5 May 2016
Fact Sheet on Chrysotile Asbestos
Collegium Ramazzini Fellow Richard A. Lemen and other scientists have recently prepared a Fact Sheet on Chrysotile Asbestos summarizing the scientific consensus of its dangers. The Fact Sheet illustrates the clear consensus that chrysotile asbestos cannot be used safely nor is it a safe form of asbestos.
Summary of Facts
Throughout the last thirty years, scientific organizations and governmental agencies have thoroughly and meticulously reviewed extensive published data on asbestos and have concluded that all of its commercially viable fiber types (including amosite, anthophyllite, actinolite, chrysotile, crocidolite, and tremolite) cause disease and death resulting from asbestosis, lung cancer, mesothelioma and cancers of the larynx and ovary. There has not been identified any safe level of exposure to any form of asbestos; i.e. no threshold value below which all individuals would be risk-free of contracting an asbestos-related disease. Therefore, we support the immediate prohibition of the use of any form of asbestos-containing products, including those containing chrysotile, and call for their complete elimination.
15 April 2016
Deadline for Ramazzini Days 2016 Abstracts 15 June 2016
The Priority Topics Committee of the Collegium Ramazzini is currently accepting proposals for scientific sessions for Ramazzini Days 2016. Fellows are invited to use this Google Form to submit abstracts for multi-speaker sessions or individual presentations or posters. Use the following Guidelines for Authors. The submission deadline is 15 June 2016.
Save the Date! Ramazzini Days will be held October 27-30 in Carpi, Italy. Online registration opens mid-July.
7 January 2016
Report on Collegium Ramazzini activities in Dhaka, Bangladesh in November 2015
The Collegium Ramazzini, cooperated with the Dhaka Community Hospital Trust (DCHT), the International Social Security Association (ISSA), Harvard University School of Public Health and the International Labor Organization (ILO) in organizing 1) a professional training workshop and 2) a policy conference on environmental and occupational safety and health (EOSH), which were held in late November 2015 in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
1 January 2016
Save the Date > Ramazzini Days 2016 > October 27-30
Please mark your calendars now for the 2016 edition of Ramazzini Days, to be held in Carpi, Italy beginning at 15:00 on Thursday 27 October through 15:00 on Sunday 30 October 2016. Following the success of the 2015 edition, and per the request of meeting participants, the Collegium will continue with the 3-day format.
Ground transportation will be provided from the Bologna International Airport (BLQ) and from the historical center of Bologna on the morning of Thursday 27 October. Wednesday arrivals are invited to arrange accommodations in Bologna so as to use the conference transportation from the city center the following day.
Return travel should be planned for the afternoon of Sunday 30 October or Monday 31 October. Return ground transportation will be organized on both days from Carpi to BLQ and to the historical center of Bologna.
Train travellers should plan on booking a connection all the way to Carpi (trains run from Modena centrale every 30 minutes). No transportation will be provided from the Bologna or Modena train stations.
Online registration for the event will open in July.
14 October 2015
The Collegium Ramazzini releases two special issue commentaries on the pathological diagnosis of the diseases causes by asbestos; and 2) the causation of malignant mesothelioma as related to asbestos exposure in the workplace
The Collegium Ramazzini, an international academy of 180 scientists from 35 countries, experts in environmental and occupational health, has added two additional commentaries to its twenty-five year record of denouncing the public health hazards of asbestos exposure.
The first, Comments on the 2014 Helsinki Consensus Report on Asbestos, recognizes the work of the 2014 expert committee convened by the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health to update the 1997 and 2000 Helsinki criteria on Asbestos, Asbestosis and Cancer in light of new advances in research. The Collegium however expresses concerns about the sections of the Helsinki report that discuss criteria for pathological diagnosis of the diseases caused by asbestos, specifically:
1) over-reliance on the detection of "asbestos bodies" as indicators of past exposure to asbestos;
2) over-reliance on asbestos fiber counts in lung tissue as an indicator of past exposure to asbestos;
3) use of the Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) at low magnification as a tool for evaluation of asbestos-related disease; and
4) lack of recognition that chrysotile is the predominant type of asbestos fiber found in pleural mesothelioma tissue.
The Collegium Ramazzini concludes that applying the 2014 Helsinki report recommendations on pathology diagnosis will lead to missed diagnoses of cases of disease caused by asbestos, failure of workers' compensation systems to properly compensate workers who have been exposed to asbestos, and lost opportunities for public health authorities to recognize asbestos hazards and to prevent asbestos-related disease.
The second, Comments on the causation of malignant mesothelioma, rebuts the false concept that recent exposures to asbestos do not contribute to causation of mesothelioma. Referencing the large number of cases of mesothelioma that have been brought to the attention of the Italian courts as possible occupational diseases, the Collegium Ramazzini concludes that risk of malignant mesothelioma is related to cumulative exposure to asbestos in which all exposures - early as well as late - contribute to the totality of risk.
The Collegium Ramazzini rejects as false, mendacious, and scientifically unfounded the claim put forth by the Italian asbestos industry and its expert witnesses that in cases of prolonged exposures to asbestos only the earliest periods of exposure contribute to mesothelioma induction, while all subsequent exposures have no causal role. The Collegium Ramazzini is deeply concerned that acceptance of this false claim will contribute to the unjust denial of workers' compensation and civil damages to affected workers, that it will hinder efforts to diagnose and prevent malignant mesothelioma, and that ultimately it will undermine the health of the public in Italy and in countries around the world.
Related positions of the Collegium Ramazzini on asbestos are available for consultation, including:
- The Global Health Dimensions of Asbestos and Asbestos-Related Diseases (2015).
Chinese, Japanese; Portuguese, and Spanish]
- Asbestos is Still With Us: Repeat Call for a Universal Ban (2010)
- Call for an International Ban on Asbestos: Statement Update (2004)
- Call for an International Ban on Asbestos (1999)
- Chrysotile Asbestos as a Carcinogen (1993)
- Press release 14 October 2015
1 October 2015
Death of Fellow Professor Massimo Crespi 28 September 2015
Massimo Crespi passed away on 28 September 2015, two weeks after a diagnosis of lung cancer. He was a physician who devoted his professional life to the prevention, screening and early detection of cancer.
Professor Crespi earned a degree in Medicine at the University of Rome in 1959. After hospital training and specializations in Gastroenterology and Metabolic and Liver Diseases at the same institution, he joined the National Cancer Institute Regina Elena in Rome where he established the new Gastroenterology and Endoscopy Service. In 1980, Professor Crespi's interests shifted to oncology and under his chairmanship a new department was created at Regina Elena. This new "Cancer Detection Center" encompassed the whole spectrum of cancer prevention from epidemiology to six specialized units devoted to cancer screening. A fruitful collaboration between the Center and the International Agency for Research on Cancer led to research in Iran, China, South America and Africa focused on the multi-factorial etiology of esophageal cancer. Dr. Crespi became a leading figure in the international arena of gastroenterology as President of the World Organization of Digestive Endoscopy and Chair of the United European Gastroenterology Federation. He was also awarded Honorary Fellowship in the Royal College of Physicians in London and elected as a Governor of the American College of Gastroenterology. Professor Crespi remained devoted to the promotion of prevention and screening in retirement serving as the Secretary General of the Mediterranean Task Force for Cancer Control.
Professor Crespi participated actively in the Collegium Ramazzini since his election in 1983, serving multiple terms on the Executive Council. He lent his expertise and leadership to the creation of the Collegium's 12th official statement entitled "Cancer Prevention, Screening and Early Diagnosis, the Neglected Side of Cancer Control: A Call for Action" and was awarded in 2008 the academy's prestigious Ramazzini Award for his scientific and institutional contribution to the prevention, screening and early detection of cancer.
Massimo was a true follower of Bernardino Ramazzini and set an example as an innovator in preventive medicine. His contributions in the field of detection and prevention of gastrointestinal cancer aided the protection of public health around the world.
9 September 2015
Report on Collegium Ramazzini 2015 summer courses: Munich, Bangkok and Brescia
Three international courses on Occupational Health and Safety and Environmental Health were successfully held this summer under the auspices of the Collegium Ramazzini: i) the summer course "Teaching interventions crossing borders" from 30 July to 7 August at the Ludwig Maximillian University of Munich, Germany (Radon et al., 2009); ii) the "Advanced International Training Course in Occupational and Environmental Health", held 17-22 August at the Chulabhorn Research Institute in Bangkok, Thailand; iii) and the summer course "Occupational and Environmental Determinants of Diseases: a multidisciplinary approach as a key for prevention", held 31 August to 4 September at the University of Brescia, Italy.
1 September 2015
Symposium on Perspectives In Global Environmental Health in Rome, Italy 21 October 2015
The Collegium Ramazzini, together with the Istituto Superiore di Sanita' (ISS) and the WHO Collaborating Centre for Environmental Health in Contaminated Sites will host a day-long symposium on "Perspectives In Global Environmental Health".
The meeting will be held at ISS on 21 October 2015. Speakers from the Collegium Ramazzini include: Fiorella Belpoggi (Italy), Pietro Comba (Italy), Massimo Crespi (Italy), Rodney Ehrlich (South Africa), Francesco Forastiere (Italy), Raul Harari (Ecuador), Richard Jackson (USA), Melissa McDiarmid (USA), Pier Giorgio Natali (Italy) and Morando Soffritti (Italy). The event program may be downloaded here.
The event is open to the public. Due to limited seating, interested participants are asked to send an email to the Scientific Secretariat c/o Fellow Pietro Comba.
22 July 2015
Report on MNUMS and CR Conference held in Ulaanbaatar, MN June 2015
The Mongolian National University of Medical Science (MNUMS) and the Collegium Ramazzini (CR) organized a Conference on Occupational and Environmental Health in Construction and Mining Sectors on 22-24 June 2015 in Ulaanbaatar, MN. The audience of approximately 70 included representatives from the Mongolian Construction and Mining sectors, NGOs, labor and Mongolian Government including the Ministry of Labor.
