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April 16 2018

3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Presentation by Anna Tompsett, Ph. D.

Left to right: Nadia Jamil, Junaid Ali Khattak, Lex van Geen, Mary Gamble, Anna Tompsett, Steve Chillrud, Nancy LoIacono, and Rajib Mozumder

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm: Anna Tompsett, Ph.D., Assistant  Professor in the Department of Economics, Stockholm University, Sweden presented, "How do community contribution requirements affect the provision of local public good? Experimental evidence from safe water sources in Bangladesh."

Location: Columbia University's Lamont Campus, Comer Building, 1st floor seminar room, 61 Route 9W, Palisades, NY
Event type: CU SRP Monthly Seminar

March 19 2018

3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Presentations by Christine Marie George, Ph.D. and Daniel C. Walsh, Ph.D.

Left to right: Joe Graziano, Christine George, Steve Chillrud, Dan Walsh, Lex van Geen, and Ana Navas-Acien (Photo credit: N. LoIacono)

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm: Christine Marie George, Ph.D., Associate Professor in the Department of International Health, Program in Global Disease Epidemiology and Control at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health presented, "Strong Heart Water Study: Participatory interventions to reduce arsenic exposure among private well users in American Indian communities."

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm: Daniel C. Walsh, Ph.D., Director of New York City Mayor’s Office of Environmental Remediation and Adjunct Senior Research Scientist at the Earth Engineering Center, Earth Institute, Columbia University presented, "Reducing exposure to legacy Pb and As pollution in urban soils: Advances in New York City."

Location: Columbia University’s Environmental Health Sciences Conference Room (eleventh floor, room 1101), Allan Rosenfield Building, Mailman School of Public Health, 722 West 168th Street, New York, NY.
Event type: CU SRP Monthly Seminar

February 26 2018

3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Presentations by Ricardo Maertens, Ph.D. and Miranda Jones Spratlen, Ph.D.

Left to right: Lex van Geen, Ricardo Maertens, Miranda Jones Spratlen, and Ana Navas-Acien (Photo credit: S. Baptista)

Ricardo Maertens, Ph.D., Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Economics at Harvard University presented, "Demand for information on environmental health risk, mode of delivery, and behavioral change: Evidence from offering well tests for arsenic in Sonargaon, Bangladesh."

Miranda Jones Spratlen, Ph.D., Post-Doctoral Research Scientist in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences at Columbia University presented, "Arsenic, targeted metabolomics and diabetes related outcomes: Connecting the dots in population-based studies."

Location: Columbia University's Lamont Campus, Comer Building, 4th floor, Quentin J. Kennedy Boardroom, 61 Route 9W, Palisades, NY
Event type: CU SRP Monthly Seminar

December 18 2017

3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Presentations by Brittany Huhmann, M.S., Yu Chen, M.P.H., Ph.D., and Habibul Ahsan, M.D.

Brittany Huhmann, M.S., Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow presented, "Long-term impacts of well-testing on arsenic exposure in Araihazar, Bangladesh."

Yu Chen, M.P.H., Ph.D., Associate Professor in the Departments of Population Health, Environmental Medicine, and Medicine at the NYU Langone Medical Center and Habibul Ahsan, M.D., Louis Block Professor of Epidemiology, Medicine & Human Genetics and Director of the Center for Epidemiology & Prevention at University of Chicago presented, "Arsenic and disease in Bangladesh – update from HEALS."

Location: Columbia University’s Environmental Health Sciences Conference Room (eleventh floor, room 1101), Allan Rosenfield Building, Mailman School of Public Health, 722 West 168th Street, New York, NY
Event type: CU SRP Monthly Seminar

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

 

KEYNOTE ADDRESS:

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

PLENARY SPEAKERS:

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.

HEALTH SCIENCES SPEAKERS:

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.

EARTH SCIENCES SPEAKERS:

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: 

http://www.ldeo.columbia.edu/hanoiarsenic/

Deadlines:

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.

 

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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
Event type: CU SRP Conference/Meeting

October 16 2017

3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Presentations by Dr. Dieke Postma and Dr. Tiffany Sanchez

Left to right: Lex van Geen, Dieke Postma, Tiffany Sanchez, and Joe Graziano (Photo credit: Nancy LoIacono)

Dieke Postma, Ph.D., Senior Researcher in the Department of Geochemistry at the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS) presented, “Explaining the spatial variation of arsenic in groundwater from the Red River Floodplain, Vietnam.”

Tiffany R. Sanchez, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Research Scientist in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health presented, “Studying rice consumption patterns, low-level arsenic exposure and nonmalignant respiratory disease in a U.S. population.”

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Location: Columbia University’s Environmental Health Sciences Conference Room (eleventh floor, room 1101), Allan Rosenfield Building, Mailman School of Public Health, 722 West 168th Street, New York, NY
Event type: CU SRP Monthly Seminar

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