Air Pollution Harms Reproductive Health Scientific Meeting – June 1, 2019, Salt Lake City, UT

03/23/2018 by Campion Fund

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Meeting agenda and information regarding abstract submission follows:                                                               

Air Pollution Harms Reproductive Health

Saturday, June 1, 2019 Natural History Museum of Utah, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah

8:30AM: Poster set up

9:00 AM: Brief Opening Remarks:  Phyllis Leppert, MD, PhD, and Mark Leppert, PhD

9:10 AM: Opening Plenary: From Beijing to Rochester: Lessons learned about air pollution impacts on pregnancy outcomes and challenges for public health

David Q. Rich, ScD, MPH, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, Department of Public Health Sciences and Department of Environment

9:40 AM: Types of pollution: PM 2.5, PM 10, ozone, toxic chemicals:  what are the pollutants and what are the effects on humans?

Brian Moench, MD, President of Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment

10:00 AM: Neighborhood-scale air-quality in the Salt Lake City Air Shed

Kerry Kelly, PhD, University of Utah Department of Chemical Engineering, Associate Director, Utah Air Quality, Health and Society

10:10 AM: Effects of poor air quality on ovarian function

Sarah Berga, MD, University of Utah, Obstetrics and Gynecology and Director Utah Center for Reproductive Medicine

10:30 AM: Coffee Break

10:50 AM: Effects of air pollution on spermatogenesis

Douglas Carrell, PhD, University of Utah, Utah Center for Reproductive Medicine,

How air pollution affects sperm count and other parameters

11:20 AM: Studies on a novel epigenetic mechanism of intergenerational effects of air pollution using a mouse model

Qi Chen, PhD, University of Nevada Reno, Department of Physiology and Cell Biology

11:40 AM:  Environmental and gene interaction, effects of exposure on pregnancy outcomes

Amy Padula, PhD, MSc, UCSF, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment

12 Noon:  Impact of gestational month specific exposure to air pollution on birth weight

Junfeng Zhang, PhD, Duke University, Nicholas School of Environment,  Global and Environmental Health

12:20 – 1:30 PM: Lunch

1:30-2:30 PM: Poster Session

2:30 PM: The Geneva Steel Mill closure in Utah Valley study: health outcomes of preterm Infants and intergenerational effects

Michelle Debbink, MD, PhD, University of Utah, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Maternal-Fetal Medicine

2:50PM: Environmental effects on offspring: PM 2.5 and the developing brain

Judith T Zelikoff, PhD, New York University, Langone Medical School, Department of Environmental Medicine

3:10 PM: Exposome paradigm in reproductive studies: why it matters

Jeanette Stingone, MPH, PhD, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, Department of Epidemiology

3:30PM: Coffee Break

4:00 -5:00PM:  Public Session:  Why is air quality important to reproductive health? What can we do about it?

4 to 4:30 PM: Why poor air quality effects men’ s reproductive health or healthy sperm make healthy children

James M. Hotaling, MD, University of Utah, Utah Center for Reproductive Medicine

4:30 to 5:00 PM: Why air pollution harms women and why it negatively impacts reproductive health, pregnancy and pregnancy outcomes

Matthew Peterson, University of Utah, Utah Center for Reproductive Medicine

5:00 PM:  Visit the adjacent the Native Voices Gallery, an exhibit of art objects including cradle boards and children’s items crafted by members of all of Utah’s five Native Tribes. Representatives of the tribes will talk about childbearing and rearing customs and their thoughts on the importance of a healthy environment to the health of parents, infants and children

6:30PM -11:00PM: Gala Dinner

Call for Abstracts

Abstracts of scientific studies regarding the effects of poor air and environmental quality pertaining to all aspects of reproductive health, including but not limited to spermatogenesis, oogenesis, ovulation, embryology, fetal development, maternal health during and following pregnancy, outcomes of offspring at birth and later in adolescent and adult life and paternal health should be submitted by May 1, 2019 to Phyllis C. Leppert, MD, PhD at

Abstracts should be limited to 350 words and must include a concise statement of the rationale of the study, methods and statistics used, results and conclusions.  The scientific advisory and planning committee will review all abstracts and will notify the corresponding author of acceptance of the abstract by May 10, 2019.  A few selected abstracts will be chosen to be presented as short oral “lightening” presentations.  All other selected abstracts will be presented as posters.  All posters will be up on poster boards throughout the full day meeting.  There will be a one- hour poster session where the responsible scientist must be at the poster.

Scientific Advisory and Planning Committee:  Sarah Berga, MD, Professor and Director of the Utah Center for Reproductive Medicine,  University of Utah School of Medicine; Kirtly Jones, MD, Emerita Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology,  University of Utah School of Medicine; Mark Leppert, PhD,  Distinguished Emeritus Professor of Genetics University of Utah; Phyllis Leppert, MD, PhD, Professor Emerita of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Duke University School of Medicine


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