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Past Meeting Topics

Here you will find topics covered in past meetings GETA has held.

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Winter     “The Science of Cannabis: Endocannabinoid Signaling and Pesticides in Cannabis Cultivation” - Presentations: Regulating Pesticides on Cannabis: It's Just Different | Endocannabinoid Signaling in Brain Development, Function, and Homeostasis | The Need for Standardization in the Cannabis Industry
Spring         “The Giant Inside You: The Interface between the Microbiome, Environment, and Disease” - Presentations: The Microbial Pharmacists within Us: Role of the Human Gut Microbiome in Pharmacology and Nutrition | Manipulating the Human Microbiome - the Impact of Medical and Environmental Exposures on our Microbes | Intestinal Microbiota Involved in Genotoxicity, Inflammation, Latency of Lymphoma and Longevity in Atm Deficient Mice a Unique Probiotic


Spring     “Environmental Contributors to Cancer” - Presentations: Using New Approaches to Study Environmental and Occupational Exposures to Toxic Chemicals | Biomarker Developments in Cancer Therapy | Community-Research Collaborations for Cancer Concerns: an Epidemiologic Perspective
Fall         “Genetic and Environmental Toxicology at UC Berkeley: From Cutting Edge Science to Collaborative Research” - Presentations: Structural Insights into CRISPR/Cas9-mediated Target DNA Recognition and Cleavage | Using Chemoproteomic Platforms to Map Toxicological Mechanisms | Omics and Children' Environmental Health: New Results from the CHAMACOS Study


Summer     “Understanding the Etiology & Physiology of Neurodevelopmental Disorders” - Presentations: Phthalates: Potential Role in Maternal Metabolic Dysfunction and Neurodevelopmental Disorders | Mapping the Methylome at the Interface of Genetic and Environmental Risks for Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) | Prenatal Folate and ASD Risk: Gene-Environment Interactions in the CHARGE Study | Thinking Outside the Brain: Maternal Autoantibodies in Autism
Fall         “Environmental contributors to metabolic syndrome, obesity, and diabetes” - Presentations: Vitamin and mineral inadequacy accelerates aging-associated disease | DDT Exposure and Metabolic Syndrome | Exposomics of Diabetes | Host-Microbiome Interactions and Individual Susceptibility to Pesticide Exposures


Spring     “Emerging Issues in Green Chemistry” - Presentations: Intro to Green chemistry The Need for Safer Chemicals to Tox21 Efforts, and California's Green Chemistry Regulations | Six Classes of Chemicals of Concern, Green Chemistry, and Public Health | Case Studies in Greener Chemicals | A Systems Approach to Safer & More Sustainable Chemistry | Getting to Safer Alternatives: Why Decision-Making Structures Matter


Winter     “Climate Change and Health” - Presentations: Population Vulnerabilities for Climate Change Health Risks | Epidemiologic Studies of Heat-Associated Preterm Delivery and Emergency Room Visits | Climate Change and Global Health | Wildfire Smoke Exposure and Population Health
Spring     “Environmental and Genetic Risk Factors of Breast Cancer” - Presentations: Breast Cancer and the Environment: Prioritizing Prevention | The CYGNET Study: A Prospective Study of Environmental and Lifestyle Factors in Early Onset of Puberty in Girls | Why Would a Clinician Worry about the Environment? | Identifying Clinically Relevant Endpoints for in Vitro Carcinogenicity Testing
Fall         “Graduate/Post-Doctoral Student Forum” - Presentations: Exposure to Manganese from Agricultural Pesticide Use and Infant Neurodevelopment in the CHAMACOS Study | Follicular Lymphoma, the HLA Gene Region, and the Environment | Environmental Influences on the Immune System | Use of the nCounter System for the Analysis of Multiple RNA Expression Profiles in Peripheral Blood Mononuclear Cells | A Bioinformatic sequence-based approach to investigate interactions between human chromosome 15 duplication, the epigenome, and organic pollutants | Functional Genetic Screen in Human Haploid Cells to Identify Genes Involved in Susceptibility to Chemical Exposure


Spring     “Food Safety and Health in a Global Setting: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly” - Presentations: Traditional Analytical Approaches and New Challenges | Toxicity and Detection of Biothreat Toxins in Food: Botulinum Neurotoxins | Dietary Restriction and the Oxidative Stress Response | Plant Food Constituents That Inactivate Pathogens and Reduce Formation of Heterocyclic Amines | Regulated Imported Foods: FDA Food Safety Modernization Act


Spring     “Current Issues Related to Bisphenol A and Phthalates”
Fall         “Biomonitoring” - Presentations: Exposure Bimonitoring: Current Practice and Future Opportunities | Generations at Risk: Biomonitoring of Pregnant Women, Children, and Other Vulnerable Populations | When Pollution Gets Personal: Developing Results Communication Protocols in Biomonitoring Research with Input from Study Participants


