June 14-19, 2015   D-Day 833
Program
Plenary
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Mercury and human health: are we making progress on understanding the impacts of mercury on humans?
Mercury is a persistent, toxic and bio accumulative heavy metal derived from both natural sources and human activity. Recently, many studies have reported that health outcome corresponds with mercury exposures and there has been considerable research on the effects of Hg exposure on fetuses and infant health. Mercury enters the fetus’ body through the blood-brain-barrier and the placenta. Therefore, the fetus is very susceptible to mercury exposure during organogenesis, a fact that has drawn great attention toward women’s health issues worldwide. Previous studies have reported that mercury level is associated with low birth weight, delayed neurodevelopment, and growth and development of children. Suboptimal fetal growth has been adversely associated with neurodevelopment in childhood and it has even shown an increased risk of chronic diseases in adulthood, such as metabolic syndrome. Both positive and inverse associations between mercury level and children’s health outcomes have been reported in birth cohort studies. Previous studies on the association between mercury exposure and human health have some discrepancies, that still hinders the progress about understanding the impacts of mercury on humans. Therefore, this plenary session will present and discuss about scientific researches of mercury and human health for understanding the impacts of mercury on humans.
  • Moderator

    Laurie CHAN

    Position:
    Professor, Faculty of Science, University of Ottawa, Canada
    Research Area:
    Mercury toxicogenomics; Risk and benefit assessment of seafood consumption; Mercury and nutrient interactions; Mercury and environmental health in the Arctic
  • Main Speaker

    Eunhee HA

    Position:
    Professor, School of Medicine, Ewha Womans University, Korea
    Research Area:
    Mothers and Children’s Environmental Health through Birth cohort study Mercury and health effects on pregnant women and infants PM 10 and pregnancy outcome and children’s health
  • Panelist

    Mineshi SAKAMOTO

    Position:
    Director, Department of Environmental Science and Epidemiology, National Institute for Minamata Disease, Japan
    Research Area:
    Biomonitoring, exposure assessment of methylmercury and other heavy metals especially during prenatal period
  • Panelist

    Stephen
    BOSE-O’REILY

    Position:
    Professor, Institute and Outpatient Clinic for Occupational, Social and Environmental Medicine,University Hospital Munich, Germany
    Research Area:
    Health assessment of mercury especially in mining area; mercury intoxication

  • Panelist

    Nil BASU

    Position:
    Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Environmental Health Sciences
    Research Area:
    Take ecosystem approach to community, occupational, and environmental health whereby evidence is collected, scrutinized, and compared from both humans and ecological organisms
  • Panelist

    Emeir McSORLEY

    Position:
    Senior Lecturer in Human Nutrition, School of Biomedical Sciences, Ulster University, Northern Ireland
    Research Area:
    Maternal fish consumption, prenatal mercury exposure and child development; nutrition during pregnancy; nutrition and immune function
  • Panelist

    Jose DOREA

    Position:
    Professor Emeritus, University of Brasília, Brazil
    Research Area:
    Biomonitoring, maternal and infant exposure to ethyl- and methylmercury, and other neurotoxicants