13 July 2015
In Memorium: Collegium Ramazzini Fellow Paul J. Lioy
The Collegium Ramazzini is deeply saddened by the premature loss of Fellow Paul J. Lioy, an active member since 1998. Colleagues at Rutgers have created a memorial website to honor Paul: http://paullioy.com/. The following obituary appeared in the New York Times on Sunday 12 July 2015.
24 June 2015
The Collegium Ramazzini Releases Official Position on The Global Health Dimensions of Asbestos and Asbestos-related Diseases
18th statement of the international academy affirms long-standing position calling for a ban on all mining, manufacture and use of asbestos.
01 May 2015
Save the Date > Ramazzini Days 2015 > October 22-25
Please mark your calendars now for a special 3-day edition of Ramazzini Days, to be held in Carpi, Italy beginning at 15:00 on Thursday 22 October through 15:00 on Sunday 25 October 2015. This is the 10-year anniversary of the Collegium's "Living in a Chemical World" conference series and we will be celebrating by adding an additional day of scientific sessions to the annual meeting.
Ground transportation will be provided from the Bologna International Airport (BLQ) and from the historical center of Bologna on the morning of Thursday 22 October. Wednesday arrivals are invited to arrange accommodations in Bologna so as to use the conference transportation from the city center the following day.
Return travel should be planned for the afternoon of Sunday 25 October or Monday 26 October. Return ground transportation will be organized on both days from Carpi to BLQ and to the historical center of Bologna.
Train travellers should plan on booking a connection all the way to Carpi (trains run from Modena centrale every 30 minutes). No transportation will be provided from the Bologna or Modena train stations.
Online registration for the event will open in July.
24 March 2015
In Memorium: Collegium Ramazzini Emeritus Fellow Marek Jakubowski
Emeritus Fellow of the Collegium Ramazzini Marek Jakubowski passed away on 14 March 2015 after a two-year battle with cancer.
Professor Jakubowski was a member of the scientific staff of the Nofer Institute of Occupational Medicine in Lodz, Poland, its Scientific Secretary and the Head of the Department Chemical Hazards. In his research he focused mainly on the toxicology of heavy metals and on the development of biological monitoring of environmental and occupational exposures.
For the last few years he was the principal investigator of a research project aimed at the evaluation of health risks from exposure to cadmium, manganese and volatile organic compounds, supported by the Polish Government. He was also coordinator of research carried out in Poland and financed by the European Commission such as Gene polymorphism and biomonitoring of styrene, Development of a coherent approach to human biomonitoring in Europe, and by the European Chemical Industry Council on Biological monitoring of exposure- trends and key developments.
Professor Jakubowski was a member of the WHO task groups developing the Air Quality Guidelines for Europe and documents on the Health Risk of Heavy Metals and POPs from Long range Transboundary Air Pollution. He belonged to the ICOH Commission on Occupational Toxicology and the served as head of the commission preparing scientific documentation of Occupational Exposure Limits in Poland. He published over 120 scientific articles and book chapters (e.g. in Patty's Toxicology and Handbook on the Toxicology of Metals). He fully retired from the Institute two years ago.
Marek Jakubowski will be remembered as an excellent scientist and a colleague who gave great satisfactions to all those who were fortunate to cooperate with him or work under his leadership.
Marek is survived by his beloved wife Elzbieta, two sons and four grandchildren.
10 March 2015
The Collegium Ramazzini publishes its 17th position statement: Most Types of Cancer are Not Due to Bad Luck
The Collegium Ramazzini has published its 17th position statement entitled "Most Types of Cancer are Not Due to Bad Luck". The full text of the document and references may be downloaded here.
26 February 2015
In Memorium: Collegium Ramazzini Emeritus Fellow and Past President Arthur C. Upton (1923-2015)
Emeritus Fellow and Past President of the Collegium Ramazzini Dr. Arthur Canfield Upton passed away on 14 February 2015. Dr. Upton was internationally recognized for his research on the health effects of ionizing radiation and other hazardous environmental agents. Born on February 27, 1923, in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where he spent his childhood, he graduated from Phillips Academy, Andover, MA, and, subsequently, from the University of Michigan, from which he received both the bachelor's and medical degrees (1944 and 1946 respectively).
23 February 2015
In Memorium: Collegium Ramazzini Fellow Maths Berlin (1932-2015)
It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Collegium Ramazzini Fellow, Professor emeritus MD, PhD Maths Berlin on January 26, 2015 at the age of 83.
15 February 2015
The Collegium Ramazzini joins with IARC and agrees that most types of cancer are not due to "bad luck"
The Collegium fully endorses the International Agency for Research on Cancer's (IARC) criticism of a report by Tomasetti and Vogelstein published in Science January 2, 2015, that asserts that environmental and lifestyle risk factors are of marginal importance (accounting for less than one third of cancers) and that cancer development is largely the result of "bad luck". Especially troubling about these authors' assertions, is the implied threat to primary prevention efforts, now seemingly deemed to be irrelevant, if "bad luck" is the operative driver of cancer cases. Such a notion is also vigorously disputed by the Collegium Ramazzini.
The full IARC statement may be consulted here:
The Tomasetti and Vogelstein article may be found here:
8 January 2015
Peter Wardenbach in Memoriam (1945-2014)
Collegium Ramazzini Emeritus Fellow Dr. Peter Wardenbach peacefully passed away on November 29th, 2014 at the age of 69 at home, surrounded by his family. He leaves his wife Linda, 3 children and 3 grandchildren behind.
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.
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.
28 July 2014
CR-endorsed symposium at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia on 24 October 2014
Fellows are invited to participate in a symposium on Bridging Research and Educational Programs in Public Health and Preventive Medicine: an International Perspective, to be held in Modena, Italy on Friday 24 October 2014 from 9:30-12:30, prior to the start of the 2014 Ramazzini Days annual meeting. The event is organized by the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia (Unimore) in collaboration with the Hygiene and Preventive Medicine Residency Program, the International Doctorate of Clinical & Experimental Medicine and the Research Centre in Environmental, Genetic and Nutritional Epidemiology (CREAGEN).
Endorsed by the Collegium Ramazzini, the morning will include presentations by Fellows Yoram Finkelstein, Leslie London, Roberto Lucchini and Elihu Richter as well as speakers from Unimore. This is a unique opportunity for the Collegium Ramazzini to engage with young Italian physicians during their training. Download the scientific program. Please direct inquires to CR Fellow Yoram Finkelstein.
26 June 2014
Ramazzini Days 2014 schedule/registration and nomination deadlines
Ramazzini Days will be held 24-26 October 2014. Online event registration will remain active from 14 July to 15 September. View the schedule of events here: www.collegiumramazzini.org/ramazzinidays2014.asp
Note important changes to the meeting schedule. The Council of Fellows meeting will be held on Friday afternoon. Fellows should plan to arrive at the Bologna International Airport (BLQ) or Modena Centrale train station before 13:00 on Friday 24 October. Thursday arrivals are invited to book individual overnight accommodations in Bologna; transportation from the city center of Bologna to Carpi will be provided by the conference organization on Friday morning. Return travel should be scheduled on Sunday 26 October or Monday 27 October.
At the time of conference registration Fellows will be directed to the payments page to pay conference fees, renew their annual membership and settle eventual arrears online. Payments may be made at any time by clicking on "Fees and Donations": http://www.collegiumramazzini.org/membership.asp
Fellows who are unable to attend the annual meeting are invited to send regrets to the General Secretariat, c/o Conference Manager Federica Scagliarini at email@example.com. Regrets should be received no later than 15 September. Please confirm current contact information at that time.
29 April 2014
University of Brescia Summer School 1-5 September 2014
The University of Brescia (Italy) School of Medicine is now accepting applications for the 5th edition of its summer school program on "Occupational and environmental determinants of disease: multidisciplinary approach as a key for prevention". The course will be held from 1-5 September in Brescia, Italy. It is sponsored by the University of Brescia in collaboration with the Collegium Ramazzini, the International Commission on Occupational Health Scientific Committee on Education and Training, the Selikoff Centers for Occupational Heath of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine (New York), the NIOSH Education and Research Center and the Italian Society of Occupational Medicine and Industrial Hygiene. The program and application procedure may be found online at www.summerschoolunibs.org.
15 March 2014
Report from Dhaka Conference held 24-26 February 2014
The Collegium Ramazzini, Harvard University and the Dhaka Community Hospital Trust hosted a conference entitled "Sustainable work/sustainable development, safety and health awareness training to improve working conditions in the garment, tannery and construction industries of Bangladesh" at the Dhaka community hospital on February 24-26, 2014 in Dhaka, Bangladesh. It was chaired by the Chairman of Dhaka Community Hospital Trust, Dr. Quazi Quamruzzaman and Dr. David Christiani from Harvard University representing the Collegium Ramazzini. Collegium Fellow Ronald Dobbin coordinated the organization of the conference on behalf of the Collegium Ramazzini.
7 March 2014
Death of Fellow Hemantha D. Wickramatillake March 2014
The Collegium Ramazzini mourns the unexpected and premature loss of our colleague Hemantha D. Wickramatillake from Sri Lanka. Hemantha passed away this week while teaching in Kuala Lampur, Maylasia.
Dr. Wickramatillake was the former Director of the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health in Sri Lanka and, at the time of his nomination to the Collegium Ramazzini, was one of only two fully-trained occupational medicine physicians in his country, a nation of 20 million people.
Dr. Wickramatillake earned his MD at the University of Ceylon, his Master of Science in Environmental Health and Occupational Medicine from the National University of Singapore and his PhD in Occupational Health at the University of Adelaide.
He held a number of academic appointments including at Maulana Azad Medical College in New Delhi, the University of Moratuwa and the University of Colombo in Sri Lanka, the University of Adelaide, Australia and Drexel University, USA.
