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RAMAZZINI DAYS 2015: Living in a Chemical World (IV edition)
22-25 October 2015
Carpi, Italy

Beginning in 1985 and following in ten-year intervals, the Collegium Ramazzini has organized international scientific conferences on the topic of “Living in a Chemical World”. The first event was held in Bologna, Italy in 1985 and was attended by over 400 scientists. The second, held in Washington DC, USA in 1995, focused on “Preventive Strategies for Living in a Chemical World”. The conference returned to Bologna in September 2005 with the title “Framing the Future in Light of the Past: Living in a Chemical World.” The conference proceedings of all three events were published in Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences.

The 2015 edition of Ramazzini Days is dedicated to the Living in a Chemical World tradition and will feature an extra day of scientific sessions in Carpi, Italy. Online registration for the event will remain open from July 15 to September 15.

Questions may be directed to Conference Co-Manager Federica Scagliarini events@ramazzini.it.

SUMMARY SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

THURSDAY, 22 OCTOBER 2015

15:00-19:00

Conference check-in
Hotel Touring

19:30

Welcome dinner
Ristorante La Bottiglieria, Hotel Touring

FRIDAY, 23 OCTOBER 2015

9:00-10:30

Living in a Chemical World Session I
Sala della Vedute, Palazzo dei Pio

THE RAMAZZINI INSTITUTE: ADVANCING CANCER PREVENTION AND ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH SINCE 1969
Moderator: Knut Ringen (USA)

The Ramazzini Institute: advancing cancer prevention and environmental health since 1969
Fiorella Belpoggi (Italy) download

Large-scale projects of the Ramazzini Institute on carcinogenic effects of ionizing and non-ionizing radiation on Sprague-Dawley rats
Morando Soffritti (Italy) download

Ramazzini Institute/Mount Sinai School of Medicine: in vivo bioassay model for endocrine disruptive chemicals (EDCs) studies
Fabiana Manservisi (Italy) download

Ramazzini Institute/National Toxicology Program: the added value of immunohistochemistry in the diagnosis of lymphoma and leukemia in experimental models
Simona Panzacchi (Italy) download

Ramazzini Institute/Johns Hopkins University: the role of the Ramazzini Institute in the development of systematic reviews in environmental health
Daniele Mandrioli (Italy) download

Carcinogenic effects of sucralose administered in feed to male and female Swiss mice from prenatal life until spontaneous death
Michela Padovani (Italy) download

10:30-11:00

Coffee

11:00-12:30

Living in a Chemical World Session II
Sala della Vedute, Palazzo dei Pio

THE GLOBAL BURDEN OF CHRONIC OBSTRUCTIVE PULMONARY DISEASE (COPD)
Moderators: Eula Bingham (USA) and Laura Welch (USA)

The global burden of COPD
Laura Welch (USA) download

A case-control study of airway obstruction among construction workers: implications for OSH Policy
John Dement (USA) download

Biological basis of COPD from Vapors/Gas/Dust/Fumes(VGDF)
Sverre Langard (Norway) download

Occupational exposures to Vapors/Gas/Dust/Fumes (VGDF) and dust not otherwise specified (NOS): control strategies and policy needs
David Christiani (USA) and Gregory Wagner (USA) download

Assessment of exposure to occupational particulates: research and policy needs
Franklin Mirer (USA) download

12:30

Lunch
Sala dei Cervi, Palazzo dei Pio

14:00-16:00

Living in a Chemical World Session III
Sala della Vedute, Palazzo dei Pio

POLLUTION FOLLOWS THE PATH OF LEAST RESISTANCE
Moderator: Margrit von Braun (USA)

Pollution follows the path of least resistance
Margrit von Braun (USA)

Adaptation of methodologies to implement a coordinated environmental and health response to the worst outbreak of childhood lead poisoning in modern history in Nigeria
Casey Bartrem (USA)

Lead pollution in Nigeria and Zambia: two different remedial strategies and public health outcomes
Simba Tirima (USA)

