On Nov. 2 - 3, researchers, stakeholders, and government officials met in Hanoi, Vietnam, to discuss the sources and health effects of arsenic and to explore multidisciplinary remediation strategies for the U.S. and around the world. Sponsored in part by the Columbia University Superfund Research Program (SRP) Center, the goal of the symposium was to develop strategies to reduce arsenic exposure and related diseases.
The conference featured presentations on diverse topics by a variety of speakers, including several SRP grantees. Columbia SRP Center Director Joseph Graziano, Ph.D., spoke about how inorganic arsenic may harm children's neurodevelopment. Center project leaders Mary Gamble, Ph.D., and Benjamin Bostick, Ph.D., discussed the influence of nutrition on arsenic metabolism and research on Vietnam's arsenic groundwater contamination, respectively. Craig Steinmaus, M.D., from the University of California, Berkeley SRP Center provided an overview of arsenic exposure and cancer.
Other organizations from diverse disciplines that participated in the meeting included NIEHS, the National Science Foundation, Dartmouth College, Vietnam's National Institute of Occupational and Environmental Health, Vietnam's Center for Environmental Technology and Sustainable Development, and the Chulabhorn Research Institute of Thailand.