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RAMAZZINI DAYS 2014
24-26 October 2014
Carpi, Italy

Online conference registration is open from Monday 14 July 2014 - Monday 15 September 2014.

New! 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 to Carpi from the city center of Bologna will be provided by the conference organization on Friday morning. Return travel should be scheduled on Sunday 26 October or Monday 27 October.

Schedule of Events

FRIDAY, 24 OCTOBER 2014

11:00-14:00

Conference check-in
Hotel Touring

15:00-17:30

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

19:30

Welcome dinner
Ristorante La Bottiglieria, Hotel Touring

SATURDAY, 25 OCTOBER 2014

Scientific Session I: "Silica Three Hundred Years Later: Occupational Exposure, Medical Monitoring, and Regulation"
Chair: Christine Oliver, USA
Palazzo dei Pio

The purpose of this scientific session is to shine a light on silica as a persistent and dangerous threat to the health of exposed workers worldwide, a threat that was well-described by Bernadino Ramazzini three-hundred years ago in 1713 when he wrote in De Morbis Artificum of lung disease in stone-cutters, sculptors, quarrymen, and other workers caused by a dust "so fine that it penetrated the ox-bladders hanging in the workshop..."

Collegium Ramazzini experts will bring us into the 21st century describing the hazards of occupational exposure to silica today. The discussion will focus on the following issues: 1) Occupational silica exposures, new and old; 2) silica as a recognized human lung carcinogen and its interaction with other lung carcinogens such as tobacco smoke; 3) the role of silica and silicosis in tuberculosis; 4) issues relevant to medical surveillance of silica-exposed workers as set forth in OSHA's proposed silica standard; 5) the role of the US Government in protecting the health of silica-exposed workers; and 6) international variability in addressing the threat to worker health posed by silicosis.

9:00-9:15

Session introduction
L. Christine Oliver (USA)

9:15-9:30

Silica - old, new and emerging uses result in worker exposure
Carol H. Rice (USA) download

9:30-9:45

Silica as a lung carcinogen
Arthur L. Frank (USA) download

9:45-10:00

Silica in the head of the snake. Silica, gold mining, and tuberculosis in southern Africa
Rodney Ehrlich (South Africa) download

10:00-10:15

Medical surveillance for silica-related disease: the Collegium responds to OSHA's proposed rulemaking
L. Christine Oliver (USA) download

10:15-10:45

Coffee

10:45-11:00

US Government role in recognizing, reducing, and regulating silica risk: 80 years and counting
Gregory R. Wagner (USA) download

11:00-11:15

Silicosis 300 years after Ramazzini: Eradication in some countries, increased incidence in others
Sverre Langard (Norway) download

11:15-11:45

Discussion

11:45-12:30

Attended Poster Session
Chairs: Melissa McDiarmid and Carol Rice, USA

Sustainable Work 2020 - an advocacy platform for Horizon 2020
Maria Albin (Sweden)

Rapid risk assessment on factories and workers in Kamrangirchar slum, Dhaka, Bangladesh, December 2013
Patrick Almeida (Philippines)

Implementing a total worker health program through clinical integration of health protection and health promotion; one year later
Madelynn Azar-Cavanagh (USA)

Conceptual modeling of priority exposure pathways to assess the most severe potential health effects of tannery operations in Hazaribagh, Dhaka, Bangladesh
Casey Bartrem (USA)

Asbestos-induced lung cancer in Germany: is the compensation practice in accordance with the epidemiological findings?
Xaver Baur (Germany)

Ethics in the applied sciences: The challenge of preventing corporate influence over public health regulation.
Xaver Baur (Germany)

An advanced analytical method for measuring alkylphosphate metabolites may avoid exposure misclassification
Yoram Finkelstein (Israel)

Towards a breakthrough in scientific collaboration: a new Nobel prize for transdisciplinary Science?
David Gee (UK)

Characteristics and diagnostic evaluation of silica-exposed New York City underground urban workers
Roberto Lucchini (Italy/USA)

Systematic review: a solution to inaction on toxic chemicals
Daniele Mandrioli (Italy)

Prevention of the toxic effects of metals contained in batteries and e-waste/Waste Electric and Electronic Equipment (WEEE)
Gunnar Nordberg (Sweden)

Chronic lumbar vertebral column diseases due to overload of the spine in European countries
Daniela Pelclovà (Czech Republic)

Markers of oxidative stress are elevated in workers exposed to iron oxide nanoparticles
Daniela Pelclovà (Czech Republic)

Population trainings in a mining community, Armenia 2014
Varduhi Petrosyan (Armenia)

International collaborations to foster children’s environmental health
Peter D. Sly (Australia)

A model for early lung cancer detection (ELCD) in high risk occupational populations
Laura Welch (USA)

12:30-13:45

Onsite Lunch
Palazzo dei Pio

Scientific Session II: "Breakthroughs and best practices in regional and global scientific collaboration"
Chair: Daniela Pelclovà Czech Republic
Palazzo dei Pio

14:00-15:30

Scientific Session II: "Breakthroughs and best practices in regional and global scientific collaboration"
Chair: Daniela Pelclovà Czech Republic
Palazzo dei Pio

14:00-14:10

Session introduction
Daniela Pelclovà (Czech Republic) download

14:10-14:20

The NIEHS and Ramazzini Institute Collaboration: Looking to the Past and Framing The Future
John R. Bucher (USA) and Fiorella Belpoggi (Italy) download

14:20-14:30

An Italian-Latin American scientific network to collaborate on asbestos-disease prevention
Pietro Comba (Italy) and Benedetto Terracini (Italy) download

14:30-14:40

Small scale factory workers attending workers' clinics in Kamrangirchar, Dhaka, Bangladesh
Patrick Almeida (Philippines) download

14:40-14:50

Using global partnerships to contest flawed health impact assessments. A case study on proposed coal-bed methane extraction in Scotland
Andrew Watterson (Scotland) download

14:50-15:00

Initial site assessments in polluted communities in Armenia
Varduhi Petrosyan (Armenia) download

15:00-15:10

Risk assessment on Taranto (Italy) integrated steel works
Giorgio Assennato (Italy) download

15:10-15:40

Discussion

15:45-18:00

Free time

PRESENTATION OF THE RAMAZZINI AWARD AND RAMAZZINI LECTURE
Sala dei Mori, Palazzo dei Pio

18:15-19:30

The 2014 Ramazzini Award will be conferred upon Benedetto Terracini (Italy) for his outstanding contributions as a pioneer of modern occupational epidemiology in Italy and throughout the world. His work has been constantly dedicated to improve workers' health through his research and advocacy on asbestos and other occupational and environmental exposures.

Professor Terracini will deliver the 2014 Ramazzini Lecture entitled "Epidemiological surveillance of occupational cancer in Latin American and other recently industrialized countries". download

19:45

Direct departure for social dinner

SUNDAY, 26 OCTOBER 2014

Scientific Session III: "Life of the Collegium and Advocacy Planning 2015"
Chair: Philip J. Landrigan, USA
Palazzo dei Pio

9:30-10:00

Proposed update to the Collegium Ramazzini statement on asbestos

Do increments of cumulative exposure to asbestos increase mesothelioma incidence and advance time to event?
Dario Mirabelli (Italy) download

10:00-11:15

Discussion of Advocacy Planning 2015
Philip J. Landrigan (USA)

11:15-11:45

Coffee

11:45-12:45

Standing Committee meetings
Palazzo dei Pio

13:00

Conference closing

13:30

Farewell Lunch
Ristorante La Bottiglieria, Hotel Touring

15:00

WHO Collaborating Centers Meeting (optional)
Hotel Touring


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