The Contribution of Epigenetics in Pediatric Environmental Health

San Francisco, California
Wednesday, May 30, 2012

2012 Research Conference
Children's Environmental Health Network Children's Environmental Health Network
The Contribution of Epigenetics in Pediatric Environmental Health
Wednesday, May 30, 2012 5:00 PM -
Friday, June 01, 2012 12:30 PM (Pacific Time)

The Stanford Court Renaissance San Francisco Hotel
905 California Street - Nob Hill
San Francisco, California 94108
United States

Map and Directions

The conference will highlight the role of epigenetics in determining the impact of the environment on pediatric disease and children’s current and future health.

Read our Editorial on this conference in Environmental Health Perspectives!

Conference Abstracts online at Environmental Health Perspectives!

Read Rebecca Rancourt's conference write-up for Epigenie!

Summaries of some presentations now available. Access them from the Program page.

Thank you to Steven Schwartzberg for donating his photography talent. Click here to see some select images from the event! More can be viewed on our flickr page here.

Confirmed Keynote Speakers:

  • David Epel, Ph.D., Jane & Marshall Steel Jr. Professor Emeritus in Marine Sciences, Cell and Developmental Biology, Stanford University
  • Frederica P. Perera, Dr.P.H., Professor of Environmental Health Sciences, Director of the Columbia Center for Children's Environmental Health and of the Disease Investigation Through Specialized Clinically-Oriented Ventures in Environmental Research (DISCOVER) Center
  • Dana Dolinoy, Ph.D., Searle Assistant Professorship in Public Health, University of Michigan School of Public Health
  • Mark Hanson, Ph.D., Founding Director of the Institute of Developmental Sciences and Director of the Division of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease in the University of Southampton School of Medicine, British Heart Foundation Professor of Cardiovascular Science
  • Robert H. Lane, M.D., August L.(Larry) Jung, M.D. Presidential Professor and Chief, Division of Neonatology, University of Utah School of Medicine

Confirmed Mini Symposium Speakers (to date):

  • Douglas Ruden, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Director of Epigenomics, Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Wayne State University
  • Andrea Baccarelli, M.D., Ph.D., Mark and Catherine Winkler Associate Professor of Environmental Epigenetics, Department of Environmental Health, Harvard School of Public Health
  • Mary V. Gamble, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Health Sciences, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University
  • Feng C. Zhou, Ph.D., Professor of Anatomy, Cell Biology, Neurobiololgy, and Psychology, Indiana University School of Medicine
  • Donata Vercelli, M.D., Professor of Cellular and Molecular Medicine, University of Arizona; Director of the Arizona Center for the Biology of Complex Diseases (ABCD), Arizona Research Laboratories; and Associate Director of the Arizona Respiratory Center
  • Cathrine Hoyo, Ph.D., Associate Professor in Community and Family Medicine, in the School of Nursing, and in Medicine, Duke University School of Medicine
  • Steven Zeisel, M.D., Ph.D., Kenan Distinguished University Professor in Nutrition and Pediatrics, former Chairman of the Department of Nutrition, current Director of the Nutrition Research Institute and Director of the UNC Nutrition Obesity Research Center
  • David A. Schwartz, M.D., Chair of the Department of Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, Professor of Medicine and Immunology
  • Deborah A. Cory-Slechta, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Environmental Medicine, University of Rochester School of Medicine
  • Melissa A. Suter, Ph.D., Senior Postdoctoral Fellow, Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine
  • Robert O. Wright, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor of Pediatrics & Environmental Health Director, Superfund Research Program, Harvard Medical School and School of Public Health
  • Jill McKay, Ph.D., Lecturer in Molecular Epidemiology, Newcastle University

Conference Objectives:

  • To foster collaborations across different scientific groups/disciplines to further the understanding of the role of epigenetics in pediatric environmental health.
  • To identify research gaps and explore the contribution of pediatric environmental exposures to epigenetic regulation and how they vary by exposure, timing and host characteristics (diet, age), including among disadvantaged populations.
  • To translate research findings on epigenetic regulation important to pediatric health outcomes and inform the scientific and public community of the rapidly growing science (i.e. the etiology and prevention of abnormal
    neurodevelopment, asthma/allergy, obesity, endocrine disorders, etc.) to relevant sectors including public health, medical, policy, and business.

Who Should Attend?

This conference is intended for research scientists in the fields of environmental health, epidemiology, and environmental toxicology, as well as for public health professionals. Students in these disciplines are encouraged to register.

International Travel:

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A Conference room block has been reserved for our conference attendees at:

The Stanford Court Renaissance San Francisco Hotel
905 California Street - Nob Hill
San Francisco, CA 94108
(415) 989-3500
Single and double occupancy rooms are $179.00 excluding tax. Please arrange your lodging reservations directly with the hotel.
  • By Phone: reference the "CEHN" room block when making reservations.
  • Or Online:  Click the link below to open the room reservation page, and use the left side bar to find rooms. Note that our group code is already entered for the special conference room rate. Click link: The Stanford Court Renaissance San Francisco Hotel >>
Or you may find another hotel using the Hotel Locator feature on the Confirmation Page once you have registered for the conference.

More Information:

Bookmark this site and check in regularly for conference updates or call: 202-543-4033.

Conference Planning Committee:

Conference Co-Chairs:


Cynthia Bearer, MD, PhD (CEHN Board Chair)

Mary Gray Cobey Professor of Pediatrics

Chief, Division of Neonatology

University of Maryland School of Medicine


Rachel Miller, MD, FAAAAI

Associate Professor of Medicine (In Pediatrics) and Environmental Health

Sciences, Pediatrics

Columbia University Medical Center

Committee Members:


Robert O. Wright, MD MPH

Associate Professor of Pediatrics & Environmental Health Director, Superfund Research Program

Harvard Medical School and School of Public Health


Paige Lawrence, PhD

Associate Professor of Environmental Medicine and of

Microbiology and Immunology

University of Rochester Medical Center


Martyn Smith, PhD

Professor, Division of Environmental Health Sciences,

School of Public Health

UC Berkeley


Joy E.Carlson, MPH (CEHN Board Member)

J. Carlson Consulting

Oakland, California

Lisa Helbling Chadwick, PhD

Program Administrator

Division of Extramural Research and Training, NIEHS

Jerry Heindel, PhD

Acting Chief, Cellular, Organs and Systems Pathobiology Branch

Division of Extramural Research and Training, NIEHS




Nsedu Obot Witherspoon, MPH

Executive Director

Children’s Environmental Health Network (CEHN)



Contact Information

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    Advocate or NGO  $220
    Student                $100

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    Advocate or NGO  $250
    Student                $100

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