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Dec. 10,  2010

Predictive Health Symposium Links Environment and Health

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The Sixth Annual National Symposium on Predictive Health, to be held Dec. 13-14, will focus on integrating biology, behavior and environment, and will emphasize maintaining health rather than treating disease. The theme of the symposium is "Human Health: Molecules to Mankind.”

Major topics will include environmental health, genomics, nutrition, toxicology, fetal nutrition, air pollution and ethics as they relate to predictive health.

The Emory/Georgia Tech Predictive Health Institute symposium will be held at the Emory Conference Center, 1615 Clifton Rd., Atlanta, Ga., 30329.

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Keynote speakers include Christopher Paul Wild, PhD, director, International Agency for Research on Cancer, Lyon, France, and Christopher J. Portier, PhD, director, National Center for Environmental Health and Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The roster includes speakers from the National Center for Toxicological Research, Food and Drug Administration; the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences; Institute for Systems Biology; the University of Cambridge; the United States Environmental Protection Agency; University of California, Berkeley; the University of Washington, Seattle; the National Wildlife Federation; and the Southface Energy Institute, in addition to scientists from Emory and Georgia Tech.

Predictive health is a new paradigm that defines the unique characteristics that predict health status for individuals and populations, and uses new discoveries in biomedicine to emphasize health maintenance and health recovery rather than treatment of disease.

"Emory's Woodruff Health Sciences Center is committed to creating new ways of predicting health status, personalizing treatment and maintaining long-term well-being,” says Wright Caughman, MD, Emory University interim executive vice president for health affairs, CEO, Woodruff Health Sciences Center, and chairman, Emory Healthcare. “By combining advances in science and technology, we are developing innovative strategies that will help us predict and potentially prevent disease for the patients we serve."

Caughman will lead the symposium along with Kenneth Brigham, MD, director of the Emory/Georgia Tech Predictive Health Institute and Bud Peterson, PhD, president of the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Linda A. McCauley, PhD, FAAN, RN, dean of Emory University's Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing and a session chair, says, “Florence Nightingale paved the way in recognizing the intricate relationship between healthy environments and healing. This symposium will offer the opportunity to give 21st century insights into how the environment is still a powerful predictor of one’s health.” McCauley is a national leader in the area of research on environmental exposures and conducts interdisciplinary research using participatory research models to study pesticide exposures among minority communities.

“This year’s symposium highlights the critical role of the environment in our health. The exposome, as described by Dr. Wild, represents a quantifiable entity of lifelong environmental exposures that can help inform healthcare and public health decisions. Emory is poised to become a leader in this area,” says Gary W. Miller, PhD, a toxicologist, associate dean for research in the Rollins School of Public Health, and a session chair.

One of the cross-cutting initiatives in Emory's strategic plan, the Predictive Health Institute includes not only medicine, public health and nursing, but also anthropology, ethics, behavior, health policy, law, business and religion.

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