Archived CU SRP Conferences/Meetings

November 2 2017 to November 3 2017

8:30 am to 6:00 pm

Southeast Asia Regional Conference on Groundwater Arsenic: Multidisciplinary Approaches to Protecting the Health of the Public


2-3 November 2017

Meliá Hanoi Hotel

Hanoi, Vietnam


Purpose and Objectives of the Symposium


The World Health Organization (WHO) has referred to the global arsenic drinking water problem as the largest mass poisoning in history. More than 150 million people across 70 nations consume drinking water with elevated concentrations of naturally occurring arsenic from well water. Arsenic contaminated water is a particular problem in South Asia, where for the most part, developing countries have not yet developed a feasible large-scale strategy for implementing an effective remediation strategy. During the past decade, Bangladesh, a severely affected country, has made considerable strides in providing low-arsenic water, largely through the installation of deep, low-arsenic community wells. The health and economic implications for the population have also been the topic of considerable study. However, in many regions of Southeast Asia, much less progress has occurred, largely due to a lack of focus and attention to the problem.

Columbia University scientists, in collaboration with many local partners, have been involved with both health effects and geochemistry/hydrology research in Bangladesh and Vietnam via our National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)-funded Superfund Research Program (CU SRP). Additionally, via funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and various non-governmental organizations, they have conducted geochemistry/hydrology research in Cambodia and Myanmar as well. Collectively, a group of collaborators from Columbia University, the Vietnam National Institute of Occupational and Environmental Health (NIOEH), the Vietnam Research Centre for Environmental Technology and Sustainable Development (CETASD), and the Chulabhorn Research Institute of Thailand (CRI) believe that the time has come for researchers, stakeholders, and government officials to convene to try to develop a set of regional mitigation strategies that could lead to a reduction in arsenic exposure and a decrease in the burden of related disease. With the support of NIEHS and these collaborating institutions, we seek to catalyze this international dialogue through a two-day symposium in Hanoi, Vietnam, to be held on November 2-3, 2017.


Confirmed Speakers



Her Royal Highness Princess Professor Dr. Chulabhorn Mahidol, President of the Chulabhorn Research Institute, Bangkok, Thailand


Peter Ravenscroft, MSc, Hydrogeology, Noted Author, Independent Consultant will present Science and Practice: Lessons Learned from Arsenic Mitigation in Bangladesh and West Bengal.

Doan Ngoc Hai, MD, PhD, MBA, Director of Vietnam’s National Institute of Occupational and Environmental Health (NIOEH), will present Prenatal Exposures to Groundwater Arsenic in Vietnam.


Joseph Graziano, PhD, Professor of Environmental Health Sciences and Pharmacology, Director of the Columbia University Superfund Research Program will present Consequences of Exposure to Inorganic Arsenic on Children.

Mary Gamble, PhD, Associate Professor of Environmental Health Sciences, Columbia University will present Nutritional Influences on Arsenic Metabolism and Elimination.

Chin-Chi Kuo, MD, PhD, Kidney Institute and Division of Nephrology, Department of Internal Medicine, China Medical University Hospital and College of Medicine, China Medical University, Taichung, Taiwan will present The Association of Arsenic Metabolism with Cardiovascular Disease and Diabetes: A Systematic Review of the Epidemiological Evidence.

Craig Steinmaus, MD, MPH, Associate Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology, University of California Berkeley, School of Public Health and University of California, San Francisco, Occupational and Environmental Medicine will present Overview of Arsenic Exposure and Cancer.


Scott Fendorf, PhD, Professor of Soil Biogeochemistry, Department of Earth System Science, Stanford University and Senior Fellow, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment will present Arsenic Release and Transport in the Mekong River Delta.

Lenny Winkel, PhD, Professor of Inorganic Environmental Geochemistry, Department of Water Resources and Drinking Water, EAWAG (Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology), ETH Zürich will present Geospatial Predictions of Heterogeneous Arsenic Groundwater Concentrations and Arsenic Exposures in the Irrawaddy River and China.

Kongkea Phan, PhD, Dean of the Faculty of Science and Technology, International University, Phnom Penh, Cambodia will present Quantifying Arsenic Exposure from Groundwater and Irrigated Rice in Cambodia.

Pham Hung Viet, PhD, Director of the Research Centre for Environmental Technology and Sustainable Development (CETASD) and Pham Thi Kim Trang, PhD, Deputy Director of CETASD, Hanoi University of Science, Hanoi, Vietnam will present Sediment Age and Reactivity as an Indicator of Arsenic Contamination in the Red River, Vietnam.

For details on how to register and participate, visit the conference webpage:


The conference registration deadline is October 25, 2017. Registration is capped at 100 participants.

Abstract submissions are for the student-only poster session. Deadline for student abstract submissions is October 11, 2017.


Sponsored by: Vietnam National Institute of Occupational and Environmental Health (NIOEH); Vietnam Research Centre for Environmental Technology and Sustainable Development (CETASD); Chulabhorn Research Institute (CRI) of Thailand; National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Superfund Research Program (NIEHS SRP); Columbia University Superfund Research Program (CU SRP)
Location: Meliá Hanoi Hotel, Hanoi, Vietnam

April 16 2012

4:00 pm to 5:00 pm

The Barnard Arsenic Awareness Initiative presents: Videos as a tool for educating the public about arsenic in groundwater in New Jersey and Bangladesh.

The Barnard Arsenic Awareness Initiative presented two short videos they produced, one for children and one for their parents, on arsenic in drinking water.

Invitees: All interested in the topics
Sponsored by: Columbia Superfund Research Program
Location: Pharmacology Library, Room 724, Black Building, Health Sciences Campus, Columbia University, 650 West 168th Street, New York City.

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