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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.

31 August 2014

Death of Emeritus Fellow Dr. Kaye H. Kilburn, MD, 7 August 2014

Collegium Ramazzini Emeritus Fellow Dr. Kaye H. Kilburn, MD passed away on 7 August 2014 at the age of 82 from complications of a stroke he suffered 12 July. Dr. Kilburn was one of the earliest members of the Collegium Ramazzini, elected in 1983. He and his wife of 60 years, Gerri, were regular attendees at the annual Ramazzini Days meeting in Carpi, Italy.

Born and raised in Utah, Kilburn graduated from the University of Utah College of Medicine in 1954, the same year he married Gerrie. He completed postgraduate training in internal medicine during his internship at Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio followed by a residency in Medicine and Pathology at University of Utah Hospitals and a fellowship in cardio-pulmonary disease at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.

In 1958 he developed a cardiopulmonary research laboratory with a staff of 15 at the U.S. Army Medical Research and Nutritional Laboratory at Fitzsimmons Army Hospital in Denver, Colorado. He returned to Duke Hospital in 1963 to organize and head the medical service of the Durham Veterans Administration. A new and novel division of Environmental Medicine was developed and organized by Dr. Kilburn at Duke from 1968-73. The epidemiology of textile workers? lung disease (byssinosis) was pursued in cooperation with the North Carolina Department of Health and Burlington Industries, the textile giant.

In 1973, Dr. Kilburn went to the University of Missouri-Columbia to establish its first pulmonary and environmental medicine program. In 1977, he returned to society?s environmental and occupational medicine frontier by joining Dr. Irving J. Selikoff in the Environmental Sciences Laboratory at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine in New York. Among his roles was the development of ?mechanisms of diseases? laboratories to complement Selikoff?s epidemiological laboratories.

In 1980, Dr. Kilburn accepted the Ralph Edgington Chair in Medicine at the University of Southern California School of Medicine, a position he held until retirement in 2006. In August of 1980, he founded the Barlow-USC Occupational Health Center as a clinical center for the investigation of the adverse health effects of environmental agents. The Pulmonary Division at USC School of Medicine and Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center, with its responsibilities for education, research and patient care, came under Dr. Kilburn?s direction in July, 1982. In 1987 Kilburn also founded his own practice, Neuro-Test Inc., to study neurobehavioral and pulmonary impairment as a result of exposure to common chemicals: mold, hydrogen sulfide, diesel, pesticides, and insecticides.

Kilburn published three books and more than 250 scientific papers. He was an editor of the Archives of Environmental Health from 1973 and editor in chief from 1980 to 2006. His work with cotton dust helped set the modern standard for respiratory care and testing. Kilburn?s work was included in a 1986 U.S. Surgeon General?s Report that helped changed the way the USA views tobacco use, leading to warning on cigarette packs.

While working at USC, Kilburn teamed with county officials and designed and built a van to provide services, such as tuberculosis testing, throughout the county, especially focusing on Downtown Los Angeles. He also studied chemical exposures at work sites, schools, and other facilities. Most recently, he had been studying the effects of hydrogen sulfide gas emanating from a Hawaiian volcano on the local community.

Kaye?s personal interests included painting, Civil War history, travel and debate. In addition to Gerrie, Kilburn is survived by two brothers, Kent and Keith, two daughters, Ann Ingram and Jean Lacob, son Scott Kilburn and four grandchildren.

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