>>Subject: Developmental Toxicology Symposium, June 3-5
>>SYMPOSIUM PROBES IMPACT OF TOXINS ON DEVELOPMENT
>>A symposium June 3-5 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison will
>>explore new research on the links between environmental toxins and disease,
>>including birth defects and cancer.
>>"Horizons in Developmental Toxicology and Developmental Biology" will be
>>held at the State Historical Society on Library Mall. Topics include how
>>chemicals can cause toxic changes, why infants and children are most
>>vulnerable, and why early exposure presents increased risk of later
>>diseases such as cancer. Time will be set aside to discuss specific
>>community concerns and priorities.
>>The meeting will also feature a public forum on lessons learned about the
>>effects of chemicals on human health. The discussion, scheduled for 1:30
>>p.m. Saturday, June 5, will be led by Thomas Zinnen of the Biotechnology
>>Center and Kevin Niemi of the Center for Biology Education.
>>The symposium overall features research on developmental deficiencies that
>>have environmental causes and on new genetic models that reveal the
>>mechanics of development. Prominent symposium speakers include 1972 Nobel
>>Prize-winner Gerald Edelman of Scripps Research Institute. He will speak at
>>7:15 p.m. Thursday, June 3, about topobiology, or an exploration of why
>>genes are expressed in some places but not in others.
>>Kathy Sulik, a professor at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill,
>>will speak at 8:45 a.m. Friday on "Birth Defects Research: A Path to
>>Prevention." She will begin a morning of research talks about
>>chemically-induced birth defects in children.
>>The symposium is organized by the new UW-Madison Environmental Health
>>Sciences Center and is funded by a grant from the National Institute for
>>Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS). It is the first national event
>>sponsored by the new UW center, directed by pharmacy professor Colin
>>"In the past five to 10 years, there has been an explosion of work in
>>developmental biology," Jefcoate said. "We want to close the gap between
>>the study of animal models and potential human health impacts."
>>For more information on the symposium, contact Jefcoate, (608) 263-5557; or
>>on the Saturday public forum, contact Zinnen, (608) 265-2420.
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Pesticide Use and Risk Reduction Project
Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems
University of Wisconsin - Madison
U.S. Mail: 146 Agriculture Hall 608.262.7135
Campus: 1535 Observatory Drive 608.262.5200
Madison, WI 53706 fax 265.3020
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