December 9, 2010

Predictive health symposium links environment and health

Integrating biology, behavior and environment is the focus of the 6th Annual National Symposium on Predictive Health, Dec. 13-14, at the Emory Conference Center.

The theme of the Emory/Georgia Tech Predictive Health Institute symposium, which emphasizes maintaining health rather than treating disease, 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.

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

View the full agenda and registration.

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, 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, director of the Emory/Georgia Tech Predictive Health Institute, and Bud Peterson, Georgia Tech president.

In addition to scientists from Emory and Georgia Tech, the roster includes speakers from:

• National Center for Toxicological Research
• Food and Drug Administration
• National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
• Institute for Systems Biology
• University of Cambridge
• U. S. Environmental Protection Agency
• University of California, Berkeley
• University of Washington, Seattle
• National Wildlife Federation
• Southface Energy Institute.

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