Hemantha contributed to a number of international projects including extensive work following the devastating Tsunami that struck Sri Lanka in 2005. He was appointed by the United Nations as one of the 5 experts from Asian countries to evaluate the NGO collaboration in disaster reconstruction. He also worked with numerous other international organizations including UNICEF, USAID, the World Bank and various ministries in Sri Lanka.
Hemantha was married and was a great sports enthusiast, basketball being his favorite. He was elected to the Collegium Ramazzini in 2010 and attended two editions of Ramazzini Days, in 2011 and 2013. We extend our deepest sympathy to his family and the wide network of patients and colleagues who held him in such high regard.
1 March 2014
Save the Date > Ramazzini Days 2014 > October 24-26
The dates for Ramazzini Days 2014 have been set - mark your calendars for October 24-26 in Carpi, Italy. This year's meeting will include an additional session on Friday afternoon. Plan to arrive in Bologna the morning of the 24th and depart the late afternoon of the 26th or morning of the 27th. Online registration will open in July 2014.
06 January 2014
CR to provide safety and health awareness training to improve working conditions in the garment, tannery and construction industries of Bangladesh
Dhaka Community Hospital and Collegium Ramazzini, with assistance from the International Social Security Association (ISSA), propose to undertake a training of Bangladeshi public health and medical practitioners, business and labor leaders, related NGOs and others interested in evidence-based protection of the health of Bangladeshi workers and their families with practical tools they need to seek improvements, especially in the high risk Textile/Garment-making, Tanneries, and Construction Sectors. This training course will be held in Dhaka on Feb. 24-26, 2014
27 October 2013
Kathleen Ruff given Special Award from the Collegium Ramazzini
The Collegium Ramazzini and the Town of Carpi are proud to recognize KATHLEEN RUFF as the recipient of a Special Award to honor her steadfast and effective advocacy in the international effort to ban the ongoing use of asbestos and for promoting better occupational and environmental health protections throughout the world.
26 October 2013
Dr. John Froines awarded 2013 Ramazzini Award by the Collegium Ramazzini
The Collegium Ramazzini and the Town of Carpi are proud to recognize JOHN R. FROINES as Ramazzini Award recipient and Ramazzini Lecturer for 2013 for his outstanding career in occupational and environmental health research and advocacy, especially his pioneering work to develop the federal occupational lead and cotton dust exposure standards in the United States and his work in California that led to the recognition of diesel exhaust as a significant toxic air contaminant, preserving the health and the lives of millions.
12 August 2013
Collegium Ramazzini Fellow Ana Soto named Blaise Pascal Chair in Biology at the Ecole normale superieure in Paris
The Collegium Ramazzini extends its most sincere congratulations to Fellow Ana Soto, who was named Blaise Pascal Chair in Biology at the Ecole normale superieure in Paris.
The Blaise Pascal Chair, (Chaires Internationales de Recherche Blaise Pascal, France) was established in 1996 by the Government of the Ile-de-France Region for internationally acclaimed foreign scientists in all disciplines. A scientific committee annually selects the most outstanding candidates from all over the world. Since its inception a number of famous scientists were the Blaise Pascal Chair laureates: G?rard Debreu (UC Berkeley, 1983 Nobel Prize in Economics), Ahmed Zewail (Caltech, 1999 Nobel Prize in Chemistry), Igor Mel'čuk (University of Montreal, the world leading researcher in linguistics), George Smoot (LBL, 2006 Nobel Prize in experimental Astrophysics), Robert Langlands (UBC, 1996 Wolf Prize, one of the most influential mathematicians of the 20th century), outstanding theoretical physicists Gabriele Veneziano (CERN/College de France), Alexander Zamolodchikov (Rutgers), and others.
Each year four scientists are chosen for this great honor; Collegium Ramazzini Fellow Ana Soto is this year's recipient of the biology chair. Her predecessor in biology is Elizabeth Blackburn, a Nobel Laureate. Professor Soto will spend 12 months in France at Ecole Normale Superieure over two years, working on a project to develop theoretical insights on the complexity of development. Her host is Professor Giuseppe Longo, a member of the European Academy of Sciences.
See announcement (in French) on Ecole normale superieure website.
01 July 2013
Prestigious Paracelsus Medal awarded to Emeritus Fellow of the Collegium Ramazzini, Professor Hans-Joachim Woitowitz (Germany)
The prestigious Paracelsus Medal awarded to Emeritus Fellow of the Collegium Ramazzini, Professor Hans-Joachim Woitowitz (Germany), for his outstanding contribution to occupational health, his life's work on Asbestos research and regulation and his unbending fight for Asbestos-victims and their compensation. The Paracelsus Medal is the highest distinction of the German Federal Medical Association, the chamber representation of all 400.000 German physicians. Among the recipients are distinguished names such as Albert Schweitzer.
13 June 2013
The Collegium Ramazzini releases an official position on Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals (EDCs) and Chemicals Safety Policy in the EU
The Collegium Ramazzini has sent a letter to President Barroso and Commissioners Tajani, Potočnik, and Borg urging stringent hazard-based evaluation criteria for EDCs and a precautionary approach that will protect the general population and workers against these serious hazards.
06 June 2013
Death of Fellow Istvan Ember (Hungary) 1 June 2013
It is with great sadness that the Collegium Ramazzini shares the news of the premature death of Fellow Istvan Ember from Hungary. Professor Ember was one of the most active members of the Collegium Ramazzini, organizing the recent symposium at University of Pecs where he was the Head of the Public Health Institute. Professor Ember was a mentor to many young scientists, several of which accompanied him to Carpi for the annual Ramazzini Days meeting and participated in the scientific poster sessions. One of these colleagues, Katalin Gombos, prepared the text below, making special note of how important Collegium membership was to our friend Istvan.
17 May 2013
CR Fellow Philippe Grandjean authors "Only one chance" book on brain development and neurotoxic chemicals
Based on his studies of brain toxicity in children, Philippe Grandjean's book reviews how industrial chemicals are causing a silent pandemic of chemical brain drain. He links vulnerable development of our complicated brain circuitry to functional changes caused by environmental pollutants and exposes how a combination of academic naivet?, negligence by regulatory authorities, and irresponsible interference by vested interests has created a public health crisis of chemical brain drain. The book was released in May in the US by Oxford University Press. In connection with the book release, Philippe Grandjean has launched a website for news and comments on industrial chemicals that damage brain development.
25 March 2013
22/24 April 2013 in Yerevan, Armenia > Symposium on Mining and Construction in Transition Economies
The Collegium Ramazzini will hold an International Scientific Symposium on Emerging Issues in Environmental and Occupational Health: Mining and Construction in Transition Economies. This event will be held in Yerevan, Armenia on April 22-24, 2013 in collaboration with AUA College of Health Science and AUA Akopian Center for the Environment. The scientific program and participants may be consulted on the
19 March 2013
Release of UNEP/WHO Update on the State-of-the-Science of Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals
Congratulations to Collegium Ramazzini Fellow Maria Neira and team who have just announced the recent launch of their joint UNEP/WHO Update on the State-of-the-Science of Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals.
The report looks at effects of exposure of EDCs with special considerations to vulnerability and is availabile on the WHO children's environmental heath website:
15 March 2013
5th ICOH Conference on the History of Occupational and Environmental Health > 28-31 October 2013
The 5th ICOH Conference on the History of Occupational and Environmental Health will be held 28-31 October 2013 at the Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands. The theme of the conference is "The struggle about evidence in occupational and environmental health". ICOH made a special effort to coordinate dates with the annual meeting of the Collegium Ramazzini, scheduled for 25-27 October in Carpi, Italy. For the conference program, registration and abstract submission, visit: http://www.icoh2013-history.org
6 March 2013
CR Fellow Paul Lioy will deliver lecture at the University of Brescia, Italy on 19 March 2013
On 19 March 2013 CR Fellow Paul Lioy will deliver a seminar at the University of Brescia's School of Occupational Medicine. The title of his lecture is "Exposure science in the 21st century: an opportunity to improve research in occupational and environmental health sciences".
25 February 2013
WHO Europe report on Health Aspects of Chemical Safety: Strategic Directions for Action
Fellow Fiorella Belpoggi represented the Collegium Ramazzini as an expert contributor at the October 2012 meeting of WHO Europe in Bonn. The report of the meeting "Health Aspects of Chemical Safety: Strategic Directions for Actions" is now available on WHO/Europe website:
31 January 2013
Applications now being accepted for Brescia Summer School 2-6 September 2013
Applications are now being accepted for the 4th edition the Summer School of Brescia, Italy organized by Fellow Roberto Lucchini under the auspices of the Collegium Ramazzini. The title of this year's session is "Occupational and environmental determinants of disease: multidisciplinary approach as a key for research and prevention". The program will run from 2-6 September 2013, ECM credits are available. For more information visit: http://summerunibs.neurotoxmet.org
28 January 2013
The cost of ignoring the warning signs - EEA publishes Late Lessons from Early Warnings, volume II
The 2013 Late lessons from early warnings report is the second of its type produced by the European Environment Agency (EEA) in collaboration with a broad range of external authors and peer reviewers. The case studies across both volumes of Late lessons from early warnings cover a diverse range of chemical and technological innovations, and highlight a number of systemic problems. The 'Late Lessons Project' illustrates how damaging and costly the misuse or neglect of the precautionary principle can be, using case studies and a synthesis of the lessons to be learned and applied to maximising innovations whilst minimising harms.
Numerous Fellows of the Collegium Ramazzini contributed to the pubblication. To download the contents visit:
01 January 2013
Ramazzini Days 2013
The dates for Ramazzini Days 2013 have been set - mark your calendars for October 25-27 in Carpi, Italy. Plan to arrive in Bologna the 25th and depart the late afternoon of the 27th or morning of the 28th. Online registration will open in July 2013. Happy New Year!
