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Environmental Factor, March 2012

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Upcoming workshop on individual susceptibility

By Eddy Ball

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An innovative interagency program sponsored by NIEHS opens its 2012 workshop series with an exploration of "Biological Factors that Underlie Individual Susceptibility to Environmental Stressors, and Their Implications for Decision-Making" April 18-19 in Washington, D.C.

The workshop, which is part of the National Academies’ Emerging Science for Environmental Health Decisions series, is free and open to the public. Registrations are now being accepted for attendees and for the live webcast.

Why individuals may respond differently to environmental exposure

The workshop will focus on the endogenous and biological factors that influence individual variability in response to environmental exposures, such as genetics and epigenetics, physiology, life stage, and other biological differences. Presenters will explore new and innovative approaches for characterizing individual variability, as well as approaches for and challenges to communicating the relationships among individual variability, disease susceptibility, and public health.

Sponsored by NIEHS, the program holds three workshops per year on the use of new discoveries, tools, and approaches for guiding environmental health decisions. The workshops provide a public venue for communication among government, industry, environmental groups, and the academic community.

The April workshop is the tenth in the series, , which began in July 2009 with a workshop on "Use of Emerging Science and Technologies to Explore Epigenetic Mechanisms Underlying the Developmental Basis for Disease." Past presentations are archived online, and videos are available for several recent workshops.

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