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  Are We Poisoning Our Children? How Chemicals in the Environment Affect Children’s Health

Dear Colleagues,
We invite you to join us on Monday, November 14, 2011 from 8:00 to 4:30 at the California Endowment Conference Center in Oakland to talk with experts about how chemicals in our everyday environment are effecting the health of our children.  We are bringing together a team of outstanding researchers and environmental health educators and activists to provide us with the latest information about the role of chemicals in specific childhood diseases, how chemicals are stored in the body, endocrine disruptors, and strategic steps to protect our children and ourselves.  We will be exploring the question:  Are we poisoning our children? This will be an exciting and educational day, not to be missed!

  The objectives for the day are as follows:

By the end of this one-day continuing education program, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize the influence of toxic chemicals in our day-to-day lives and the effects of these chemicals on children
  • Discuss how children are exposed to chemicals in the environment, how these chemicals are stored in the body, and how exposure is measured
  • Describe the importance of timing of exposure (in utero vs. early childhood)
  • Recognize the ways in which certain chemicals serve as endocrine disruptors
  • Talk with consumers about the importance of reducing their exposures to everyday chemicals in the environment
  • Discuss strategic steps that can be taken to protect children

The agenda for the day is as follows:

8:00 - 8:30        Registration and Continental breakfast

8:30 - 8:45        Welcome and Introduction
                             Brenda Eskenazi, PhD
                             Background on children's environmental health

8:45 - 9:15        Bio-monitoring: How od we assess exposure?
                             Asa Bradman, MS, PhD

9:15 - 11:00      The Latest Research: Panel Presentation and 

                              -Maternal Exposures and Children's Health: Examples from
                              CHAMACOS: Kim Harley, PhD
                              -Paternal exposures and Children's Health: Genetic Effects: 
                              Andy Wyrobek, PhD
                              -Endocrine Disruption - Chemicals Mimicking Hormones: 
                              Jonathan Chevrier, PhD
                              -Future Generations - Epigenetic Effects: Nina Holland, PhD

11:00 - 11:15    Break

11:15 - 12:00    Specific Topics of Interest: What do we know, and what are
                              the links to chemicals?

                              -Childhood cancers: Catherine Metayer, PhD
                              -Puberty: Gayle Windham, PhD
                              -Neurodevelopment: Brenda Eskenazi, PhD

12:15 - 1:00       Join us for Lunch with the "Experts"
                              Participants will be given the opportunity to sign up to sit at
                              a table to have lunch with one of the speakers from the morning

1:15 - 1:45         Environment Justice and Children's Health
                              Rachel Morello-Frosch, BS, PhD

1:45 - 3:00         Global Environmental Threats to Children: 
                              Panel Discussion

                              -Climate Change: Juan Garay, PhD Moderator
                              -Arsenic in Chile: Craig Steinmaus, MD, MPH
                              -DDT in Africa: Jonathan Chevrier, PhD
                              -Toxins from Stoves in Guatemala, TBA

3:00 - 3:15         Break

3:15 - 4:15         How Do We Protect Our Children in the Face of 
                              Uncertainty? Discussion of Next Steps

                              -Arlene Blum, PhD
                              -Gina Solomon, MD, MPH
                              -Tracey Woodruff, PhD, MPH

4:15 - 4:30         Wrap-Up, Evaluation, Final Thoughts for the Day
                               Brenda Eskenazi, PhD







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