DESCRIPTION: This conference support grant requests $25,000, $18,000 of
which will support travel costs for approximately 21 participant presenters
for an international conference to be held August 15-18, 1998 at the Park
Plaza hotel in Boston, MA. The theme of the conference is "Connecting with
the Community in Environmental Health Studies." This is the 10th
international meeting of the International Society for Environmental
Epidemiology (ISEE) and the eighth for the International Society of Exposure
Analysis (ISEA). These organizations have conducted joint conferences in
the past. Approximately 600 participants, primarily from North America, are
The theme of the conference reflects the need for the scientists conducting
exposure assessments and community environmental health studies to involve
and address the needs articulated by residents of affected communities. The
conference will explore the challenges and opportunities to achieve a better
dialog between researchers and the public. Special symposia will address
ways to involve the community in studying environmental causes of breast
cancer, the effects of radiation exposure, neurobehavioral effects, exposure
to indoor and outdoor air pollution, and similar topics. Community
residents from affected communities in the U.S. and other countries will be
specifically invited. Additional sessions will address global climate
change, endocrine disrupting chemical exposures, children's environmental
health issues, water quality and health, and epidemiologic and exposure
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