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Penn SRP Center Investigators & Trainee Presentations

Penn Superfund Research Program Center Investigators Attended the 2018 in the American Occupational Health (AOH) Conference (organized by the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine) on May 2, 2018 in New Orleans, LA

Edward (Ted) Emmett, MD, MS (Penn SRP Core B, Comunity Engagement Leader) and Anil Vachani, MD, MS (Co-Principal Investigator , Penn SRP Project 6, Biomarkers of Asbestos Exposure) participated in the American Occupational Health (AOH) Conference in a session entitled, “Asbestos Related Disease: Now Environmental Diseases” alongside presenters, Charles (Brad) Black, MD, (Center for Asbestos Related Disease (CARD), Libby, Montana, Libby, MT) and Tracy McNew, MS also of the Libby CARD.
The session discussed the changes in the historical and clinical presentations of Asbestos Related Disease (ARD) from environmental, non-occupational sources. It identified emerging exposures and unique community surveillance in Libby, MT.

Lastly, it included a review of current sources of environmental asbestos exposure and advances in biomonitoring, imaging, and treatment of Asbestos Related Disease (ARD) fielding the following questions from the attending physicians after the session:

1.  Has the ATSDR or CDC been able to determine a threshold for effects at Libby?
2.  Is there a previously-exposed population you are surveilling or following at Libby?
3.  What is the rate of "spontaneous mesothelioma"?
4.  Are there different types of disease seen with different fiber types?
5.  How useful is the Chest X-Ray as required by OSHA?
6.  Does the latent period for mesothelioma change with greater or lesser exposures?
7.  How far down does the dose-response curve go for very low exposures?
8.  How is it that we did not know about communities with elevated ARD risk before?
9.  What is the state of knowledge about man-made fibers as a cause of mesothelioma?
10.  Do the asbestos exposed Libby patients with positive ANA have rheumatic manifestations?
11.  When do mesotheliomas start to appear after prior asbestos exposure?

Community and 21st Century Asbestos Exposure and Disease. —  Edward A. Emmett, MD, MS, Penn SRP, Community Engagement Core Director
Recent Advances in Diagnosis and Treatment of ARD.- Anil Vachani, MD, MS, Co-Principal Investigator, Penn SRP, Project 6, Biomarkers of Asbestos Exposure

Penn Superfund Research Program Center Investigators Attended the 2018 NE Region Superfund Research Program (SRP) Meeting, held in Woods Hole, MA

The 2018 Northeast SRP Meeting in Woods Hole (March 26-27, 2018) brought together the eight Superfund Research Program Centers in the northeast for two days of scientific sessions with a special focus on trainee development.

This meeting was organized by the Superfund Research Program (SRP) Centers of Boston University, Northeastern University, Harvard University, Dartmouth College, Brown University, MIT, University of Rhode Island, University of Pennsylvania, and Columbia University.

Ian Blair, as Director of the Penn SRP Center organized and chaired Scientific Session 4  “Addressing Community Concerns about Environmental Hazards”, during this NE SRP Meeting that provided four examples of interactions between SRP Centers and their local communities. The speakers of this session discussed various aspects of communicating risk.  The session concluded with a panel discussion focused on the issues raised and with questions from the session’s audience.

Scientific Session 4  speakers were:

  1. Madeleine L. Scammell, BU SRP: “Can we say No? When community concerns don’t match Superfund research” 
  2. Carmen Milagros Vélez Vega, Northeastern and University of Puerto Rico: “Addressing community concerns about environmental threats in Puerto Rico
  3. Clara Sears, Brown University: “Community concerns regarding environmental exposures in aging schools”
  4. Shannon Healy Rogers, Dartmouth: “Using mental models to understand expert and community perceptions of arsenic exposure

In addition to organizing Scientific Session 4, Ian Blair also made oral and poster presentations at 2018 NE Region SRP Meeting (see links below):

Penn Superfund Research Program and Training Center is co-host and organizer of the 30th Annual NIEHS Superfund Research Program, December 6-8, 2017, Loews Hotel, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The theme for this 30th Annual Meeting of the Superfund Research Program Centers was “Fundamental Research for Innovation and Health”.  A major objective of the meeting was to identify how collaboration across disciplines within SRP centers, as well as with different SRP centers, and external partners has generated innovation in environmental health science research. 

Links to the website, program/agenda, multimedia, etc below:

Penn Superfund Research Program (SRP) Center Investigator Presents at the Second International Conference on Cytokine Signaling in Cancer in Heraklion, Crete, Greece from May 30 to June 4, 2017.

The Conference is under the sponsorship of Aegean Conferences a non‐profit educational organization promoting science through focused scientific conferences, to empower scientists to organize and participate in conferences that offer uniquely targeted content, foster high levels of scientific dialogue and provide a beautiful and relaxing environment for social interaction.

Melpo Christofidou-Solomidou, a Penn SRP Center Investigator gave an oral presentation at the Aegean Conference in Crete linked below:

Penn Superfund Research Program (SRP) Center Investigators and Trainee Presentations at the 2017 NE Region SRP Meeting, held in the Cabral Center located within the John D. O’Bryant African-American Center on the Northeastern University Campus

Researchers and Trainees from the Penn SRP Center make oral and poster presentation at 2017 NE Region SRP Meeting April 4-5, 2017.

Penn SRP Center oral presentations made at the 2017-NE SRP linked below:

Penn SRP Center Investigators and Trainee Presentations at Borit Community Advisory Group (CAG) Meetings in Ambler, April 4th, 2016 and June 1st, 2016

Penn SRP Center Investigator Presentation at the 12th International Symposium on Malignant Mesothelioma hosted by The Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation and the National Cancer Institute, at the NIH campus in Bethesda, MD, March 2-4, 2015.

The Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation (Meso Foundation) is the nonprofit collaboration of patients and families, physicians, advocates, and researchers dedicated to eradicating the life-ending and vicious effects of mesothelioma. Their aim is to be the global entity for correct medical information regarding mesothelioma and the “go to” place for everyone connected with it. 

At this event the entire mesothelioma community came together to learn of the newest advances in the science and research of mesothelioma and also to discover new treatments and approaches to improve the quality of life of those diagnosed with the disease. It allowed patients, caregivers, scientists and bereaved to share personal experiences and learn from each other. Patients really appreciated being able to speak one on one with doctors outside of a medical setting and researchers got to put a face to their research.

Penn SRP Center Investigators & Trainee Presentations at the 248th ACS National Meeting & Exposition, San Francisco, August 2014

Researchers and Trainees from the Penn SRP Center make oral and poster presentation at the 248th ACS National Meeting & Exposition, San Francisco, August 2014.

The theme of the San Francisco meeting was global aspects of the chemical enterprise related to sustainability of world resources, including green chemistry, the globalization of chemistry, and the responsibilities and opportunities chemists have to serve the broader public. There were 29 technical divisions with over 1,013 half-day oral sessions and 168 poster sessions, including Sci-Mix. More than 7,400 papers will be presented, and nearly 4,400 poster presentations will take place at the meeting.  It was anticipated that there would be some 20,000 attendees.  Therefore, the meeting provided a rare opportunity to network with colleagues involved in remediation, fate, exposure, and adverse health effects of a wide range of environmental chemicals.
Penn SRP Center oral presentations at the ACS Meeting are linked below.
Penn SRP Center poster presentation at the ACS Meeting is linked below.