13 September 2012
Fellow Richard J. Jackson selected for 2012 Heinz Award
Collegium Ramazzini Fellow Richard J. Jackson has been selected for the 2012 Heinz Award in the area of Environment. The Heinz Awards pay tribute to the memory of Senator H. John Heinz III by celebrating those who embrace, as he did, the joyous American belief that individuals have both the power and responsibility to change the world for the better. As a reminder of the virtues of hard work, determination, excellence and a broad vision for the future, the Heinz Family Foundation annually recognizes a remarkable group of individuals for their extraordinary contributions. (Continue reading for Dr. Jackson's bio).
26 August 2012
The Cost-Effectiveness of Environmental Approaches to Disease Prevention
Fellow Ellen Silbergeld would like to share the following article with the Collegium Ramazzini. The Cost-Effectiveness of Environmental Approaches to Disease Prevention. N Engl J Med 2012; 367:295-297 July 26, 2012
24 July 2012
National and International Epidemiology Organisations Launch Call for a Global Ban on Asbestos
In a Statement released on 24 July 2012, national and international organisations that study the causes and prevention of disease epidemics, call, for the first time, for a global ban on the mining, use, and export of all forms of asbestos. The Statement has already been endorsed by over 150 public health, civil society organizations and individual scientists from twenty countries, including the Collegium Ramazzini.
"Continued use of asbestos will lead to a public health disaster of asbestos-related illness and premature death for decades to come, repeating the epidemic we are witnessing today in industrialised countries that used asbestos in the past," stated Dr. Stanley Weiss, chair of the Joint Policy Committee of the Societies of Epidemiology (JPC-SE), which released the Statement. The JPC-SE comprises a number of Canadian, U.S. and international epidemiology organisations [full text continues below].
Online registration for Ramazzini Days 2012 opens July 16th
Online registration for the 2012 edition of the Annual Ramazzini Days will open on Monday, July 16th. The schedule of events may be viewed at http://www.collegiumramazzini.org/ramazzinidays2012.asp.
Abstracts for the Saturday Work of the Fellows sessions and the Sunday session on "Precaution in science and the science-policy interface" should be sent to the Priority Topics Committee, c/o Chairwoman Dr. Melissa McDiarmid at Mmcdiarm@medicine.umaryland.edu by 15 September. Missed last year's meeting? View or download Ramazzini Days 2011 presentations and abstracts.
Direct questions to conference co-manager Federica Scagliarini firstname.lastname@example.org.
22 May 2012
Online registration open for one-day conference on Benzene > June 28th @ Mt. Sinai School of Medicine
On June 28, 2012 the Collegium Ramazzini and the Mount Sinai School of Medicine will host a one-day conference on "Benzene, childhood leukemias and hematopoietic lymphoreticular cancers" in honor of Collegium co-founder Irving J. Selikoff. The event will be held in the Goldwurm Auditorium at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. Fellows and guests are invited to register online for the event. Consult the
scientific program here. Questions may be directed to Ms. Alvara McBean, Department of Preventive Medicine, Mount Sinai School of Medicine email@example.com +1 212-824-7046.
15 May 2012
CR President Phil Landrigan to speak at the University of Brescia on 21 May 2012
Collegium Ramazzini President Philip Landrigan will deliver a seminar to the School of Occupational Medicine at the University of Brescia, Italy on May 21, 2012 from 14:30 to 17:30. The lecture is entitled "The World Trade Center workers cohort: 10 years of epidemiological surveillance". Interested guests are invited to contact Fellow Roberto Lucchini firstname.lastname@example.org.
21 April 2012
Dr. Amalia Laborde shares outcomes of Montevideo conference
It was a great pleasure to have you all here in Montevideo for the International Conference "Environmental Health in Political Agenda". On behalf of the organizers, I send you thanks for the messages and notes of appreciation. We also want to acknowledge your kindness and professionalism that facilitated all the organizational issues. The meeting, and particularly the high level of your scientific contributions, will be a milestone in the Environmental Health knowledge and actions in South America.
Everything was definitely merit of the Collegium Ramazzini, NIEHS and OPS-OMS colleagues for their scientific contribution, financial support and convening power. We had 190 participants from Uruguay, and 40 from abroad, Argentina, Brazil, Chile ,Ecuador, Italy, Paraguay and the USA . Classical and emerging issues in environmental health were addressed in seven lectures and 32 presentations. There was a poster session with 34 regional investigations. Six manuscripts were submitted for the Jenny Pronczuk Award. The winning team was from the Universidad del Comahue, Neuquen, Argentina: M.G.Rovedatti, N. Guinazu, V Bulgaroni, G.l Alvarez, A.Cecchi , G. Chiapella, B. Vera, M Quintana, V.Guillermo Sabino, N. Quidel , S. Anderle, M.C Bertone, S.Vazquez and G.Magnarelli for their paper on "Health impact of environmental pesticides exposure of the triad Mother-Placent- Fetus and preventive actions."
The training course on Environment , Reproductive and Fetal Health had 90 participants. WHO publications on Children Environmental Health and copies of the Training Modules were distributed to the health professionals. The parallel session sponsored by PAHO-WHO about Pediatric Environmental History has promoted interest and initiatives to advance in a short questionnaire for the primary care sector.
Many exchanges of documents, books, research, educational and health practice interactions were strengthened or created thanks to this meeting. We believe that it was a great step toward more and better networking for the near future.
With warm greetings to all,
Prof Dra Amalia Laborde
Departamento de Toxicologia
Centro de Informacion y Asesoramiento Toxicologico (CIAT)
Unidad Pediatrica Ambiental
Unidad de Toxicologia Laboral y Ambiental
Facultad de Medicina
Universidad de la Republica
19 March 2012
Countdown to Montevideo - Final Scientific Program
Safe travels and best of luck to colleagues travelling to Montevideo, Uruguay on March 22-24, 2012 for the long-awaited conference "Salud Ambiental en la Agenda Politica". The event is jointly organized by the Collegium Ramazzini and the Universidad Republica Oriental de Uruguay in honor of Dr. Jenny Pronczuk De Garbino (1947-2010), Fellow of the Collegium Ramazzini and champion for children's environmental health. The final scientific program may be downloaded here. A special thanks to Fellows Amalia Laborde and Lilian Corra for their extraordinary efforts in organizing this landmark event.
8 March 2012
This man knows all about cancer, Hazards magazine, number 117, 2012
Fellow Andrew Watterson would like to share the following article with Collegium colleagues:
This man knows all about cancer, Hazards magazine, number 117, 2012. The piece focuses on the story of Simon Pickvance, a workplace health expert who has proof the UK is ignoring an occupational cancer epidemic. Pickvance has first-hand experience of what this official inaction can mean; in 2010, he was diagnosed with the most feared work cancer around. The article is the featured cover story, see cover image.
17 February 2012
ADAO Memorial Video Dedication to Dr. Stephen Levin
The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) has created a memorial video tribute to remember Collegium Ramazzini Fellow Steve Levin:
Fellows Richard Lemen and Arthur Frank are Co-Science Advisors at ADAO, a special thanks to them for sharing this video with the Collegium Ramazzini.
8 February 2012
Death of Collegium Ramazzini Fellow Dr. Stephen Levin, February 7, 2012
Dear Fellows and Emeritus Fellows of the Collegium Ramazzini,
It is with great sadness that I write to inform you of the death of our dear colleague Stephen Levin, MD, Professor of Occupational Medicine in the Department of Preventive Medicine of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, and for many years Medical Director of the Mount Sinai Irving J. Selikoff Center for Occupational and Environmental Medicine.
Dr. Levin was a 1967 graduate of the New York University School of Medicine. After a decade of practice in General Medicine in Pennsylvania, he came to Mount Sinai to receive his training in Occupational Medicine. Following completion of his training, he joined the Mount Sinai faculty. He spent the remainder of his career at Mount Sinai, rose through the academic ranks and was promoted to full Professor in 2011.
Dr. Levin became Medical Director of the Mount Sinai Selikoff Center in 1987 . He was active in the Occupational Medicine teaching program for medical students and residents. His research interests focused on asbestos-related disease, other occupational lung diseases and heavy metal toxicity.
Dr. Levin served as a consultant to the New York State, New Jersey, and New York City Departments of Health on the health hazards of environmental pollutants.
In response to the events of September 11, 2001, Dr. Levin devoted his expertise for over a decade to the evaluation and treatment of patients who developed respiratory and psychological illnesses as a consequence of their exposures and experiences at or near the site of the World Trade Center (WTC) disaster. He was Co-Director of the WTC Worker and Volunteer Medical Screening Program, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which provided medical assessments, diagnostic referrals and occupational health education for over 20,000 workers and volunteers who performed rescue and recovery work at the WTC site. He served as Principal Investigator and Director of the Data and Coordination Center for the federally funded WTC Medical Monitoring Program that provides repeat examinations for the WTC responder cohort.
Dr. Levin was an active member of the Collegium Ramazzini since 1990 and was honored with the Collegium's Irving J. Selikoff Memorial Award on December 2 , 2009 in New York, one of only five recipients of the award since its inception in 1993.
Philip J. Landrigan
President, Collegium Ramazzini
14 January 2012
Save the Date > June 28, 2012, Benzene Conference New York
On June 28, 2012 the Collegium Ramazzini and the Mount Sinai School of Medicine will host a one-day conference on "BENZENE, CHILDHOOD LEUKEMIAS AND HEMATOPOIETIC LYMPHORETICULAR CANCERS" in honor of Collegium co-founder Irving J. Selikoff. The event will be held in the Goldwurm Auditorium at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. Download scientific program.
10 December 2011
New website for Montevideo conference > 22-24 March 2012
Visit the new website of the upcoming meeting on "Environment and health in political agenda" to be held Montevideo, Uruguay from March 22-24, 2012: www.ciat.hc.edu.uy/. The conference is jointly organized by the Collegium Ramazzini and the Universidad Republica Oriental de Uruguay in honor of Dr. Jenny Pronczuk De Garbino (1947-2010), Fellow of the Collegium Ramazzini, who dedicated her professional life to the prevention of child diseases in the world. A preparatory symposium is also planned in Buenos Aires on March 20th.
