251256 Toxicogenomics and improving public health

Tuesday, November 1, 2011: 1:00 PM

Thomas A. Burke, PhD, MPH , Department of Health Policy and Management, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD
New scientific tools spawned by the genomics revolution promise to improve our ability to identify causative factors in human diseases. But as these new tools elucidate the complex interactions between chemical toxins and biologic systems, the strain on traditional ways of understanding toxic effects grows. There is widespread agreement that the new toxicology promises a significant increase in the amount of information available on toxic effects of chemicals. This presentation will provide some perspectives on the promise and the potential barriers to using this new information for more effective public health protection.

Learning Areas:
Environmental health sciences

Learning Objectives:
1. Discuss the promise and potential barriers to using advances in molecular science and genomics for more effective public health protection.

Keywords: Environmental Health, Risk Assessment

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the Director of the Johns Hopkins Risk Sciences and Public Policy Institute, teach risk assessment, and have chaired the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Improving Risk Analysis at The U.S. EPA.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.