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RAMAZZINI DAYS 2012
26-28 October 2012
Carpi, Italy

Schedule of Events

FRIDAY, 26 OCTOBER 2012

17:00

Meeting of the Executive Council (EC members only)
Hotel Touring

20:00

Welcome dinner
Ristorante B&B, Hotel Touring

SATURDAY, 27 OCTOBER 2012

9:00-12:30

Council of Fellows Statutory Session (Fellows only)
Town Hall of Carpi

12:30-13:45

Lunch
Ristorante B&B, Hotel Touring


SCIENTIFIC SESSION I: WORK OF THE FELLOWS

Co-chairs: Melissa McDiarmid, USA and Carol Rice, USA
Ex-Convento di San Rocco

14:30-15:30 ORAL COMMUNICATIONS part I
14:30 Collegium Ramazzini Fellowship for 22 years
Shunichi Araki, Japan
14:45 Endocrine disruptors: low-dose effects and non-monotonic dose-response curves dictate fundamental changes in chemical testing and risk assessment
Fiorella Belpoggi, Italy download
15:00 Health effects of oil spill: reflection of 5 years after the Hebei Spirit oil spill
Hae-Kwan Cheong, Korea download
15:15 Parents and children: Exposure-effect gradient in two generations of exposure to pesticides in Israeli Kibbutzim
Yoram Finkelstein, Israel download
15:30-16:30 ATTENDED POSTER SESSION
Protection of human subjects in research in developing countries and in the European Union
Wagida Anwar, Egypt; Karel Van Damme, Belgium; Ludwine Casteleyn, Belgium
Viscose in the Second World War Period: A Dark Chapter in the History of Occupational Health
Paul D. Blanc, USA
A screening level assessment of the health and environmental hazards of organohalogen flame retardants
David Eastmond, USA
The Precautionary Principle and Genocide Prevention
Yoram Finkelstein, Israel; Elihu Richter, Israel
Serum microRNA signatures of colorectal cancer patients
Katalin Gombos, Hungary; Istvan Ember, Hungary
The impact of etiological factors on miRNA expression patterns in human esophageal and gastric cancers
Krisztina Juhasz, Hungary; Istvan Ember, Hungary
Higher sensitivity of human lung and pleura to the carcinogenicity of inhaled asbestos dust compared to the experimental system of rats
Friedrich Pott, Germany
Retrospective Exposure Assessment—a retrospective from three decades of research and observation
Carol Rice, USA
Information to the Collegium Ramazzini on the actual decision of the German MAK-Commission: Classification of “GBS” (=GBP)
Markus Roller, Germany; Friedrich Pott, Germany
Evaluation of DNA damage in various occupations exposed to different chemicals in Turkey
Semra Sardas, Turkey
Health and human security: A policy opportunity for addressing environmental and occupational threats
Carlos Santos-Burgoa, Mexico
Occupational and environmental exposures to Staphylococcus aureus and MRSA among hog slaughter/processing plant workers and community residents
Ellen Silbergeld, USA
Development, dissemination, and influence of a position statement on asbestos, 2012
Colin Soskolne, Canada
Emergency response to artisanal mining lead poisoning epidemic in Zamfara State, Nigeria, 2010-2012
Margrit von Braun, USA; Ian von Lindern, USA
(Guest poster sponsored by Fellows Ronald Dobbin and Philip Landrigan)
16:30-17:30 ORAL COMMUNICATIONS part II
16:30 Occupational health issues and social security
Seong-Kyu Kang, Korea download
16:45 Asbestos, asbestosis, smoking and lung cancer: New findings from the North American Insulator Cohort
Steven Markowitz, USA download
17:00 Collateral damage of metal mining in the African Copperbelt
Benoit Nemery, Belgium download
17:15 Estimating the global burden of asbestos – related diseases using YPLL
Ken Takahashi, Japan download
17:30-18:30 FREE TIME TO PREPARE FOR EVENING PRORGRAM

PRESENTATION OF THE RAMAZZINI AWARD AND RAMAZZINI LECTURE
Ex-Convento di San Rocco

18:45 The 2012 Ramazzini Award will be presented to Sheldon W. Samuels for his leadership to improve occupational safety and health conditions for all workers and to promote a better moral and scientific basis for occupational and environmental health.
19:15 2012 Ramazzini Lecture
Dr. Selikoff’s Final Struggle: The Meaning of Population Thinking in Environmental Health
Sheldon W. Samuels, USA download
20:00 Social Dinner

SUNDAY, 28 OCTOBER 2012

SCIENTIFIC SESSION II:
Precaution in science and the science-policy interface

Co-Chairs: David Gee, UK and Philippe Grandjean, Denmark
Ex-Convento di San Rocco

During the 10 years since the Collegium Ramazzini conference on the precautionary principle in 2002, much new information and experience have been gathered on interpreting uncertainty and applying precaution. The European Environment Agency (EEA) is currently finalizing an extensive report ‘Late lessons from early warnings: science, precaution, innovation’ with contributions from several Collegium Ramazzini Fellows. Case studies reveal how research has been misinterpreted, ignored, and erroneously criticised, and scientific traditions and ubiquitous uncertainty have often appeared to oppose public health interests. This year's scientific session will focus on the role of science in environmental and occupational health and new approaches to the science-policy interface.

9:30 The role of precaution in prudent decision-making on environmental and public health
David Gee, UK download
9:40 Bees as indicator organisms
Laura Maxim, France download
10:00 Lack of precaution in occupational cancer prevention in the UK
Andrew Watterson, Scotland download
10:20 Non-ionising radiation risks
Lennart Hardell, Sweden download
10:40 Coffee
11:10 Evidence for Decision-Making: Lessons from BPA
Ana Soto, Argentina/USA download
11:30 Vinyl Chloride – industrial secrecy, scientific independence, the bioassay, and heroes of health
Jennifer Sass, USA
11:50 Science for precautionary decision-making
Philippe Grandjean, Denmark download
12:10 Discussion
12:45 Conference Closing
Philip Landrigan, USA
13:00 Farewell lunch
Ristorante B&B, Hotel Touring

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