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Tutorial 1: Systematic Review Approaches in Environmental Health Sciences
Kristina Thayer is the Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) Division Director, located within the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) National Center for Environmental Assessment (NCEA). IRIS assessments identify the potential for a chemical to cause cancer or non-cancer health effects in people and are considered the top tier source of toxicity information used by EPA and other agencies to inform national standards, clean-up levels at local sites, and set advisory levels. IRIS uses systematic review methods to conduct assessments. Prior to joining EPA, Dr. Thayer was Deputy Division Director of Analysis at the National Toxicology Program (NTP) and Director of the NTP Office of Health Assessment and Translation (OHAT) located on the campus of the National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS). She is considered an expert on the application of systematic review methods to environmental health topics and the use of specialized software and automation approaches to facilitate conducting reviews.
Tutorial 2: Magnetic Nanoparticles as Therapeutic Agents: Focusing on the Role of a Scientist and Engineer
Theodoros Samaras is Professor of Bioelectromagnetics at the Department of Physics, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. He is a trained Medical Physicist specializing in the non-ionizing spectrum. He is working with computational multiphysics/multiscale methods for applied electromagnetics. His research interests include exposure assessment (both numerical and experimental) to electromagnetic fields and radiation; applications of electromagnetic fields in cancer therapy (hyperthermia, thermal ablation techniques); non-invasive brain stimulation with transcranial techniques; patient monitoring with electrical impedance tomography. In recent years, he has been active in the area of biomedical uses of magnetic nanoparticle, where he is attempting to transfer knowledge in dosimetry from other areas of bioelectromagnetics He has been serving as a reviewer for several journals and funding organizations and as the national representative to European research co-ordination actions (BM0704, BM1309, TD1104, EMF-NET) and standardization committees (IEC TC106). He is currently member of the European Commission’s Scientific Committee on Health, Environmental and Emerging Risks (SCHEER) and has been elected twice in the Council of the European Bioelectromagnetics Association (EBEA) and in the Board of the European Society for Hyperthermic Oncology.
Tutorial 3: Evaluation of Animal Cancer Studies (overview)
Dr. Chad Blystone is a Toxicologist with the National Toxicology Program (NTP) located within the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS). His expertise includes designing and interpreting animal cancer studies. He leads the NTP’s Chronic Toxicity and Carcinogenicity Technical Reports, a program that has evaluated chemicals and other agents in the two-year bioassay for over 30 years. These studies have contributed a significant amount of data for identifying potential human health hazards and NTP’s nearly 600 studies have provided an extensive database for researchers and international risk assessment organizations.