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February 2011

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NAS series continues with workshop on microbiome

By Eddy Ball
February 2011

Director Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D.

NIEHS Director Linda Birnbaum (Photo courtesy of Steve McCaw)

Senior Advisor for Public Health John Balbus, M.D.

Bethesda-based NIEHS Senior Advisor for Public Health John Balbus (Photo courtesy of Steve McCaw)

An innovative interagency program opens its 2011 workshop series with an exploration of "Interplay of the Microbiome, Environmental Stressors, and Human Health," April 27-28 in Washington, D.C. Registration is open Feb. 1 through April 26 at the National Academy of Science's Emerging Science for Environmental Health Decisions series Web site(http://nas-sites.org/emergingscience/) Exit NIEHS, where a tentative agenda and list of scheduled speakers will also be available.

Sponsored by NIEHS, the program holds three workshops per year on the use of new discoveries, tools, and approaches for guiding environmental health decisions. The workshops provide a public venue for communication among government, industry, environmental groups, and the academic community.

The April workshop is the sixth in the series(http://nas-sites.org/emergingscience/past-workshops-archive/) Exit NIEHS, which began in July 2009 with a workshop on "Use of Emerging Science and Technologies to Explore Epigenetic Mechanisms Underlying the Developmental Basis for Disease."

As well as providing financial support for the workshops, NIEHS grantees and leadership participate in the steering committee(http://nas-sites.org/emergingscience/#scommittee) Exit NIEHS and government liaisons group(http://nas-sites.org/emergingscience/committee/) Exit NIEHS, including:

  • Senior Advisor for Public Health John Balbus, M.D., chair of government liaisons
  • Director Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D., member of government liaisons
  • Grantee Kim Boekelheide, Ph.D., of Brown University, member of steering committee
  • Grantee Shuk-mei Ho, Ph.D., of the University of Cincinnati, member of steering committee
  • Grantee Stephen Rappaport, Ph.D., of the University of California, Berkeley, member of steering committee
  • Grantee Ivan Rusyn, M.D., Ph.D., of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, member of steering committee
  • Grantee Helmut Zarbl, Ph.D., of the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, member of steering committee

The group's Web site offers a wealth of information about past workshops, including videos of presentations, related resources, and the opportunity to subscribe(http://nas-sites.org/emergingscience/subscribe-to-our-mailing-list/) Exit NIEHS for updates on the series, which will continue into 2013.

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