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Upcoming Symposium on Children and the Built Environment

By Rosemarie Ramos, Ph.D.
October 2008

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The Children's Environmental Health Institute ( Exit NIEHS announced that it is accepting registrations for the Fifth Biennial Scientific Symposium to be held at the historic Barr Mansion in Austin, Texas October 30-31. The title of this year's symposium is "Blueprint for Children's Health and the Built Environment." NIEHS is a Platinum sponsor of the event.

The program will include keynote talks by Phil Landrigan, M.D., an NIEHS Children's Environmental Health Center grantee, and Donald Mattison, M.D., chief of the Obstetric and Pediatric Pharmacology Research Branch at the NIH National Institute of Child Health and Human Development in Bethesda, Md. Howard Frumpkin, M.D., director of the National Center for Environmental Health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and other leading authorities in environmental public health and children's health will chair panels on major questions related to the topic.

The mission of the Children's Environmental Health Institute is to support initiatives to improve children's health with an emphasis on their microenvironment. The organization seeks to improve children's health by supporting collaborative efforts in scientific research, environmental education and public policy that identify, develop and promote practices to accurately assess and manage environmental health risks to children.

(Rosemarie Ramos, Ph.D., is a health disparities postdoctoral fellow in the Metastasis Group.)

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