'Our health depends on that of the environment in which we live, and we influence our environment in ways that make it more or less healthy for us and other living beings. To achieve Enough, For All, Forever, it is imperative that we understand and address the impacts of the environment on human health and the stark inequalities in health and in access to clean environments locally, nationally, and globally.'
Improving health and reducing health inequalities underpin our work. We are generating evidence that informs policies on human exposures to environmental hazards in air, water, soil and food and their impact on health, disease and wellbeing. We research these issues at the scale of cells right through to the UK and world populations. We are interested in environment-health links on time scales from minute by minute changes in pollution and physiological parameters up to changes across the life course of individuals and populations. We use epidemiology and statistics, toxicology, health psychology, environmental and nutrition science, modelling and social sciences to answer these questions.
Tuesday 8 and Wednesday 9 May 2012
Biomarkers are key molecular or cellular events that link a specific environmental exposure to a health outcome. Biomarkers play an important role in understanding the relationships between exposure to environmental chemicals, the development of chronic human diseases, and the identification of subgroups that are at increased risk for disease. Much progress has been made in identifying and validating new biomarkers that can be used in population-based studies of environmental disease.
This symposium brought together international researchers working in the field of biomarkers to promote discussion and provide a strong foundation and clear pathways for future collaborative research proposals.
Keynote speakers included:
Dr Manish Arora (Universities of Harvard and Sydney)
Dr David Mortimer (Food Standards Agency)
Professor Dimosthenis Sarigiannis (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki)
Professor Richard Walker (Newcastle University)
Professor Helen Whelton (Oral Health Services Research Centre, University College Cork)
Dr Fevzi Sylejmani (Director of the Main Family Medical Centre, Mitrovica, Kosovo)
Dr Tom Shepherd (Nottingham and Leeds Universities)
Dr Alexis Dolphin (University of Western Ontario)
Dr Robert Jefferson (Newcastle University)
Ms Lyndsay Bramwell (Newcastle University)
Dr Elaine Mutch (Newcastle University)
Please see Biomarkers Research Symposium to download speakers' presentations and see photographs of the event.
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