Environmental Factor, March 2011, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
Aubrey Miller to speak on Gulf oil spill response
By Eddy Ball
Miller also supervises the NIEHS office in Bethesda, Md., where he, Senior Advisor for Public Health John Balbus, M.D., Toxicology Liaison Chris Weis, Ph.D., and Legislative Liaison Mary Gant represent the Institute in Washington, D.C., and on Capitol Hill. (Photo courtesy of Steve McCaw)
NIEHS Senior Medical Advisor Aubrey Miller, M.D., will address the NIH role in the aftermath of the Gulf oil spill at a meeting of environmental, health, and safety professionals March 27-30 in Savannah, Ga. Miller will deliver his presentation, "Gulf Oil Spill: Health Concerns and the NIH Response," as the featured keynote address at the 28th annual meeting of the Environmental Information Association (EIA) (http://www.eia-usa.org/) .
Since the Deepwater Horizon incident on April 20, 2010, Miller has been involved in the Institute's multi-faceted response (https://www.niehs.nih.gov/about/od/programs/gulfspill/) to the Gulf oil spill (GOS). His activities in this area include founding and co-chairing, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the federal Interagency Oil Spill Health Monitoring and Research Workgroup comprised of over 50 agency representatives.
As one of the NIEHS leads in the Gulf, Miller has testified before U.S. Senate and House committees and partnered with NIEHS/NTP scientists and staff to develop an informational health and toxicology website to support the public health response. He is also an associate investigator for a new longitudinal cohort study (GuLF STUDY) to evaluate the health effects of over 50,000 workers involved in the GOS cleanup and is serving as the NIH spokesperson on the spill.
The Environmental Information Association
From its beginning as the National Asbestos Council, EIA has provided professionals in the environmental industry with information needed to remain knowledgeable, responsible, and competitive in the environmental health and safety industry. Conference session topics include indoor air quality, environmental sampling and analysis, lead-based paint abatement, asbestos management, regulatory compliance, auditing, environmental site assessments, and environmental management systems.
Each year the conference brings together representatives of federal regulatory agencies and professionals working in the areas of environmental health and safety to address developments in the field and engage current topics. EIA offers continuing education units for members of several organizations attending its annual conferences and conducts certification programs for several environmental health occupations.
Joining Miller as speakers at the conference will be Martin Jones (http://www.gustlaw.com/attorneys3.tpl?SKU=1018&action=search) , a specialist in environmental law with Gust Rosenfield, P.L.C., and Linda Reinstein (http://www.asbestosdiseaseawareness.org/linda-reinstein-ceo-and-co-founder-of-asbestos-disease-awareness-organization-adao-issues-statement-on-%E2%80%9Cdrop-the-rock%E2%80%9D-sb-624/) , CEO and co-founder of the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization as special plenary session presenters, as well as an outstanding line up of the industry's top experts on asbestos, lead, mold, and indoor air quality.