Group discussion

On Tuesday, July 18, the Philadelphia Regional Center for Children’s Environmental Health hosted its second annual Symposium.  The goal of the Symposium was to bring together researchers, non-profit organizations, government agencies and the public to learn about the latest studies, experiments and programs focused on improving child health.  Watch two of the presentations below.

More than 50 attendees, in person and online, heard from 10 speakers including:

  • Inkyu Han, PhD, Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Temple University: Personal Air Exposure to VOCs Among Hispanic Domestic Cleaners in South Texas
  • Thomas Gluodenis, PhD, Associate Professor of Chemistry and Physics, and Zechariah Stephens of the Lincoln University of PA: Chemical Exposure and 3-D Printing Study
  • Amy Bleakley, PhD, MPH, Professor of Communication, University of Delaware: Developing theory-based health messaging for behavior change
  • Yu-Chin Lien, PhD, Research Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Pennsylvania: Race and sex differences in the function of mid-gestation human placenta: an implication from metabolomics and transcriptomics analyses
  • Kristen Lyall, ScD, Associate Professor, and Marisa Patti, PhD, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, AJ Drexel Autism Institute, Drexel University: Examining and communicating the role of neighborhood and diet in the study of endocrine disrupting chemicals and child neurodevelopment: Preliminary results from a pilot project
  • Mary Regina Boland, MA, MPhil, PhD, FAMIA, Assistant Professor of Informatics in Biostatistics and Epidemiology, University of Pennsylvania: Investigating the Effects of Hormonal Modulators in Hydraulic Fracturing Fluid Chemicals on Adverse Birth Outcomes in the US
  • Erica Korb, PhD, Assistant Professor of Genetics, University of Pennsylvania: Gene-environment interactions underlying neurodevelopmental disorders
  • James D. Rebarchak, Environmental Program Manager, Air Quality Program, PA Department of Environmental Protection
  • Rosemarie Halt, RPh. MPH., Health Policy Consultant, Children First PA
  • Hope Grosse and Joanne Stanton, Buxmont Coalition for Safe Water


Following the presentations, the group held an hour long discussion on potential partnerships, areas of focus and barriers that exist in the field of children’s environmental health.







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