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OCTOBER 9, 2006
  Invitation to Cover: Penn to Host Inaugural Symposium at New Center of Excellence in Environmental Toxicology
  Center First of Its Kind in Pennsylvania
WHAT: Members of the media are invited to attend The Environment, Health and Disease, a symposium hosted by the new Center for Excellence in Environmental Toxicology (CEET) at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. The Center is the first of its kind in Pennsylvania and will bring together world-renowned experts from the field of environmental toxicology. Topics to be addressed include lung and airway disease, endocrine and reproduction disruption, oxidative stress injury, genes and the environment, and biomarkers. The symposium will also focus on: collaborative research; translational research; grants and initiatives; training health care professionals; and community-based advocacy.

Several Penn scientists will be presenting new and updated research. This updated information will include recent discoveries in the area of asthma treatment, biomarkers for mesiothelioma (the “silent killer”), melanoma susceptibility genes, and gene-environment interactions and preterm birth. Scientists will discuss new initiatives to identify lung cancer susceptibility genes and the link between ozone and asthma. The symposium will also provide a forum in which scientists and stakeholders can discuss how to tackle environmental health issues that pervade our urban region.

The Center represents a partnership between research scientists and communities in southeastern Pennsylvania. Its mission is to understand the mechanism by which environmental exposures lead to disease. Understanding these processes can lead to early diagnosis, intervention, and prevention strategies. The goal of the center will be to improve environmental health and medicine in the region.

WHEN: Tuesday, October 17
7:30 am – 5:30 pm
WHERE: University of Pennsylvania
Biomedical Research Building II/III: Auditorium

421 Curie Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA


7:30 am Continental Breakfast
8:00 Welcome - Dean, School of Medicine
8:15 CEET and its Mission: Dr. Trevor Penning
8:30 Lung and Airway Disease: Tackling Asthma
9:00 Endocrine and Reproduction Disruption: Role of Endocrine Disruptors on Male Reproductive Tract Development
9:30 Oxidative Stress and Stress Injury: Oxidative Stress-Mediated Cellular Toxicity
10:00 Genes and the Environment: Susceptibility to Melanoma
10:30 Break
11:00 Toxicogenomics: Gene-environment interactions and preterm birth
11:20 Toxicoproteomics: Assembling a sperm tail
11:40 Biomarkers: Mesothelin as a marker for mesiothelioma
12:00 pm Lunch
1:30 Collaborative Research with Environmental Health Science Centers
2:00 Translational Research and Environmental Medicine
2:30 Grants and Initiatives in Environmental Health Sciences
3:00 Break
3:30 Building Ties with Institute of Translational Medicine and Therapeutics
4:00 Integrative Health Facility Core
4:30 Training Health Care Professionals
5:00 Community Based Participation in CEET
5:30 Reception

Editor's Note: Registration is required to attend. If you plan on attending this event, contact either Mary Webster, at (215) 746-3031 or, or Rick Cushman, at (215) 349-5659 or

Nationally recognized speakers to include: Dr. William Martin, Associate Director for Translational Biomedical Research, who will speak on “Translational Research and Environmental Medicine” and Dr. Anne Sassaman, Director of Extramural Research and Training at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences who will discuss “Grants and Initiatives in Environmental Health Sciences.”


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