Upcoming Event: RTC partner CHE presents A Story of Childhood Leukemia, a Story of Health: Genetic and Environmental Risk Factors for Childhood Leukemia

A Story of Health uses storytelling to translate science for health promotion and disease prevention. The first stories of A Story of Health are scheduled for publication in mid January 2015. Learn more or sign up to be notified of updates on CHE’s website. As part of the BUSRP-CHE partnership, the eBook was reviewed by CEC Project Leader Madeleine Scammell.The upcoming CHE call will introduce the new illustrated, multimedia eBook that harnesses the power of stories to explore the multiple influences on our health across the lifespan. Details are below.

A Story of Childhood Leukemia, a Story of Health: Genetic and Environmental Risk Factors for Childhood Leukemia

Jan 22, 2015

This call on Thursday January 22, 2015 at 10:00 am Pacific/ 1:00 pm Eastern will introduce the new A Story of Health illustrated, multimedia eBook that harnesses the power of stories to explore the multiple influences on our health across the lifespan.

Childhood leukemia is a rare cancer but it has been increasing in incidence each year – 55% in the 35 years between 1975 and 2010. Why? Join experts from the University of California, Berkeley CIRCLE center (Center for Integrative Research on Childhood Cancer) as we examine the genetic and environmental risk factors for childhood leukemia through the life of Stephen, a three-year-old boy whose parents have just been told that he has leukemia. Leukemia can be an overwhelming diagnosis for a family, even though survival rates have increased dramatically during the past 50 years. Stephen’s story delves into the complex variables that may contribute to the onset of leukemia, and also looks at protective factors and actions families and society can undertake to reduce risks. CIRCLE scientists contributed significantly to Stephen’s story, including via 10 original videos on topics including residential exposures to pesticides and the risk of leukemia, exposure to infections and leukemia, flame retardant and PCB exposures from house dust, and the importance of the timing of environmental exposures, including both pre-and post-natal. Several of these topics will be discussed more in-depth during this discussion.

This call marks the official release of A Story of Health, which will soon be available for download on the CHE websiteA Story of Health includes multiple levels of detail accessible to readers from health professionals to health advocates, policymakers to health and science media. In this first installment of our science-based “graphic novel,” we follow the lives of two other fictional characters in addition to Stephen: Nine-year-old Brett from Southern California, who has asthma, and; Amelia, a small-town Louisiana teen with developmental disabilities. A Story of Health features numerous original illustrations, videos from science experts, pop-ups with key-concepts, links to additional resources, and references linked to scientific papers–pages filled with information you can use.

The eBook will offer FREE continuing credits from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.

Featured speakers:

Mark Miller, MPH, MD, is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Departments of Pediatrics at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF). He is also the Director of the UCSF Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit (PEHSU) and the director of the Children’s Environmental Health Program at the California Environmental Protection Agency. He received his medical degree and completed a Pediatric residency at Michigan State University. He is a co-author of A Story of Health.

Catherine Metayer MD, PhD, is Associate Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology, School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley. She is the Principal Investigator of the California Childhood Leukemia Study and the Center for Integrative Research on Childhood Leukemia and the Environment (CIRCLE), a federally funded Program Project for a Children’s Environmental Health Center in the United States. She is also the Chair of the Childhood Leukemia International Consortium Studies (CLIC), and leads several pooled analyses with over 10 case-control studies worldwide. Dr. Metayer’s research portfolio focuses on the associations between genetic factors, environmental exposures, birth characteristics, medical conditions, and vitamin supplementation and the risk childhood leukemia.

Joseph Wiemels, PhD, is Professor, School of Medicine, University of California San Francisco. Following his doctoral training in toxicology, epidemiology, and molecular biology at the University of California, Berkeley, Dr. Wiemels studied the etiology of childhood leukemia in London, UK. He then joined the UC Laboratory for Molecular Epidemiology in late 1999, and works on the epidemiology and etiology of childhood leukemia and adult brain cancer. Dr. Wiemels primary research interest is discovering the timing and mechanisms of chromosomal translocations associated with leukemia, and he has received NIH funding for the project, “Backtracking Translocations to Birth.”

The call will be moderated by Ted Schettler MD, MPH, Science Director of both the Science and Environmental Health Network the Collaborative on Health and the Environment. He is also a co-author of A Story of Health.

The call will last one hour and will be recorded for archival purposes.

January 15, 2015