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18 December 2014

Deaths of Emeritus Fellows Dr. Peter Wardenbach and Professor Dr. Friedrich Pott

Dear Fellows and Emeritus Fellows,
It is my sad duty to inform you of the recent deaths of two Emertius Fellows of the Collegium Ramazzini, Dr. Peter Wardenbach and Professor Dr. Friedrich Pott, both from Germany.
Prior to retirement, Dr. Wardenbach was the head of the Toxicology Group of the German Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. His interests included health based occupational limit values, classification and labelling of carcinogenic/mutagenic/reproductive toxicants and long term effects of granular and fibrous particles in the occupational setting. Born September 27, 1945, Peter passed away of lung cancer on November 29, 2014. He was a regular attendee at Ramazzini Days with his wife Linda.
Prof Dr. Friedrich Pott was Professor of Environmental Hygiene at the University of Duesseldorf before retiring. He was still publishing at the age of 72 with colleague Markus Roller and regularly submitted his work for poster presentation at Ramazzini Days even when he could no longer travel to meetings. Professor Pott was honoured with the Ramazzini award in 1991 for his contributions to the knowledge of carcinogenesis from natural and man-made fibers. Born May 25, 1931, Friedrich died December 11, 2014.
Detailed obituaries will be posted to the Collegium Ramazzini website shortly.

19 October 2014

Collegium Ramazzini Fellow Carol Cranor named Phi Beta Kappa's Romanell Professor in Philosophy for 2014-2015

Collegium Ramazzini Fellow Carl Cranor, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and faculty member of the Environmental Toxicology Graduate Program at the University of California, Riverside, is Phi Beta Kappa's Romanell Professor in Philosophy for 2014-2015.

The Romanell Professorship, awarded annually, recognizes the recipient's distinguished achievement and substantial contribution to the public understanding of philosophy. Phi Beta Kappa provides a stipend to supplement the awardee's salary, and the professor gives a series of three lectures open to both their institution's academic community and the general public.

Cranor's lecture series will be entitled "A Brief History of the Philosophic Relations between Science and Law to Protect the Public's Health".The three lectures will be titled Industrial Chemicals as Nuisances: The Rise of Environmental Health Laws and Their Limitations; Cancers, Brain Disorders, and the Feminization of Boys: Can We Avoid Poisoning Our Children?; and How Do Obscure Supreme Court Decisions Affect Me?

Cranor's most recent book is Legally Poisoned: How the Law Puts Us at Risk from Toxicants (Harvard University Press, 2011). Cranor has previously held American Council of Learned Societies (1980-81), Yale Law School (1980-1981) and American Philosophical Association Congressional (1985-86) fellowships, in addition to being an elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (1998) and the Collegium Ramazzini (2003).

About the Phi Beta Kappa Society
Founded in 1776, Phi Beta Kappa is the United States' oldest academic honor society. It has chapters at 283 institutions and more than half a million members throughout the country. Its mission is to champion education in the liberal arts and sciences, to recognize academic excellence, and to foster freedom of thought and expression.

14 October 2014

Documentation related to Helsinki Criteria for Asbestos-Related Disease:

Collegium Ramazzini Fellow Jorma Rantenen has made available the following links:

1) Background Document

2) Short introduction of the background document

3) First SJWEH Consensus Report

4) Helsinki Declaration on ARDs 4

5) Organising Committee: Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Treatment of malignant Pleural Mesothelioma. Asbestos Diseases Research Institute; Sydney; 2013

01 October 2014

22 October 2014, Rome, Italy > Contaminated Sites and Health: Recent Findings and The Way Forward

The Collegium Ramazzini, Italian Superior Institute for Health and WHO Collaborating Centre for Environmental Health in Contaminated Sites will host a meeting on Contaminated Sites and Health: Recent Findings and The Way Forward, in Rome, Italy on Wednesday 22 October 2014 from 9:30-16:00.

The symposium is chaired by Collegium Ramazzini Fellows Pietro Comba (Italy) and Piero Giorgio Natali (Italy) and will include presentations by Fellows Massimo Crespi (Italy), Margrit von Braun (USA), Colin Soskolne (Canada), as well as by President Philip Landrigan (USA) and Secretary General Morando Soffritti (Italy).

Download the scientific program. Please direct inquires to CR Fellow Pietro Comba.

Questions? Comments! Mail to: events@ramazzini.it