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Nov. 4,  2009

Luncheon Series Highlighting Children's Health Issues Co-Sponsored by Emory

Emory University pediatric researchers have partnered with Atlanta natives Laura Seydel and Lisa Tush to present a series of enlightenment lunches on environmental health issues facing children.

The first lunch in the series will take place Tuesday, Nov. 10, Noon-2 p.m., at the Biltmore Ballrooms Georgian Room, 817 W. Peachtree St. in midtown Atlanta.

Ken Cook, president of the Environmental Working Group (EWG) and Anila Jacob, MD, MPH, EWG senior scientist will discuss industrial chemicals and pollutants.

In addition to the Nov. 10 lunch, two additional lunches are planned for 2010. Emory researcher Anne Fitzpatrick, PhD, will keynote the April 27, 2010, seminar focusing on asthma and clean air.

Emory pediatric researchers are involved in several projects aimed at improving the health of Georgia’s children. Emory, in partnership with the Morehouse School of Medicine, is among several U.S. academic institutions participating in the National Children’s Study, a longitudinal cohort that will examine the effect of genes and environment on children’s health.
The Emory Department of Pediatrics and the Rollins School of Public Health are also leading a research program in severe pediatric asthma that includes studying the impact of atmospheric environment, social environment and biological environment on asthma. Georgia and Atlanta have a large burden of asthma, which affects one of every 10 children in the state.

A full schedule of the 2009-2010 Enlightenment Lunch Series is listed below:

  • Nov. 10, 2009: Kid-Safe Chemicals Act
    Presenters: Ken Cook, president, Environmental Working Group, and Anila Jacob, MD, MPH, senior scientist, Environmental Working Group
    Tickets for the Nov. 10 meeting are $40 and may be purchased by calling 404-727-5713.
  • Feb. 24, 2010: National Children’s Study
    Presenter: Phil Landrigan, MD, MSc, professor and chair, Department of Preventive Medicine, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, and director, Children’s Environmental Health Center
  • April 20, 2010: Asthma/Clean Air Initiative
    Presenters: Anne Fitzpatrick, PhD, director, Emory Severe Asthma Research Program, and Rebecca Watts Hull, MS, program manager, Mothers and Others for Clean Air, Georgia Conservancy


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