1 December 2012
Save the Dates Ramazzini Days 2012
The 2012 edition of the Annual Ramazzini Days will be held in Carpi, Italy on October 27th and 28th. Fellows should plan to arrive at the Bologna International Airport or Modena/Carpi train stations on Friday 26 October. Departures should be scheduled on Sunday afternoon October 28th or Monday October 29th. Online registration will open in July 2012. Questions may be directed to Conference Manager Federica Scagliarini email@example.com. View Ramazzini Days 2011 presentations. Program and abstracts also available for download.
24 October 2011
CR Statement on the Safety and Health of Migrant Labour
The Collegium Ramazzini has just released its 16th statement: "The Safety and Health of Migrant Labour: A Call to the International Community for Action". The abstract of this statement is published below, the full text may be downloaded here.
As part of its core mission to disseminate information to concerned stakeholders, the Collegium regularly releases "Collegium Ramazzini Statements" on topics of particular interest. These statements are used as reference points for governments and international agencies as well as by physicians in occupational medicine. Statements reflect the official orientation of the Collegium on topics of major interest. They are adopted in full independence and are exclusively based on scientific knowledge and ethical principles.
28 September 2011
Save the Date: CR conference in Montevideo, Uruguay 22-24 March 2012
Dates have been set for the Collegium Ramazzini meeting in South America on "Environment and health in political agenda" to be held Montevideo, Uruguay from March 22-24, 2012. A preparatory symposium is also planned in Buenos Aires on March 20th. These events will be held in the name of Dr. Jenny Pronczuk De Garbino (1947-2010), Fellow of the Collegium Ramazzini, who dedicated her professional life to the prevention of child diseases in the world. The conference is made possible thanks to a collaboration with the Universidad Republica Oriental de Uruguay; Fellows Amalia Laborde (Uruguay) and Lillian Corra (Argentina) have taken a leading role in the organization and promotion of the event.
21 September 2011
CR 2011 Elections - deadline to return ballot 10 October
Ballots for the 2011 election were e-mailed to Fellows on Wednesday 21 September 2011. Ballots must be returned by 10 October (postmarked) in order to be considered valid. Questions or requests to have a ballot resent may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
11 August 2011
Death of Professor Yasunosuke Suzuki August 8, 2011
It is with great sadness that the Collegium Ramazzini informs its Fellows of the death of one of its most illustrious and beloved colleagues, Professor Yasunosuke Suzuki. Professor Suzuki was an influential member of the Collegium and was honored with the Ramazzini Award in 1993 for his contribution to the scientific knowledge on the pathology of mesotheliomas among asbestos-exposed workers. Upon his retirement from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in 2006, the Collegium Ramazzini again honored Professor Suzuki with the Irving J. Selikoff Award to recognize his many years of work as a pathologist who meticulously studied the diseases caused by asbestos and who also ventured forth courageously from his laboratory, as a true follower of Ramazzini and Selikoff, to press the urgent need in nations around the world for the banning of all production and use of all forms of asbestos. In fact, Dr Suzuki played a critical role in the decision by the Government of Japan to ban all use of asbestos in Japan.
Collegium Ramazzini President Philip Landrigan remembers the occasion of the Selikoff award noting "(It) was a bittersweet occasion. Dr. Suzuki served as a member of the faculty of the Department of Community and Preventive Medicine at Mount Sinai for 40 years. While there are many of us still at Mount Sinai who worked with Dr. Selikoff as junior faculty, students and trainees, Dr. Suzuki is the last member of the "Selikoff generation" the group of age peers who worked most closely with Dr. Selikoff for so many years in Dr. Selikoff's pioneering studies of other asbestos and other occupational hazards."
30 July 2011
2012 Fulbright Senior Specialist Grant Program
CR Fellow Birger Heinzow informs the Collegium Ramazzini that applications are now open for Australian Institutions to host a 2012 Fulbright U.S. Senior Specialist.
The Fulbright U.S. Senior Specialist Program subsidises Australian educational institutions to bring a U.S. Senior Specialists to Australia for between two to six weeks. It encourages collaboration with United States faculty and professionals on curriculum and faculty development and a variety of other activities. Applications open 1 July 2011 and close 7 October 2011. For more information and application forms visit: http://www.fulbright.com.au/scholarships/australian-institutions/us-senior-specialist.html or email email@example.com
21 July 2011
CR sends letter to Russian Minister of Health and Social Development
On 19 July 2011, the Collegium Ramazzini sent a letter to Russian Minister of Health Dr. Tatiana Golikova regarding the Russian proposal to ban asbestos in friction material in the Eurasian Economic Community. The Collegium Ramazzini praises the Ministry of Health for its progressive attempt to safeguard citizens? well-being and offers its support and assistance to the Minister. The full text of the letter is published below, the pdf version is available for download here: CR to Golikova_19.07.2011.
21 July 2011
Recruiting Director of Cancer Research, Faculty of Health Sciences University of Capetown
CR Fellow Leslie London informs Fellows that the Faculty of Health Sciences of the University of Capetown is currently seeking to appoint a Director of Cancer Research. This is a fixed term, 3-year contract post at the level of an Associate Professor/Professor. The closing date for applications is 15 August 2011. The full advertisement may be viewed at http://www.uct.ac.za/about/intro/vacancies/external.
18 July 2011
Ramazzini Days online registration open until 15 September
Fellows are invited to register online for the 29th edition of Ramazzini Days, to be held in Carpi, Italy from 28-30 October 2011. Registration will remain open until September 15th. Participants are reminded that hotel accommodations are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.
If you know you will not be joining us in Carpi this year, kindly register your official regrets with the General Secretariat by sending an e-mail to Conference Co-Manager Susanna Tassinari at firstname.lastname@example.org
Abstracts for the Work of the Fellows session are now being accepted by the Priority Topics Committee. Send 1-page abstracts to committee chairwoman Dr. Melissa McDiarmid at email@example.com
All payments to the Collegium Ramazzini are now being accepted in US dollars via the new online Paypal/credit card system. Fellows may settle annual membership dues, pay Ramazzini Days registration fees and make Jubilee donations in a single transaction during conference registration or anytime by visiting the page Fees and Donations.
A line-item receipt will be generated by Paypal at the time of the transaction, please print and save this for your records.
We look forward to seeing many of you in Carpi in October and wish you a pleasant summer.
Susanna Tassinari and Erica Tommasini
Ramazzini Days Conference Co-Managers
Collegium Ramazzini Secretariat
1 July 2011
Slate Magazine: Canada's Breathtaking Hypocrisy on Asbestos
Fellow Richard Lemen signals the following Slate Magazine article to Collegium Ramazzini colleagues, posted Thursday June 30, 2011:
Canada's Breathtaking Hypocrisy on Asbestos by Stephen Davis
1 July 2011
Conference on environmental mutagens in human populations > Doha, Qatar, March 26 - 29, 2012
Fellow William W. Au is organizing the 6th international conference on environmental mutagens in human populations to be held in Doha, Qatar, March 26 - 29, 2012.
The draft scientific program may be downloaded here: Doha Conference_March_26-29_2012.
Fellows interested in attending the conference and/or participating as speakers are invited to contact Dr. Au for additional information:
William W. Au, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for the 4-year English Medical Curriculum, and
Chairman, Faculty of Preventive Medicine,
Director, MPH Education Center
Shantou University Medical College
No.22 Xinling Road, Shantou 515041, China
Phone number: (86-754)-88900279
09 March 2011
Ramazzini Days 28-30/10/2011 - Tour and Luncheon Museum Maltoni 28/10
Please mark your calendars now for Ramazzini Days 2011, to be held on the 29-30 October with arrivals Friday 28 October. Thanks to the suggestion of Fiorella Belpoggi, the General Secretariat and Ramazzini Institute are working to plan a special visit to the home of Professor Maltoni (now Museum Maltoni) in Bologna on October 28th for those Fellows able to arrive in Bologna in the morning. The event and luncheon will commemorate 10 years since Professor Maltoni's death and will allow Fellows to meet some of the volunteers of the Ramazzini Institute who have been supporting the Collegium with fundraising initiatives for the last 25 years.
Fellows planning to attend the luncheon at Musuem Maltoni should arrive at the Bologna International Airport (BLQ) or Bologna Centrale Train Station; transportation to the museum will be arranged. Fellows who are not attending the museum tour/luncheon are asked to arrive at BLQ or the Modena/Carpi stations; transportation will be arranged to the Hotel Touring in Carpi. Departures should be scheduled for late Sunday afternoon October 30th or Monday October 31st.
Online event registration will open in mid-July 2011. Questions may be directed to Conference Manager Federica Scagliarini firstname.lastname@example.org or to the CR General Secretariat c/o Kathryn Knowles email@example.com.
International Conference on Emerging Trends in Preventing Occupational Respiratory Diseases and Cancers in the Workplace - 22-24, March, 2011 - New Delhi, India
The Conference, organized by the ‘Centre for Occupational and Environmental Health COEH, MAMC’ of New Delhi, is supported by Indian Ministry of Labour and Employment in scientific partnership with the Collegium Ramazzini, the Drexel University School of Public Health, Philadelphia, USA and the Heartland Hospital (NHS Trust) of Birmingham, West Midlands, UK.
The conference will include state-of-the-art presentations by eminent experts from centers of excellence in North America and Europe as well as from the International Labour Organization and the WHO.
Topics for study include:
- pneumoconiosis due to inorganic dust such as silica, coal, hard metal dust;
- disorders associated with organic dust exposure such as asthma and byssinosis;
- cancers in the workplace.
