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For more information about this archival news release, please contact Christine Flowers, Director, Office of Communications & Public Liaison at (919) 541-3665.
Friday, February 9, 2001, 12:00 p.m. EDT
Contact: Bill Grigg, NIEHS
(301) 402-3378

Special Session Planned at Society of Toxicology Meeting on the Role of the Environment in Parkinson's Disease

While the causes of Parkinson's Disease are not known, recent experimental and epidemiological evidence of interactions between environmental exposures and genetic susceptibility will be presented by speakers at a special session of the annual Society of Toxicology ( meeting ( at the Moscone Convention Center ( , San Francisco, March 29 from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., in Room 135.


Program Agenda:


  • Introduction and Welcome, Kenneth Olden (, Director, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (

  • Overview: The Role of the Environment in PD, William Langston ( , President, Parkinson's Institute (

  • Challenges Identifying Genetic Markers for Susceptibility to Environmental Risk Factors, Harvey Checkoway ( , University of Washington (

  • Environmental Determinants of PD: Studies in Human Populations, Caroline Tanner, Parkinson's Institute

  • The Pesticide Rotenone and PD, J. Timothy Greenamyre, Emory University (

  • The Combined Effects of Agrichemicals on the Risk of PD, Deborah Cory-Slechta, University of Rochester (

  • Interactions Between Alpha Synuclein and Environmental Agents, Donato Di Monte, Parkinson's Institute

  • Discussion of Future Research Opportunities, William Langston - moderator

  • Session Chair: Kenneth Olden (NIEHS) and Co-Chair: David P. Brown (NIEHS)

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