ECETOC and EUROTOX co-organise 2 conference sessions

ECETOC and EUROTOX co-organise two conference sessions
Entry date: 15 September 2005

Chemical pollution & the development of asthma and children & health formed the subject matter for 2 ECETOC/EUROTOX co-organised sessions held at this year’s EUROTOX annual conference..

This 11- 14 September, ECETOC collaborated with EUROTOX (European Societies of Toxicology) to organise two sessions at EUROTOX’s annual conference in Krakow, Poland. The sessions built on two recently completed ECETOC outputs: A workshop on ‘Chemical Pollution, Respiratory Allergy and Asthma’ (look out for the report, which will be published soon) and a state if the science review on ‘Trends in Children’s Health and the Role of Chemicals’. Both sessions were well attended and triggered a lively discussion.
The session papers will form part of a publication of the conference proceedings.

Following, you find an outline of the sessions’ programmes, both of which took place on 14th September:

Chemical Pollution and Development of Asthma

Chairs:
Michael Y. Gribble, ECETOC, Brussels, Belgium
Cezary Palczynski, Nofer Institute of Occupational Medicine, Lodz, Poland

Chemical pollution, asthma and allergy: an ECETOC perspective
I. Kimber, Syngenta Central Toxicology Laboratory, Macclesfield, UK
Cross-shift study in mastic asphalt workers: chemical-irritative effects of fumes and aerosols of bitumen
M. Raulf-Heimsoth, Research Institute of Occupational Medicine (BGFA), Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany

Asthma due to chemical exposure
C. Palczynski, Dept. of Occupational Diseases, Nofer Institute of Occupational Medicine, Lodz, Poland

Cytokine release from alveolar macrophages exposed to ambient particulate matter: relation to size, city, season and metal content
M. Refsnes, Norwegian Institute of Public Health, Oslo, Norway

Prediction of the respiratory sensitising potential of chemicals in a modified local lymph node assay
H. Tuschl, A, ARC Research Seibersdorf GmbH, Seibersdorf, Austria

Acute transcriptomics response of lung epithelial cells to cigarette smoke particulate matter: comparison with data from a human study
A. Richter, R&D Centre, British American Tobacco, Southampton, UK

Is smoking habit masking airway minimal persistent inflammation (MPI) present in sensitised nonasthmatics?
I. Maloca, Dept. for Occupational and Environmental Health, Institute for Medical Research and Occupational Health, Zagreb, Croatia

Children and Health
Chairs:
Herman Autrup, University of Aarhus, Aarhus, Denmark
Christa Hennes, ECETOC, Brussels, Belgium

Children as a risk group:state of the science review by an ECETOC task force
H Autrup, Institute of Public Health, University of Aarhus, Denmark

Gene-environment and development of asthma and allergy
M. Kabesch, University Children’s Hospital, Ludwig Maximilians University, Munich, Germany
Joint effects of lead (Pb) and stress: consequences for behavioural processes, neurochemical systems, stress responsivity and HPA axis function
D. A. Cory-Slechta, Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute, Piscataway, USA

Children and health: biomarkers to assess exposure to genotoxicants. Meta-analysis of European data
D. F. Merlo, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, National Cancer Research Institute, Genoa, Italy
Exposure to pesticides and children’s health: overview of epidemiological evidence
W. Hanke, Dept. of Environmental Epidemiology, Nofer Institute of Occupational Medicine, Lodz, Poland