- “Hands-on training” in Clinical, Radiological and Pulmonary function testing;
- Workshop on Techniques of Exposure Assessment;
- International Symposium on Safety and Health in Building and Construction.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
11 January 2011
Canadian asbestos: Lancet article and Collegium Ramazzini actions
A December 9th Lancet article entitled "Canada accused of hypocrisy over asbestos exports" reports the latest developments in the battle to ban Canadian export of asbestos. Download pdf Lancet December 11, 2010 pp 1973-1974. Recent Collegium Ramazzini efforts to support the ban of asbestos Canada include a December 21st letter from Secretary General Morando Soffritti to Jean Charest, Premier National Academy Quebec, opposing the financing of an anonymous consortium of foreign investors to open the Jeffrey mine and export 5 million tons of asbestos to Asia over the next quarter century [see text below].
10 January 2011
Death of Emeritus Fellow Louis S. Beliczky (March 23, 1925 - January 5, 2011)
The Collegium Ramazzini extends its condolences to the family of Emeritus member Louis S. Beliczky who passed away January 5, 2011 at the age of 85. As forner Industrial Hygiene and Safety and Health Director for the United Rubber Workers, he is remembered by his colleagues as a pioneer who devoted his entire life to the cause of protecting working against occupational threats to health. (obituary follows).
01 November 2010
Save the Dates Ramazzini Days 2011 > October 29-30
The 2011 edition of the Annual Ramazzini Days will be held in Carpi, Italy on October 29th and 30th. Fellows should plan to arrive at the Bologna International Airport or Modena/Carpi train stations on Friday 28 October. Departures should be scheduled on Sunday afternoon October 30th or Monday October 31st. Online registration will open in July 2011. Questions may be directed to Conference Manager Federica Scagliarini email@example.com.
Death of Dr. Jenny Pronczuk De Garbino 20 September 2010
It is with deep sadness that I inform you that our colleague Dr. Jenny Pronczuk De Garbino passed away in Geneva on 20 September at the age of 63. In the words of her colleague Dr. Ruth Etzel, Jenny was a tireless champion for children’s environmental health and she inspired people around the world to take action to protect children from environmental hazards. Her infectious laugh, indefatigable spirit and superb judgement will be greatly missed.
Dr. Pronczuk De Garbino was originally from Montevideo (Uruguay), where she trained as a physician at the School of Medicine. In Uruguay Dr. Pronczuk De Garbino was appointed Head Professor of Clinical Toxicology and Director of the National Poisons Centre in Montevideo. She joined the World Health Organization (WHO) in 1991 and worked actively to promote chemical safety, setting up poison centres and medical toxicology training.
After her retirement from WHO in June 2009 she continued her active support of the global children’s environmental health movement.
In 2008 she was recognized by the US Environmental Protection Agency as the International Children’s Environmental Health Champion.
She will be remembered during the Council of Fellows at the Ramazzini Days 2010.
The Family can be reached by mail at 4 Chemin de Ruisseau, 1297 Founex, Switzerland or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Morando Soffritti
17 September 2010
Control of Biocides in the European Union - Collegium Ramazzini Call for Action
The European Parliament and the Council are considering the European Commission's draft biocide regulation (COM(2009) 267 final), which is intended to replace the current EU Biocidal Products Directive 1998/8/EC. Following the 2008 Statement of the Collegium Ramazzini on the control of pesticides in the European Union in 2008, the Executive Council of the Collegium has issued a series of related recommendations on the control of biocides, arguing that biocides need stricter regulation than the current proposal before the European Parliament and Council contains. Download Collegium Ramazzini Call for Action on Biocides in the EU.
18 August 2010
Asbestos in the news - Austrialian editorial sollicits international media coverage
Collegium Ramazzini Fellow Dr. Peter Sly recently published an editorial in the Medical Journal of Austrialia entitled "Asbestos still poses a threat for global health: now is the time for action" [MJA 2010; 193 (4): 198-199]. The article, a call for Australia to support international bans on the asbestos trade, was picked up by a number of international media outlets. Read the coverage in IT WIRE, Monday 16 August 2010
MED INDIA, Monday 16 August 2010
TOP NEWS UK, Sunday 15 August 2010
14 August 2010
Samuel Milham's "Dirty Electricity" discusses ELM and human disease
Collegium Ramazzini Fellow Dr. Samuel Milham, MD, MPH, has published a new book entitled Dirty Electricity, Electrification and the Diseases of Civilization. Milham's book takes readers through his early years and education, following the twisting path that led to his discovery that most of the twentieth century diseases of civilization, including cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and suicide, are caused by electromagnetic field exposure.
Milham was awarded the 1997 Ramazzini Award for his outstanding contribution to the epidemiology of occupational disease, with particular reference to carcinogenic risk from electromagnetic fields.
For more about Dirty Electricity and to order a copy of the volume, visit http://sammilham.com/index.shtm.
2 July 2010
Asbestos in the news - editorial and commentary in July EHP
The July 1st edition of Environmental Health Perspectives contains the editorial “A Repeat Call for the Banning of Asbestos” , written by Linda S. Birnbaum (Director, NIEHS) Jane C. Schroeder, Hugh A. Tilson (Editor in chief, Environmental Health Perspectives). The same issue also includes the commentary “The Case for a Global Ban on Asbestos”, written by Collegium Rammazzini Fellows Joseph LaDou, Barry Castleman, Arthur Frank, Michael Gochfeld, Morris Greenberg, James Huff, Tushar Kant Joshi, Philip J. Landrigan, Richard Lemen, Jonny Myers, Morando Soffritti, Colin L. Soskolne, Ken Takahashi, Daniel Teitelbaum, Benedetto Terracini, and Andrew Watterson.
Asbestos in the news was also picked up by Reuters and published in the Globe & Mail: "Researchers Ask Canada to Ban Asbestos".
14 June 2010
Article from the Montreal Gazette – Asbestos Industry in for Boost
On Wednesday June 9 Quebec provincial Health Minister Yves Bolduc was accused in a letter signed by 36 prominent doctors and public health researchers from 21 countries of ignoring his duty as a medical doctor by supporting the use of asbestos. Quebec's Medical Code of Ethics says a doctor is "not to participate in any concerted action that puts in danger the health of an individual or a population." The main author of the letter is Dr. Philip Landrigan, president of the Collegium Ramazzini, an independent international academy of 180 renowned experts in the fields of occupational and environmental health. "Chrysotile asbestos causes serious harm to health. There is no safe exposure level. It goes on killing for generations," writes Dr. Landrigan, dean of Global Health at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. Read full text below or link to the Montreal Gazette 12 June 2010.
22 April 2010
Appointment of CR President Philip Landrigan as Mt. Sinai Dean for Global Health
The Collegium Ramazzini congratuates its President, Dr. Phil Landrigan, on his recent appointment of as Dean for Global Health at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine (NY, NY, USA). Dr. Landrigan, Ethel H. Wise Professor and Chair of the Department of Preventive Medicine, is an internationally recognized pediatrician, epidemiologist, and leader in public health and preventive medicine. He has devoted his career to protecting children against environmental threats to health, most notably lead and pesticides.
20 April 2010
Repeat Call for a Ban on Asbestos: download available
The first Call for a Ban on Asbestos developed by the Collegium Ramazzini was published in a number of journals in 1999. Now, two decades later, we need to repeat the message with a particular urgency. "Abestos is Still With Us: Repeat Call for a Universal Ban" was written by Fellows of the Collegium Ramazzini.
If you are a journal editor, or participate on a journal editorial board, we hope that you will consider advancing the Repeat Call for publication in your journal. The attachments are in the common journal formats for text and references.
If you belong to an association concerned with occupational and environmental health, we hope that you will place the Repeat Call on your website.
Ask journal editors to contact Joe LaDou if they have any questions: email@example.com.
17 March 2010
Death of Prof. János Sugár, Emeritus member of CR from Hungary
Professor János Sugár, Emeritus member of the Collegium Ramazzini, passed away on his 88th birthday on January 27th, 2010. His teaching and research activity spanning more than 50 years in pathology departments of medical universities was particularly esteemed for his diagnostics of tumor pathology. He was head of the pathology department of the Research Institute of the National Oncology Institute from 1974 until 1992. His professional, scientific, teaching and science policy activities have been widely recognized over the years with numerous distinctions such as the Academy Prize of 1988, or the Order of the Star embellished with the Golden Wreath awarded by the Hungarian Republic. His interest focused on determination of pre-neoplastic processes, reversible and irreversible phenotypic and more recently genotypic characterization. He was the first to describe electron microscopic microinvasion preceding real invasion occurring in serious dysplastic tumors in skin, laryngeal, breast and gastroenteric pre-cancerous states.
29 January 2010
Save the Dates for Ramazzini Days 2010 > October 22-24
Fellows are invited to mark their calendars now for the 2010 edition of Ramazzini Days, to be held in Carpi, Italy from Friday, October 22nd to Sunday October 24th. Ground transportation will be provided from Bologna International Airport (BLQ) and Modena Centrale Train Station to the Hotel Touring in Carpi on Friday, October 22nd. Return transfers will be organized on both Sunday, October 24th and Monday, October 25th. Questions about the event may be directed to Conference Manager Federica Scagliarini firstname.lastname@example.org.
18 January 2010
International Conference Preventing Emerging Occupational and Environmental Risks in South Asia and Beyond, New Delhi (India), 17-19 December 2009
The International Conference Preventing Emerging Occupational and Environmental Risks in South Asia and Beyond was held in New Delhi (India), 17-19 December 2009. The meeting, organized by the Centre for Occupational and Environmental Health (COEH) of the Maulana Azad Medical College (New Delhi, India) in collaboration with the Collegium Ramazzini (Italy) and the Drexel University School of Public Health (Philadelphia, USA), saw the participation of more than 400 attendees. Among them, 10/12 Fellows of the Collegium Ramazzini, more than 50 international delegates and more than 300 local participants.
