Environmental Health: Workshop Proceedings

The Division hosts many workshops, symposia, and other meetings that provide information or bring together policy-makers, members of industry, scientists, and the general public to discuss timely issues. Discussions at workshops and other events are often published in workshop summaries, websites, newsletters, and other formats to preserve and make publicly accessible the information or discussions from the event.

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The Promise of Genome Editing Tools to Advance Environmental Health Research: Proceedings of a Workshop -- in Brief (2018)

Workshop Presentations and Video This January 2018 workshop brought together experts in molecular biology, toxicology, and public health to explore opportunities for using genome (and epigenome) editing technologies in environmental health research. Participants discussed genome editing tools such as CRISPR/Cas9 and their applications to help unravel the mechanisms through which environmental stressors affect human health, including developin... More >>

Advances in Causal Understanding for Human Health Risk-Based Decision-Making: Proceedings of a Workshop -- in Brief (2018)

New molecular and bioinformatic approaches have advanced understanding of how molecular pathways are affected by exposure and involved in disease. However, these advances are often not yet deemed sufficient to establish a causal link between an exposure and health outcome for public health risk assessments; regulators still rely primarily on traditional data streams and endpoints, such as those endpoints observed in animal studies. A March 201... More >>

Modeling the Health Risks of Climate Change: Workshop Summary (2015)

Climate change poses risks to human health through shifting weather patterns, increases in the frequency and intensity of heat waves and other extreme weather events, rising sea levels, and ocean acidification, among other environmental effects. Robust models that project the future health risks of climate change are needed to inform adaptation efforts, reduce adverse health effects, and to help to inform national and international discussion... More >>

Achieving Sustainable Global Capacity for Surveillance and Response to Emerging Diseases of Zoonotic Origin: Workshop Report (2008)

Most of the diseases that have emerged over the past six decades, including AIDS, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), and Avian Influenza, have been caused by zoonotic pathogens -- infectious agents that are transmitted from animals to humans. In today's globalized world, the emergence of new zoonotic diseases could have devastating health, economic, environmental, agricultural, and sociopolitical impacts. At the request of the U.S. Agenc... More >>

Science and Technology Needs for DOE Site Cleanup: Workshop Summary (2007)

Beginning in the 1980s, the United States government began a costly effort to clean up the materials, wastes, and environmental contamination resulting from past nuclear weapons production activities. The Department of Energy's Office of Environmental Management asked the National Research Council to provide technical and strategic advice to support the development and implementation of a technology "roadmap" to guide its technology developmen... More >>