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Publish Date: 01/07/99
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Town Meeting Focuses on Environment and Health in Greater Cincinnati

CincinnatióThe University of Cincinnati (UC) Department of Environmental Health, the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), and the Society of Toxicology (SOT) are inviting local residents to a regional town meeting on January 19 beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Cincinnati Museum Centerís Reakirt Auditorium to discuss local environmental concerns. This town meeting is one of 20 meetings which are being held around the United States.

"This meeting will help to open a dialogue between local residents who are impacted by environmental pollution and scientists who conduct research on health problems related to environmental exposures," says Marshall Anderson, PhD, director of the UCís Department of Environmental Health. "We want to discuss ways that we can work together to identify and conduct relevant science-based approaches to addressing the health concerns of these neighborhoods."

Kenneth Olden, PhD, director of the NIEHS, will participate in the town meeting. Cincinnati Mayor Roxanne Qualls will moderate the session. Scheduled participants include: David Altman, an environmental attorney; Linda Brisco, Communities United for Action (CUFA); Pauletta Hansel, Urban Appalachian Council (UAC); Jim Lockey, Environmental Advisory Council (EAC); and Edwa Yocum, Fernald Residents for Environmental Safety and Health (FRESH). Prior to the town meeting, environmental community groups and researchers will have information on display from 3:00-6:00 p.m. outside the auditorium.

A symposium on environmental issues will be held on January 20 from 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. at the Cincinnati Museum Center. Sessions include asthma and respiratory diseases, lead-related diseases, and environmental genetics. The symposium is free and open to the public, but registration is required. For more information, call 558-3625.

NIEHS funds 20 Centers for Environmental Health Studies located in universities across the country, including the University of Cincinnati. The research program at UCís Department of Environmental Health ranks second in the country in terms of grants and contracts.

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