15 October 2009
Death of Dr. Dusan Djuric, Emeritus member of CR from Serbia
Dr. Djuric, Emeritus member of the Collegium Ramazzini passed away September 11, 2009. Born in Belgrade in 1926 he worked as toxicologist in the Serbian Institute of Occupational Health almost his whole life. He had a PhD in toxicology and was involved in laboratory, field work as well as research. Among his numerous distinguished publications, he was the author one of the first publications on molecular toxicology.
Dusan was continuously being invited as WHO and ILO expert in Occupational Toxicology, Occupational Health, Occupational Hygiene and Safety to assignments in different developing countries. One of his contributions was a leading, organizing and managing as a director of eight consecutive International Courses of Occupational and Environmental Toxicology for Developing Countries held in Belgrade. Dr. Djuric is one of the earliest members of the Collegium Ramazzini, elected in 1988.
22 September 2009
Fellow David Michaels nominated by President Obama to head US OSHA
Collegium Ramazzini Fellow David Michaels has been nominated by President Obama to head the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Michaels is the Director of the Project on Scientific Knowledge and Public Policy and Research Professor and Interim Chairman of the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services. The New York Times calls the decision "wise" and describes Michaels as "a champion for workers' safety. Michels is awaiting Senate confirmation. Read here the NYT Op/Ed August 5, 2009.
16 August 2009
June 2010 > 4th Int'l Conference on the History of Occupational and Environmental Health
The 4th International Conference on the History of Occupational and Environmental Health will be held in San Francisco, CA (USA) from June 19-22, 2010. The event is organized by the Office of Continuing Medical Education of the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) and includes a half-day pre-meeting workshop on Occupational and Environmental History Methods on June 19th. Fellows are invited to view detailed event information at www.cme.ucsf.edu/cme/.
05 August 2009
Editorial by President Landrigan featured in New York Times 04/08/2009
An editorial by Collegium Ramazzini President Philip Landrigan was featured in the August 4, 2009 edition of The New York Times. The article is part of a series of commentaries in The Times featuring researchers and doctors from the Mount Sinai Medical Center. The full text of the editorial is available below.
20 June 2009
Call for expressions of interest to attend New Delhi meeting 17-19 December 2009
Fellows interested in participating in the international scientific conference on "Preventing emerging occupational and environmental risks in South Asia and beyond" to be held December 17-19, 2009 in New Delhi, India are invited to contact Fellow TK Joshi.
13 May 2009
CR sends letter of support to ICCM2 regarding proposal to phase out the use of lead in paint
The Collegium Ramazzini recently sent a letter of support to the Second Session of the International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM2) regarding the proposal for a Global partnership to promote the implementation of the measures contained in paragraph 57 of the Plan of Implementation of the World Summit on Sustainable Development on phasing out the use of lead in paint [click title for text of letter].
18 June 2009
Update from Quito, Ecuador regarding impact of 2006 CR conference and proceedings
Two years have elapsed since the Collegium Ramazzini organized its first seminar in Quito, Ecuador entitled "Salud Ocupacional e Ambiental: Emergencias en Paises in Desarrollos". The event, spearheaded by Fellow Raul Harari and co-sponsored by the International Labour Organization and the Organisacion Panamericana del la Salud, focused on occupational and environmental health problems in Latin America, with special emphasis on the problems of child labor. Raul Harari recently updated President Phil Landrigan and Secretary General Morando Soffritti on the impact that the conference and its published proceedings have had in the region [click title for text of letter].
Save the Dates > Ramazzini Days 23-25 October 2009
This year's annual Ramazzini Days meeting will be held in Carpi, Italy from October 23th (opening dinner) to Sunday, October 25th (closing lunch). Fellows should plan to arrive at the Bologna International Airport (BLQ) or at the Modena Centrale train station on Friday, October 23rd. Departures should be scheduled for Sunday afternoon or Monday.
Online registration for the event will open on July 1st. Questions may be directed to email@example.com.
New Delhi conference rescheduled for December 17-19, 2009
The international scientific conference on "Preventing emerging occupational and environmental risks in South Asia and beyond", originally scheduled for January 2009 in New Delhi, India has been rescheduled for December 17, 18 and 19, 2009. Logisitical information will be posted when available on the Collegium Ramazzini website.
19 December 2008
CR issues consensus statement on a worldwide reduction in exposure to lead
The Collegium Ramazzini, an international academy of 180 experts in environmental sciences and occupational health, has published a new consensus statement calling for a worldwide reduction in exposure to lead. The position paper summarizes the scientific basis for instituting a worldwide ban on non-essential uses of lead and outlines 12 specific recommendations for reducing lead exposures through source identification, control, and elimination.
7 November 2008
Death of Emeritus Member I. Bernard Weinstein
I. Bernard Weinstein, M.D., Emeritus member of the Collegium Ramazzini, died on Monday, Nov. 3, 2008, in New York City. He was 78. At the time of his death, Dr. Weinstein held four distinguished positions at the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University in New York: the Frode Jensen Professor of Medicine, Professor of Genetics and Development, Professor of Public Health, and Director Emeritus of the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center. He was also an attending physician at the Presbyterian Hospital.
27 October 2008
An appeal to delegates to the 4th conference of the parties to the Rotterdam convention re: chrysotile asbestos, endosulfan and tributyl tin
The Collegium Ramazzini, an international academic society dedicated to the understanding and prevention of occupational and environmental disease, independent of all commercial interests, calls upon the delegates to the Fourth Conference of the Parties to the Rotterdam Convention to sustain the Convention’s core principle of Prior Informed Consent and in that spirit to uphold the recommendation of the Chemical Review Committee to list chrysotile asbestos, endosulfan and tributyl tin compounds in Annex III of the Convention.
23 September 2008
CR issues consensus statement on the control of pesticides in the EU: a call to action to protect human health
The Collegium Ramazzini, an international academy of 180 experts in environmental sciences and occupational health, has published a new consensus statement on the control of pesticides in the European Union. The brief position paper, which urges the EU to adopt strong legislation to protect public health and the environment against adverse effects of pesticides, has been sent to Members of the European Parliament and government representatives currently debating a proposed Regulation on the placing of plant protection products on the market.
10 July 2008
CR sends letter to OSWER (US EPA) re: strong disagreement with asbestos risk assessment methodology
A letter expressing the Collegium Ramazzini's strong disagreement with the draft report “Proposed approach for estimation of bin-specific cancer potency factors for inhalation exposure to asbestos” was sent by Dr. Morando Soffritti to the Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response (OSWER) of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on July 10, 2008. The Collegium Ramazzini statement “Call for an international ban on asbestos” was enclosed.
01 July 2008
Ramazzini Days 2008 registration now open
it is now possible to register online for Ramazzini Days 2008 by visiting the website of the Collegium Ramazzini: http://www.collegiumramazzini.org/ramazzinidays2008.asp. Event registration is open from July 1st to September 15th and hotel accommodations are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.
21 May 2008
Dr. Philip J. Landrigan to be honored with the 4th Irving J. Selikoff Memorial Award on June 5, 2008
The Collegium Ramazzini is pleased to announce the conferment of the Irving J. Selikoff Memorial Award to Professor Philip J. Landrigan, MD, MSc. The ceremony will be held at 11 am on Thursday, June 5, 2008 in the Hatch auditorium of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, located at 1468 Madison Avenue (@ E. 100th Street), New York, NY. Following the presentation of the award, Dr. Landrigan will deliver a lecture entitled “The Future of Occupational and Environmental Medicine”. All Fellows and friends of the Collegium Ramazzini are cordially invited to attend the event.
18 March 2008
Save the Date > Ramazzini Days October 24-26, 2008
This year's annual Ramazzini Days meeting will be held in Carpi, Italy from October 24th (opening dinner) to Sunday, October 26th (closing lunch). Fellows should plan to arrive at the Bologna International Airport (BLQ) or at the Modena Centrale train station on Friday, October 24th. Departures should be scheduled for Sunday afternoon or Monday.
Online registration for the event will open on July 1st. Questions may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
08 January 2008
EHP remembers Fellow Lorenzo Tomatis
The January 2008 issue of Environmental Health Perspectives contains a retrospective on the life and career of Fellow of the Collegium Ramazzini Prof. Lorenzo Tomatis. Co-authors and Fellows James Huff and Ronald Melnick remember Prof. Tomatis as "a great human being, a staunch advocate for public health, a thorough and delving scientist, and a humanitarian par excellence...standing tall among other giants and trailblazers of environmental health science and public health advocacy including Cesare Maltoni, Norton Nelson, David Rall, and Irving Selikoff." Professor Tomatis passed away on September 21, 2007. Download here the full text of the article Environ Health Perspect 116:A16-17 . The photograph featured is courtesy of Prof. Tomatis' son Paolo.
03 January 2007
CR Bangkok Satellite workshop attracts 184 participants
The Collegium Ramazzini’s recent Satellite Workshop “Occupational and Environmental Health in the Asia/Pacific Region” held Nov 30-Dec 1, 2007 in Bangkok, Thailand was a great success. The workshop attracted 184 participants from 19 different countries as follows: Australia (1), Bhutan (2), Canada (1), Croatia (3), Hungary (1), India (2), Indonesia (3), Italy (1), Japan (2), Korea (2), Myanmar (3), Pakistan (2), Philippines (1), P.R. China (2), Singapore (1), Thailand (143), USA (10), Vietnam (3), and WHO, Geneva (1). The event, which followed the Sixth Princess Chulabhorn International Science Congress, was also featured in the Thai Airways November in-flight magazine. The Collegium Ramazzini extends its most sincere thanks to Secretary General of the Sixth Princess Chulabhorn International Science Congress and Fellow of the Collegium Ramazzini, Professor Mathuros Ruchirawat, for her hospitality and superb organization of the workshop.
