The HESI Environmental Epidemiology Committee has two upcoming focus group meetings planned for 2 October 2019 in Houston, Texas and 6 December 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. Both meetings will engage local government regulators, academic researchers, and industry scientists in a dialogue on the use of epidemiology and exposure assessment. The goal of these meetings is to identify incentives and barriers to conducting epidemiology for risk assessment, and develop areas of consensus and paths forward toward fully utilizing and leveraging environmental epidemiology for public health decision making. For more information, please contact Sandrine Deglin (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Connie Chen (email@example.com).
The Immuno-safety Technical Committee (ITC) will hold a workshop in partnership with FDA/CBER in Silver Spring, Maryland, on 24–25 September 2019. The goal of this workshop is to discuss the preclinical and translational safety assessment of engineered T cell therapies. The workshop will focus on six topics, followed by an in-depth discussion:
Are you interested in hearing about new science to evaluate bioaccumulation of organic chemicals? Would you like to learn how fish biotransformation can be integrated into bioaccumulation assessment? Do you want to hear about the new OECD in vitro biotransformation fish methods? Would you like to have training and experience using the Bioaccumulation Assessment Tool (BAT)? Plan to attend the HESI Bioaccumulation Committee Fish Biotransformation in Bioaccumulation Outreach Session on 4 October 2019 in Washington, DC. Registration is free! Contact Michelle Embry (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more details.
The HESI RISK21 Committee will be hosting a Risk Assessment Summit on 18-19 February 2020, in Washington, DC. This event will provide a platform to a broad group of stakeholders to discuss scientific, transparent, and efficient approaches to risk assessment, and to identify risk assessment challenges. It will also create an opportunity to share risk assessment case studies illustrating the key concepts and principles underpinning the RISK21 framework and its applications. For more information, please email Michelle Embry (email@example.com) or Sandrine Deglin (firstname.lastname@example.org).
I am using my space this month to celebrate HESI’s international reach. Although we are based in the U.S. – our program participants hail from five continents. Over the next few months HESI staff and projects will be in Japan, Brazil, Cuba, Finland, Spain, Canada…and that is only what is on the books as of now! During the coming months, the HESI Board of Trustees will also undertake active plans to further expand our global engagement into those regions and countries where HESI has traditionally been less active (e.g., Africa, Southeast Asia, etc.) The quality of human and environmental health has never been more globally connected than it is now. HESI is committed to studying and serving these connection points to help realize improvements worldwide.
Syril D. Pettit, DrPH, MEM
HESI Executive Director
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