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Title:Prioritizing toxicological research on emerging contaminants or issues of concern: Identification, response, timing, and teamwork
Author(s):Fenton, Suzanne
Subject(s):emerging contaminants
Abstract:Presented by: Suzanne Fenton – research scientist at National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, Co-authors: Blystone CR, Jahnke GD, Lunn RM, Smith-Roe SL, Mutlu E Abstract: Public health is affected by emerging contaminants and issues of concern (ECIC). Division of the National Toxicology Program (DNTP; NIEHS) research has historically addressed many ECIC. Current effort is focused on developing a framework within the DNTP portfolio, as a strategic area of focus for responsive research, to 1) identify when rapid responses are required, 2) develop stakeholder networks, characterize current capabilities, and identify research gaps to enhance response time, and 3) facilitate fit-for-purpose prioritized responses to address ECIC. DNTP ECIC projects include crumb rubber (as used in synthetic turf) exposures, chronic kidney disease of unknown origin, and developmental studies on boron in drinking water. Establishing communications with other organizations focused on ECIC to identify issues and knowledge gaps that might be amendable to potential program level collaborations is a current priority. This will enhance the use of limited resources by avoiding duplication of efforts, increasing productivity, and identifying and engaging communities and groups advocating for scientific solutions to address human health concerns. Ultimately, these efforts will strengthen the science base around ECIC, improve the use of DNTP resources to effectively respond to ECIC, and facilitate coordination with other programs such as the legislatively mandated National Emerging Contaminants Research Initiative. Biography: Dr. Fenton is a Division of the National Toxicology Program (DNTP) scientist known for her research on PFAS-related health effects and developmental origins of adult disease, such as breast cancer. She is representing the DNTP Emerging Contaminants and Issues of Concern (ECIC) program, a team of investigators engaged in responsive research. The program aims to strengthen the ECIC science base, use DNTP resources to effectively respond to environmental health emergencies, and facilitate coordination with other organizations with similar goals.
Issue Date:2021-04-28
Series/Report:2021 Emerging Contaminants in the Environment Conference (ECEC21)
Genre:Presentation / Lecture / Speech
Conference Paper / Presentation
Date Available in IDEALS:2021-04-23

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