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Media Advisory: USGS Hosts National Conference on Human Health-Related Research
Released: 2/22/2007 10:28:43 AM

Contact Information:
U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey
Office of Communication
119 National Center
Reston, VA 20192
Brenda Pierce 1-click interview
Phone: 703-648-6421

Jessica Robertson 1-click interview
Phone: 703 -648-6624

What:               The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is hosting the 2nd Earth Science and Public Health Meeting 

Topic:               Public Health Problems from Environmental Contamination and Infectious Diseases

Where:            USGS National Center 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston, Va.

When:             February 27-March 1, 2007

The USGS 2nd Earth Science and Public Health Meeting will foster collaboration between the public health and earth science communities to discuss and find solutions to existing and emerging environmental health problems. Scientists will discuss public health threats affected by the relationship between people and the physical, chemical and biological nature of our natural environments.

"The USGS is the Nation's natural science agency and plays a significant role in providing unbiased, interdisciplinary scientific information to help understand environmental contributions to diseases and human health," said USGS Energy Resources Program Coordinator Brenda Pierce. "Understanding environmental contributions to emerging infectious diseases and other health-related issues is necessary in protecting public health."

This meeting will focus on potential contaminants and pathogens in air, dusts and soils; drinking water exposure to chemical and pathogenic contaminants; human consumption of contaminants that accumulate in the food chain; pathogen exposure through recreational waters; vector-borne and zoonotic diseases; and animals as indicators for potential threats to human health.

Highlights will include keynote speakers Catherine Skinner of Yale University and Jose Centeno of the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, as well as a number of scientific and technical talks and poster sessions by USGS staff and other federal and state agencies, universities, the health community and nongovernmental organizations.

For more information on this meeting and USGS human health-related activities, visit http://health.usgs.gov/.

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