Upcoming Seminar presented by the Society for Risk Analysis: Exposure Science in the 21st Century

The Society for Risk Analysis New England Chapter (SRA-NE), an organizational partner of the Research Translation Core, will be presenting a joint program with the National Capital Area Chapter (NCAC) of the Society for Risk Analysis entitled “Exposure Science in the 21st Century” on Tuesday July 9, 2013 from 5:30-7:30pm in Washington DC and Boston. Co-sponsored by The Women’s Council on Energy and the Environment and George Washington University’s Center for Risk Science and Public Health, the event will feature presentations by Paul Lioy of Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and of Rutgers Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute and Linda Sheldon of the EPA’s Office of Research and Development as well as discussants Rick Reiss of Exponent and Tee Guidotti of Medical Advisory Services. The program will be moderated by George Gray, President of SRA and Eric Ruder, SRA-NE President and of Industrial Economics, Inc. Students and SRP colleagues are encouraged to attend. To RSVP for the Boston-base program, please contact Eric Ruder at eruder [at] indecon.com. To register for the webinar, please contact Gene Stroup at stroup.gene [at] epa.gov.


Paul J. Lioy– What does the NRC Report Exposure Science in the 21st Century provide to foster the growth and utility of the field?

The NRC Committee on Exposure Science in the 21st Century published its milestone “Goldbook” report in late 2012. Its major observations on the role of exposure science within the aligned fields of risk assessment and environmental health will be discussed from the vantage point of past successes and the future needs.  This will be done using as the backdrop: how principles of exposure science have evolved since the publication of the first NRC report on exposure over 20 years ago.  Further, the committee’s view on challenges and issues that must be addressed, such as consumer products, will be outlined. Major conclusions and recommendations made by the committee will be highlighted, including the following issues: sensor technology, human activities and behavior patterns, multiple near term and long term research needs, and the training of the next generation of exposure scientists.

Linda Sheldon– Exposure Science in the 21st Century: Taking action to move the science forward

Exposure science is the bridge between the sources of chemical, physical and biological agents and ecological and human health.  Exposure science is critical for predicting, preventing, and reducing human health and ecosystem risks.  The NRC’s report, Exposure Science in the 21st Century: A Vision and a Strategy, provides an opportunity for developing exposure science to address 21st century problems.  The NRC committee’s recommendations can be placed into three primary categories: 1) the development of technologies to analyze exposure, 2) the development of data and knowledge management tools to interpret exposure, and 3) the integration of stakeholders in the research enterprise to enhance the relevance and translation of the research.  During the past year, EPA has worked with Federal and nonfederal partners and stakeholders to develop critical partnerships for advancing exposure science. This presentation will discuss the vision and key concepts in the report and ongoing actions to achieve the vision.  Dr. Sheldon will also provide information on efforts to develop collaborations across multiple federal agencies and give a few examples on ongoing innovative research that is aligned with the vision in the report.

July 2, 2013