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Advances in Causal Understanding for Human Health Risk-Based Decision Making

March 6-7, 2017

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
2101 Constitution Avenue Northwest
Washington, DC


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New molecular and bioinformatic approaches have advanced understanding of how molecular pathways are affected by exposure and the molecular networks involved in disease. However, these advances are often not yet deemed sufficient to establish causality for public health risk assessments; regulators still rely primarily on traditional apical endpoints, such as those endpoints observed in animal studies.


Join a workshop on March 6-7, 2017, hosted by the Standing Committee on Emerging Science for Environmental Health Decisions, to discuss the current thinking surrounding causal models, how novel approaches and tools are relevant for environmental health, and how they can be incorporated into the decision making process. Held in Washington, DC and webcast, this free, 2-day workshop will bring together leading environmental health experts, toxicologists, statisticians, sociologists, epidemiologists, regulators and experts from other fields that utilize different data streams for establishing causality in complex systems. Speakers include:


  • Kim Boekelheide, Brown University, Standing Committee Co-Chair
  • Jon Samet, Univeristy of Southern California Institute for Global Health
  • Paolo Vineis, Imperial College London
  • Martyn Smith, University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health
  • Mary Beth Terry, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health
  • Vince Cogliano, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Richard Scheines, Carnegie Mellon University

The members of the workshop’s planning committee are:


Kim Boekelheide, Brown University

Weihsueh Chiu, Texas A&M University

Gary Ginsberg, Connecticut Department of Public Health

Kristi Pullen Fedinick, Natural Resource Defense Council

Reza Rasoulpour, Dow AgroSciences


Individuals with disabilities who need Sign Language Interpreters and/or reasonable accommodation to participate in this event should contact Aanika Senn, National Academy of Sciences, at


This National Academy of Sciences activity is sponsored by the National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS).

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