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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

April 24 2017

3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Presentations by Dr. Aaron Barchowsky and Dr. Sheetal Sekhri

Aaron Barchowsky (top) and Sheetal Sekhri (bottom)

Aaron Barchowsky, Ph.D., Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health at the University of Pittsburgh presented, “Arsenic and mitochondria in epigenetic regulation of skeletal muscle stem cells and regeneration.”

Sheetal Sekhri, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Economics at the University of Virginia presented, “Costs and remediation of groundwater contamination: Case of chronic exposure to high fluoride.”

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

March 20 2017

3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Presentations by Dr. Owen W. Duckworth and Dr. Joseph H. Graziano

Joe Graziano (left) and Owen Duckworth (right)

Owen W. Duckworth, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Soil Biogeochemistry, Department of Soil Science at North Carolina State University presented, "Manganese biomineral formation in a Superfund treatment system: Implications for environmental remediation."

Joseph H. Graziano, Ph.D., Professor of Environmental Health Sciences and Pharmacology and Director of the Columbia University Superfund Research Program, Department of Environmental Health Sciences, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University presented, "Neurocognitive impairment due to early life arsenic exposure: An overview."

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Location: James Room, 4th floor, Barnard Hall, Barnard College, Columbia University, 117th Street and Broadway, New York, NY
Event type: CU SRP Monthly Seminar

January 30 2017

3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Presentation by Dr. Koren K. Mann

Left to right: Lex van Geen, Koren Mann, and Joe Graziano (Photo credit: N. LoIacono)

Koren K. Mann, Ph.D., Senior Investigator at the Lady Davis Institute for Medical Research and Associate Professor in the Department of Oncology at McGill University presented, “The Contribution of Arsenic 3 Methyltransferase in Arsenic-enhanced Atherosclerosis.”

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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

November 30 2016

3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Presentations by Dr. Mason Stahl and Dr. Ana Navas-Acien

Left to right: Lex van Geen, Ana Navas-Acien, Mason Stahl, and Joe Graziano

Mason Stahl, Ph.D., recent graduate of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, presented, “Organic Carbon Dynamics and Redox Changes in an Arsenic Contaminated Aquifer in Bangladesh.”

Ana Navas-Acien, M.D., M.P.H., Ph.D., Professor in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences at the Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, presented, “Epidemiologic Research on Arsenic at Low Exposure Levels: Exposure Assessment Challenges and Possible Solutions.”

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Location: Columbia University's Lamont Campus, first floor conference room of the Comer Building, 61 Route 9W, Palisades, NY
Event type: CU SRP Monthly Seminar

October 17 2016

3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Presentations by Dr. Habibul Ahsan and Dr. Nicholas A. Procopio

Left to right: Lex van Geen, Steve Chillrud, Nick Procopio, Stuart Braman and Joe Graziano (Photo credit: N. LoIacono)

Habibul Ahsan, M.D., Louis Block Professor of Epidemiology, Medicine & Human Genetics and Director of the Center for Epidemiology & Prevention, University of Chicago, presented, "Bangladesh Vitamin E and Selenium Trial: Preliminary Results and Lessons Learned."

Nicholas A. Procopio, Ph.D., GISP, Bureau Chief, Division of Science, Research, and Environmental Health, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, presented,  “New Jersey’s Private Well Testing Act and Geographic Summary of Over a Decade of Data.”

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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

September 19 2016

3:30 pm

Presentations by Andrew E. Smith, S.M., Sc.D. and Brittany Huhmann, M.S.

Left to right: Andrew Smith and Brittany Huhmann (Photo credit: S. Baptista)

Monday, 19th September 2016, 3:30 to 5:30 pm ET

Andrew E. Smith, S.M., Sc.D., State Toxicologist and Director of Environmental and Occupational Health Programs, Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Maine Department of Health and Human Services presented, Everything but the Kitchen Sink: Efforts to Reduce Exposure to Arsenic from Well Water in Maine.

Brittany Huhmann, M.S., Ph.D. Student, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow, Massachusetts Institute of Technology presented, Impact of Soil Arsenic on Rice Yields in Bangladesh.

 

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

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