Lessons learned in environmental regulation and remediation: industry's agenda, public health battles and the global consequences
Ian H. von Lindern (USA)

Collateral damage of metal mining in Katanga, Democratic Republic of Congo
Benoit Nemery (Belgium)

Mining old and new in Mongolia
Ellen Silbergeld (USA)

The buck stops there: challenges to holding extra-national corporations and global financial institutions responsible for the environmental and health consequences of their operations in developing countries
Michael Hausfeld (USA) and Richard Lewis (USA)

16:00-18:30

Free time

18:30

Special Award honoring the volunteers of the Ramazzini Institute
Sala della Vedute, Palazzo dei Pio

20:00

Dinner
Ristorante La Bottiglieria, Hotel Touring

SATURDAY, 24 OCTOBER 2015

9:00-12:30

Council of Fellows
Town Hall of Carpi

13:00

Lunch
Ristorante La Bottiglieria, Hotel Touring

14:30-15:15

WORK OF THE FELLOWS ATTENDED POSTER SESSION
Sala delle Vedute, Palazzo dei Pio
Moderator: Henry Anderson (USA)

Integrated risk and impact assessment of industrial emissions: the cases of Brindisi and Taranto in Italy
Giorgio Assennato (Italy)

Mercury contaminated rice causes severe mercury intoxication: case report from the small-scale gold mining village of Cisitu, Indonesia
Stephan Bose-O'Reilly (Germany)

Harassed early warning scientists and the proposed Ibsen award
David Gee (UK)

Lead-free kids: two perspectives from two different schools in New Delhi, India
Naresh Gupta (India)

The urgent need for expanded training in global occupational and environmental health
Roberto Lucchini (Italy/USA)

Shifting paradigms: making the case of nuance wearable technologies use in the field of occupational and environmental medicine
Ismail Nabeel (USA)

Czech criteria for occupational chronic lumbar vertebral column diseases due to overload of the spine
Daniela Pelclová (Czech Republic)

Raman microspectroscopy of exhaled breath condensate and urine in workers exposed to fine and nano TiO2 particles
Daniela Pelclová (Czech Republic)

From "heating the heads" to zero tolerance for incitement: a call to action against "word pollution” to prevent genocidal terror and genocide
Elihu Richter (Isreal)

Make way for the microbiome: a provocative review
Ellen Silbergeld (USA)

Cumulative impacts mapping: the California communities environmental health screening tool
Gina Solomon (USA)

Long-term mortality in a residential cohort exposed to inorganic hexavalent selenium through drinking water
Marco Vinceti (Italy)

Passive exposure to agricultural pesticides and risk of childhood leukemia in an Italian community
Marco Vinceti (Italy)

Chemicals, pollution and perception: how mothers-to-be and midwives perceive and manage the risk to reproduction from chemicals and other hazards in Scotland's central belt
Andrew Watterson (Scotland)

Occupations in the 21st century as described by Ramazzini in the 17th century
Mary Wolff (USA) The right-to-know about chemical hazards: 29 years of experience with California's Proposition 65
Lauren Zeise (USA)

15:15-17:00

ADVOCACY PLANNING AND DISCUSSION
Sala delle Vedute, Palazzo dei Pio

ELIMINATING OCCUPATIONAL CANCER
Moderator: Jukka Takala (Singapore/Finland)

Some recent developments and evaluations from the IARC monographs pertinent to the estimation of the global burden of occupational cancer
Kurt Straif (France/Germany) download

Social attention on Asbestos-related disease (ARD) in Japan: 10 years from the Kubota shock
Ken Takahashi (Japan) download download

Eliminating occupational cancer
Jukka Takala (Singapore/Finland) download

Collegium Ramazzini Standing Committee Meetings
Sala delle Vedute, Palazzo dei Pio

17:00-18:30

Free Time

18:30-19:30

The 2015 Ramazzini Award will be conferred upon Philippe Grandjean (Denmark) for his long career conducting and promoting environmental health research, especially his groundbreaking work on the effects of methylmercury and other environmental toxins affecting children and for his tireless advocacy of the need to protect future generations from the devastating effects of neuro- and developmental toxins.