01 November 2007
CR Bangkok Workshop on Occupational and Environmental Health in the Asia/Pacific Region
The Secretary General of the Sixth Princess Chulabhorn International Science Congress and Fellow of the Collegium Ramazzini, Professor Mathuros Ruchirawat, has invited the Collegium Ramazzini to organize a 2-day Satellite Workshop following the Sixth Princess Chulabhorn International Science Congress. This Satellite Workshop will be held in Bangkok from November 30-December 1 2007. It is entitled, “Occupational and Environmental Health in the Asia/Pacific Region”. The goal of the Satellite Workshop is to facilitate exchanges between Fellows of the Collegium and scientists in the Asia-Pacific region and thus to facilitate the dissemination of scientific knowledge as well as of new strategies for the prevention of environmental and occupational disease. The Collegium Ramazzini Satellite Workshop is structured to include invited speakers from both the Collegium and the Asia-Pacific region, with special focus on three areas identified as priority issues for public health in Thailand: air pollution, arsenic and pesticides. The scientific program may be downloaded as a pdf document here.
22 October 2007
Collegium Ramazzini Celebrates 25th Anniversary - Annual Ramazzini Days Conference to be held in Carpi, Italy October 25-28, 2007
The Collegium Ramazzini, an international academy of experts in the fields of occupational and environmental health, is celebrating 25 years of service as a bridge between the world of scientific discovery and the social and political entities that must act on these discoveries to protect public health. Founded in 1982 by Irving J. Selikoff (USA), Cesare Maltoni (Italy) and other eminent scientists, the Collegium will commemorate its Jubilee anniversary in Carpi, Italy from October 25-28, 2007.
22 September 2007
Death of Fellow Lorenzo Tomatis (1929-2007)
Message from President Philip Landrigan
Dear Fellows of the Collegium Ramazzini,
Lorenzo Tomatis was a good man. He did much to advance the cause of public health and the health of workers. He was a true follower of Ramazzini.
I had the privilege to serve on two IARC Monograph Working Groups while Lorenzo was Director - the Benzene volume (#29) and the Silica volume (#42). What I remember most about those experiences was Lorenzo's strong sense of responsibility, his recognition that we absolutely had to get the science right, but that we also needed to present our findings in a way that would protect workers. I remember especially in the silica deliberations when the pressure on Lorenzo was fierce to declare silica to be not a human carcinogen. In response, he looked carefully at the data, he saw clearly that silica is indeed a carcinogen, and he resisted the pressure and made the proper declaration. That's what being a follower of Ramazzini is all about.
Dr. Philip Landrigan
Message from Secretary General Morando Soffritti
It is with great sadness that I inform you of the death of our dear friend and Fellow, Lorenzo Tomatis. Lorenzo, together with Irving Selikoff, Norton Nelson, David Rall and Cesare Maltoni was among the scientists who contributed to create a culture of prevention in the strategy to control cancer. The energy and skill with which he gave life and continuity to the IARC monographs will be remembered as an important milestone for not only the agency, but also for public health.
In 2005, Lorenzo received the Ramazzini Award for his outstanding contribution to the prevention of cancer, in particular the identification of industrial agents. This year will have a moment of silence in Carpi to pay tribute to our colleague, a great scientist, intellectual and friend.
Dr. Morando Soffritti
02 August 2007
PPTOX Consensus Statement published in Basic & Clinical Pharmacology & Toxicology
The final version of the Consensus Statement created following the International Conference on Fetal Programming and Developmental Toxicity (PPTOX) held in Torshavn, Faroe Islands in May 2007 is now available on the Collegium Ramazzini website under Fellows > Selected Publications of the Fellows: download here
02 July 2007
Online registration open for Ramazzini Days
We are pleased to inform you that it is now possible to register online for RAMAZZINI DAYS 2007 - JUBILEE CELEBRATION by visiting the website of the Collegium Ramazzini: http://www.collegiumramazzini.org/ramazzinidays2007.asp
Here you will find the schedule of events, an invitation to submit abstracts as well as important information about travel and accommodations. We would like to remind you once again that Fellows should make plans to arrive in Carpi a day earlier than usual, on Thursday, October 25th. Online registration will remain open until September 15th, however since hotel reservations will be assigned on a first-come, first-serve basis, we encourage early registration for the event.
25 May 2007
Prenatal Programming and Toxicity (PPTOX) Conference Produces Consensus Statement
From May 20-24, 2007, researchers in the fields of environmental health, environmental chemistry, developmental biology, toxicology, epidemiology, nutrition, and paediatrics gathered at the International Conference on Fetal Programming and Developmental Toxicity, in Torshavn, Faroe Islands. The conference goal was to highlight new insights into the effects of prenatal and early postnatal exposure to toxicants, and their sustained effects on the individual throughout their lifespan.
The event was co-chaired by Dr. Philippe Grandjean and numerous Fellows of the Collegium Ramazzini served on the International Scientific Committee. Immediately following the conference, the committee published a consensus statement entitled “Human health effects of developmental exposure to environmental toxicants”, now available on the event website: www.pptox.dk.
23 April 2007
Dr. Morando Soffritti honored with third Iriving J. Selikoff Award at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine
On April 23, 2007, Morando Soffritti, MD was honored with the Collegium Ramazzini's third Irving J. Selikoff Award at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, USA. Dr. Soffritti was recognized for his "outstanding contributions to the identification of environmental and industrial carcinogens and his promotion of independent scientific research.” Following the presentation of the award by Collegium Ramazzini President, Philip Landrigan, MD, Msc, Dr. Soffritti delivered the Irving J. Selikoff Lecture on "The carcinogenicity of aspartame: the lessons we still must learn."
05 April 2007
Save the Date for Ramazzini Days: 26-28 October 2007
All Fellows are reminded to save the date for the 25th anniversary of the Collegium Ramazzini. In occasion of our Jubilee celebration, the annual Ramazzini Days meeting in Carpi will begin a day early, on Friday the 26th of October. Fellows should therefore plan to arrive in Bologna or Modena on Thursday the 25th. Online registration for the event will open on June 1st and a detailed program will be available on the web shortly.
23 May 2006
Fellow Paul Lioy to lecture on Ramazzini legacy 8 March 2007
The Rutgers University Italian Studies Program and the NJ Italian and Italian American Heritage Commission Present the 2006/7 Italian Hours Rutgers Faculty Lecture: Paul Lioy, "Bernadino Ramazzini and his Legacy in Occupational and Environmental Medicine." The lecture will be held at 5 pm on Thursday, 8 March 2007 in Geology Hall, 85 Somerset Street, Rutgers-New Brunswick. The lecture is free and open to the public; reception to follow.
5 February 2007
Fellow William Au awarded top honor from ATSDR
The Collegium Ramazzini is pleased to extended our belated congratuations to Professor William Au, who on on July 17, 2003, received the top honor from the United States Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) for his outstanding contributions to the agency and to public health.
04 December 2006
Obituary for David V. Bates
Dear Fellows of the Collegium Ramazzini:
It is my sad duty to inform you that our beloved Fellow, David V. Bates, M.D., died peacefully at his home in Vancouver, Canada on November 21, 2006. Professor Bates was a superb Fellow of the Collegium Ramazzini. He was a skilled physician and a noted researcher who focused his work on the diseases of the lung, and especially on the diseases caused by asbestos, silica and other toxic dusts. He was a gifted teacher. He was a man of great courage who was never afraid to speak truth to power.
14 November 2006
Collegium sends letter to the Prime Minister of Sweden re: fate of the Swedish National Institute.
Under the leadership of Knut Ringen and other members of the Nordic Committee, we have developed a letter to the Prime Minister of Sweden urging him to reconsider the fate of the Swedish National Institute. We have written in this letter to strike a very positive tone in which we avoided political entrapment and spoke of the magnificent accomplishments of the Swedish Institute in worker protection over the past half century. We expressed our hope that the Government of Sweden will recognize these accomplishments and see fit to continue the existence of a national center for occupational health in Sweden.
On November 28th, the Office of the Prime Minister responded to the Secretary General affirming that the National Institute for Working Life will be phased out in 2007 in order to improve public efficiency.
08 November 2006
Collegium Ramazzini sends letter to Mu'ammar al-Gaddaffi re: trial of Bulgarian nurses
Following the open communication of Dr. David Ozonoff during the 2006 Council of Fellows meeting in Carpi, Italy, we have sent a letter of concern on behalf of the Fellows to Mu'ammar al-Gaddafi regarding the barring of highly relevant scientific evidence in the trial of five Bulgarian nurses imprisoned in Libya.
13 October 2006
"Living in a Chemical World" Conference Proceedings Published
The proceedings of the Collegium Ramazzini's 2005 conference "Framing the Future in Light of the Past: Living in a Chemical World" have been published in the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences. The 943 page volume includes 78 papers and 45 poster abstracts. The cost of the volume for US/Canada is $145; for Europe and the rest of the world £75. To order the volume online, visit:
6 July 2006
Collegum Ramazzini launches new dynamic website
The Collegium Ramazzini announces the launch of its new dynamic website: www.collegiumramazzini.org. The new site includes organizational information, a member directory with e-mails and professional profiles, downloadable CR Statements and bylaws, links to order CR conference proceedings and more.
26 May 2006
Collegium Ramazzini admitted to the special list of International NGOs of the ILO
On 18 May 2006, the Collegium Ramazzini was admitted to the special list of International NGOs (INGO) of the International Labour Organization.
17 March 2006
OBITUARY: Ruth Lilis, MD
Dear Colleagues and Fellows of the Collegium Ramazzini,
It is with profound sadness that I announce the passing on March 17, 2006 of Ruth Lilis, MD, Fellow of the Collegium Ramazzini and Professor Emerita in the Department of Community & Preventive Medicine of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine.
10 March 2006
Honorary Citizenship of Quito Awarded to Fellows Landrigan, Soffritti and Froneberg
During the recent International Conference on Occupational and Environmental Health: Emerging Issues in the Developing World held in Quito, Ecuador, Collegium Ramazzini Participants President Philip Landrigan, Secretary General Morando Soffritti and Fellow Brigitte Froneberg were awarded honorary citizenship of the city of Quito.This honor was presented by the Mayor of Quito, Paco Moncayo Gallegos.
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