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NIEHS participants at upcoming NAS workshop on the microbiome

By Eddy Ball
April 2011

NIEHS is playing a major role as sponsor and participant in the upcoming workshop on "Interplay of the Microbiome, Environmental Stressors, and Human Health,"(http://nas-sites.org/emergingscience/meetings/the-microbiome/) Exit NIEHS April 27-28 at the 20 F Street Conference Center, NW, in Washington, D.C. The workshop is part of the National Academy of Science's ongoing Emerging Science for Environmental Health Decisions series(http://nas-sites.org/emergingscience/) Exit NIEHS.

Representing NIEHS will be Senior Advisor for Public Health John Balbus, M.D.(http://www.niehs.nih.gov/about/od/advisor/balbus/index.cfm), chair of government liaisons for the series, and Lisa Helbling Chadwick, Ph.D., a health scientist administrator in the Cellular, Organs, and Systems Pathobiology Branch.

Balbus will deliver opening remarks and moderate a panel discussion during a session devoted to "Interplay of Environmental Exposures and the Microbiome," along with NIEHS grantee Ivan Rusyn, M.D., Ph.D.(http://www.sph.unc.edu/?option=com_profiles&profileAction=ProfDetail&pid=702665970) Exit NIEHS, of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Chadwick will participate in a panel discussion during the session, exploring "Societal, Research, and Public Policy Implications."

NIEHS grantee Helmut Zarbl, Ph.D.(http://eohsi.rutgers.edu/eohsi-directory/name/helmut-zarbl/) Exit NIEHS, will present opening and closing remarks at the workshop. Zarbl is director of the NIEHS-funded Center for Environmental Exposures and Disease at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey/Rutgers University.

The workshop is free and open to the public. Registration is open through April 26.

John Balbus, M.D.

Balbus is one of three high-profile NIEHS special advisors headquartered at the NIEHS office in Bethesda, Md. (Photo courtesy of Steve McCaw)

Lisa Helbling Chadwick, Ph.D.

Helbling Chadwick will articulate NIEHS priorities in the areas of research and public policy. (Photo courtesy of Steve McCaw)

Ivan  Rusyn, M.D., Ph.D.

Rusyn's research interests include bioinformatics, genetics, and toxicology. He is shown at an earlier conference on bioinformatics and toxicology at North Carolina State University. (Photo courtesy of Steve McCaw)

Helmut Zarbl, Ph.D.

Zarbl is a member of the workshop series' steering committee. (Photo courtesy of Helmut Zarbl)

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