Professor Grandjean will deliver the 2015 Ramazzini Lecture entitled "Learning from Bernardino Ramazzini". download

19:45

Direct departure for social dinner

SUNDAY, 25 OCTOBER 2015

9:30-11:00

WORK OF THE FELLOWS ORAL PRESENTATIONS PART I
Sala delle Vedute, Palazzo dei Pio
Moderator: Ronald Denny Dobbin (USA)

Advocating exposure assessment in postgraduate training
Maria Albin (Sweden) download

Training occupational safety and health in Latin America: an example
Denis Nowak (Germany) download

Cumulative impacts: approaches to environmental justice
Gina Solomon (USA) download

New data streams in toxicity testing: limitations and uses in decision-making
Lauren Zeise (USA) download

Ban of asbestos in Sweden has saved lives
Bengt Jarvholm (Sweden) download

Health effects of manganese exposure in welders in Qingdao City, China
Arthur Frank (USA) download

11:00-11:30

Coffee

11:30-13:00

WORK OF THE FELLOWS ORAL PRESENTATIONS PART II
Sala delle Vedute, Palazzo dei Pio
Moderator: Ellen Silbergeld (USA)

Environmental justice - disaster and disparity: access to federally-qualified health centers and Superstorm Sandy
Michael Gochfeld (USA) download

Adverse impact of pharmaceuticals in developing countries
Naresh Gupta (India) download

Is hypothyroidism the mechanism behind the reported reduction in IQ among populations living in areas with higher fluoride in the drinking water?
Vyvyan Howard (UK) download

A case for creating a new Nobel prize in transdisciplinary science
David Gee (UK)

Cognitive functions of schoolchildren are compromised by lifetime exposure to organophosphorous pesticide drift
Yoram Finklestein (Israel)

Investigating epigenetic mechanisms for cancer prevention
Davide Degli Esposti (France/Italy) download

13:30

Farewell Lunch
Ristorante La Bottiglieria, Hotel Touring


Call for Abstracts

Fellows of the Collegium Ramazzini are invited to submit abstracts for the Scientific Sessions and Attended Poster Session. Submissions must be received by 1 September c/o Priority Topics Chairwoman Melissa McDiarmid Mmcdiarm@medicine.umaryland.edu.

The committee is only able to consider abstracts that are submitted on the official template.
Download template here
Download guidelines and samples here

Hotel accommodations and ground transportation

Conference accommodations will be divided between the Hotel Touring and Hotel Carpi. Shuttle service from the Hotel Carpi to conference events will be provided. Hotel reservations are made by the conference organization on a first-come, first-served basis. Please do not contact the hotels directly.

All participants are responsible for their own travel to Italy and are encouraged to make plans to arrive by air to Bologna or by train to Carpi. Ground transportation will be provided from the Bologna International Airport (BLQ) and from the historical center of Bologna all day on 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. Train travelers 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.

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.

Online Registration and Payment Procedures

Online conference registration will remain open from 15 July to 15 September 2015. At the time of registration participants will be directed to the payments page of the Collegium Ramazzini Treasury. At this time Fellows are invited to:

1) Pay required annual membership fees in the amount of 300 USD and settle eventual arrears. Questions regarding financial standing should be directed to Treasurer James Melius at melius@nysliuna.org.

2) Pay the conference registration fee for Fellows and the spouse/guest fee if applicable. Fellows who are eligible for institutional support or reimbursement are asked to pay 750 USD toward their participation. Fellows who are individually responsible for their conference fees will be charged 600 USD. The fee for spouses or guests in shared accommodations is 300 USD.

3) Make an optional financial contribution to the Collegium Ramazzini's Jubilee Fund. Proceeds will be used to assist colleagues in need to attend annual meetings.

Fellows unable to attend Ramazzini Days 2015 may access the payments page directly to settle membership accounts and make a donation to the Jubilee fund without registering for the conference.

The Paypal e-commerce system will issue a detailed receipt for all transactions.

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