Summer  “Epigenomics and Human Health
Fall          “Toxicological Challenges and Green Chemistry” - Presentations: Method Greenskeeping, People Against Dirty | Green Chemistry at the Local Level: Precautionary Policies to Reduce Toxic Chemicals | Information Needs in Green Chemistry & Chemicals Policy


Winter     “Children's Health--Protecting Our Future”- Presentations: Genetic Risk Factors for Childhood Leukemia | Melamine: Pet Food, Infant Formula, and More | Traffic, Asthma, and Lung Development-Living Near Busy Roads: What do the Health Studies Tell Us?
Summer  “Science and GETA in the Future”- Presentations: Biomarkers, Environment, and Children's Health | Epidemiologic Studies of Temperature and Mortality in California | Stem Cells: Toward Engineering Therapies of the Future | Health Effects of Inhaled Engineered and Incidental Nanoparticles
Fall         “Assault to Our Environment, or How to Prevent Them in the First Place


Spring     “Strategies to Predict QT Prolongation and Arrhythmias: Assessing hERG and Other Cardiac Ion Channels Early in Drug Development
Summer  “Chemicals...Chemicals...Everywhere! Evaluating the Potential Exposure to Chemicals in Consumer Products
Fall          “The Clinical Relevance of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Brain Imaging Research”


Winter     “Delaying (or Accelerating) Degenerative DIseases: DNA Damage
Spring     “Genetics and Environmental Risk Factors for Autistic Spectral Disorders” - Presentations: Autism | Asberger's Syndrome
Fall          “Environmental The New Generation of Contaminants That Could Affect the Bay: Flame Retardants, Pharmaceuticals, Perfluorinated Compounds” - Presentation: SFEI


Winter     “Health on the Brink of….Opportunity, Collapse, New Science What?  The 21st Century and Toxicology?
Spring     “Aging and Older Adults
Fall          “Green Chemistry: Coloring California Green” - Presentations: Green Buildings | Green Chemistry - Slides , Notes


Winter     “Marin County Breast Cancer Rate:  Myth and Reality
Spring     “Stem Cell Application in Pharmacology and Toxicology
Fall          “New Frontiers in Biotechnology Drug Development”


Winter     “Genetic and Environmental Clues in Parkinson’s Disease Research
Spring     “Ultrafine Particles and Nanomaterial – Common Toxicity Concerns
Fall          “Toxicity to the Developing Brain: Recent Research and Mechanisms of Effect


Winter     “Things that go Bump in the Night:  Tropical parasites and the Challenge of Tropical Disease”
Fall          “Infectious Diseases – From Discovery to Drug Development to Biodefense


Winter     “Pediatric AIDS Prevention in Zimbabwe
Spring     “Current Issues in DNA Repair: Models and Mechanisms
Fall          “Contemporary Issues in Human Health Assessment


Winter     “Human Xenobiotic Metabolism: Is Man a Rat?”
Spring     “The Promise of the Genomics Revolution
Fall          “Children’s Health – Issues in Assessing Impacts of Chemical Exposures


Winter     “Ethical Guidelines for Biotechnology”
Spring     “Inhalation Toxicology: The Impact of Environmental Exposure on Public Health”
Fall          “Contemporary Issues:  the Scientific Basis of Hexavalent Chromium Toxicity”


Spring     “Old Problems for a New Millennium: Controversial Issues in Human Exposure to Radiations and Chemicals”
Fall          “Epidemiology With a Local Angle


Winter     “Exercise, Estrogens and Breast Cancer”
Spring     “Progress on Model Genomes Human Genetic Polymorphisms: Susceptibility and Risk”
Fall          “Emerging Research on MTBE”


Winter     “Challenges of Gulf War Veterans Illnesses”
Spring     “Environmental Estrogens and Endocrine Disruptors”
Fall          “Fish & Chips: New Technologies in Toxicology and Epidemiology”


Winter     “Accelerator Mass Spectrometry: Applications in Toxicology and Pharmacology”
Summer   “The Human Genome Project” – and – “Recent Developments in Risk Assessment”
Fall          “Novel Approaches to Drug Discovery and Development” – and – “The Drug Development Process; from Concept to FDA Approval”


Winter     “Direct Sperm Injection into Eggs: New Hope for the infertile Couple”
Spring     “Forensic Toxicology and New Methods for Assessing Human Variability” - and – “Advances in the Assessment of Human Exposure, Susceptibility and Health Effects”
Fall          “Particulate Exposure and Health Effects: Epidemiology, Toxicology, and Cellular Mechanisms”


Spring     “Race, Poverty, and the Environment”
Summer   “Recent Advances in Cancer Genetics”
Fall          “Topics in Reproductive and Developmental Toxicology” – and – “Molecular Biology of DNA Repair”


Spring     “Innovation vs. Regulation”
Summer   “The Immune System: Biology and Toxicology”
Fall          “Genetic Toxicology and Regulatory Issues”




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