPA
Linda Birnbaum, NIEHS

Session 1: Plenary Session

Gwen Collman, NIEHS

Couple Based Approach for Assessing Persistent Environmental Pollutants and Human Reproduction and Development - Recent Findings from the LIFE Study (2MB)
Germaine Buck Louis, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

Environmental Epigenetics – Results and Opportunities for Children’s Environmental Health and Disease Prevention Research (1MB)
Andrea Baccarelli, Harvard School of Public Health

Personalized Asthma Management: Addressing Environmental Impact (4MB)
Stanley Szefler, National Jewish Health

Session 2: New Emerging Tools and Technologies in Exposure Science

Chair: Karen Peterson, University of Michigan

Transcriptomics Whole Genome Sequencing, Lessons Learned for the NCS
Elaine Faustman, University of Washington

Uncovering Early Life Metal Exposures Using Elemental Bio-Imaging of Teeth (984KB)
Manish Arora, Harvard University

NTP Update: Systematic Review Incorporating Data Mining with Graphical Tools for Researchers (1MB)
Abee Boyles, NIEHS, NTP, Office of Health Assessment and Translation

Session 3: Late Breaking Science

Chair: Cindy Lawler, NIEHS

Pesticides and Child Health: Lessons from the Fields
Brenda Eskenazi, University of California, Berkeley; Columbia University; Mt. Sinai

Rice and Rice Products as Potential Dietary Sources of Arsenic in Pregnant Women and Kids (1MB)
Margaret Karagas, Dartmouth College

Maternal Vitamin Intake and Autism (1MB)
Rebecca Schmidt, University of California, Davis

Early Exposure to Bisphenol A and Lead: Effects on Metabolic Homeostasis and the Epigenome (1MB)
Dana Dolinoy, University of Michigan School of Public Health

Session 4: Communication Outreach and Translation Efforts to Protect Children from Environmental Threats

Chair: Claudia Thompson, NIEHS

Columbia COTC/A Partnership between CCCEH and WE ACT for Community Outreach and Engagement (461KB)
David Evans, Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health
Peggy Shepard, WE ACT for Environmental Justice
Brennan Rhodes, Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health

UC Berkley (CERCH) COTC/Community Outreach and Engagement Addressing Environmental Health in a Multi-Faceted Agricultural Community (4MB)
Daniel Madrigal, University of California, Berkeley (CHAMACOS)

Duke COTC/Community Assessment: Understanding the Built Environment within a Neighborhood Health Context (6MB)
Pamela Maxson, Duke University

Session 5: Children’s Advocacy Panel - Best Approach for Translation of Children’s Environmental Health Science

Chair: Nsedu Witherspoon, Children’s Environmental Health Network
Amy Garcia, American Nurses Association
Cynthia Pellegrini, March of Dimes Foundation
Sarah Janssen, Natural Resources Defense Council
Anthony DeLucia, American Lung Association
Karen Joy Miller, Huntington Breast Cancer Action Coalition, Inc.

Session 6: Poster Session and Networking

Session 7: Communication & Translation Efforts at NIEHS and EPA

Making the Most of Your Media and Public Outreach Efforts (3MB)
Ed Kang, NIEHS, Office of Communications & Public Liaison
Kelly Widener, EPA

Communicating with the Congress: For Better, For Worse, For… (409KB)
Mary Gant, NIEHS Congressional Liaison

The Program Analysis Branch: What is Our Role in Communicating Research Results? (1MB)
Christie Drew, NIEHS, Program Analyses Branch

Session 8: Breakout Sessions

Sharing Environmental Health Data (193KB)
Kimberly McAllister, NIEHS
Symma Finn, NIEHS

GWAS and Neurodevelopment
Robert Wright, Harvard University
Cindy Lawler, NIEHS

Challenges of QA/QC in the Analyses of Epigenetic Markers in Human Studies
Nina Holland, University of California, Berkeley
Kim Boekelheide, Brown University (1MB)
Jaclyn Goodrich, University of Michigan School of Public Health (778KB)
Richard Callan, EPA

Children’s Environmental Research in Day Care and School Settings
Asa Bradman, University of California, Berkeley (2MB)
Pat Ryan, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (1MB)
Nica Louie, EPA

NIEHS continued the theme of strengthening the network by hosting the Partnerships for Environmental Public Health (PEPH) program meeting, “Strengthening a dynamic environmental public health network for tomorrow” on March 7-8, 2012 at The Natcher Center. The Children’s Environmental Health Centers and PEPH program both shared a common commitment to community engagement and translation outreach to improve public health. For meeting details, please visit the PEPH meeting page.

Meeting Materials


Kimberly Gray, Ph.D.
Health Scientist Administrator
Tel 984-287-3262

Meeting sponsors

Sponsored by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences in collaboration with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

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