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Tuesday, July 10, 2001, 12:00 p.m. EDT
U.S., Vietnamese Scientists to Jointly Look at Agent Orange Effects
Statement issued by the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi:
Scientists representing the U.S. and Vietnamese governments met in Hanoi last week for further discussions on research collaborations on the health and environmental effects of Agent Orange/Dioxin exposures. Two projects were agreed upon:
The first project, a joint Vietnam-United States scientific conference on human health and environmental effects of Agent Orange/Dioxin will be held in March 3-6, 2002 in Vietnam.
The second project, a pilot study on screening for dioxins in soil and sediments, will be organized in detail over the next few months.
Dr. Christopher Portier of the (http://www.niehs.nih.gov), one of the U.S. National Institutes of Health (http://www.nih.gov) , led the U.S. delegation which included scientists from the Environmental Protection Agency (http://www.epa.gov) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (http://www.cdc.gov) . Dr. Nguyen Ngoc Sinh, General Director of the National Environmental Agency in Hanoi, led the Vietnamese delegation, which included scientists from the National Centre for Natural Science and Technology.