Twenty-fourth International Neurotoxicology Conference

Twenty-fourth International Neurotoxicology Conference

NeuroToxicology 29 (2008) 753–754 Contents lists available at ScienceDirect NeuroToxicology Meeting Report Twenty-fourth International Neurotoxico...

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NeuroToxicology 29 (2008) 753–754

Contents lists available at ScienceDirect

NeuroToxicology

Meeting Report

Twenty-fourth International Neurotoxicology Conference ‘‘Environmental Etiologies of Neurological Disorders: Modifiers of Risk’’

Overview. The 24th meeting in the International Neurotoxicology Conference Series (NEUROTOX 24) was held November 11–14, 2007 at the Holiday Inn Riverwalk Hotel & Conference Center in San Antonio, Texas, USA. Approximately 225 people from academia, government, industry, private foundations and the public originating from thirteen different countries participated. The 2007 conference focused on the theme of Environmental Etiologies of Neurological Disorders: Modifiers of Risk. Scope of the conference. Toxicant-induced cognitive disorders, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, autism spectrum disorder and ADHD were a focus throughout the conference. Data from animal models and studies of humans exposed to lead, mercury, pesticides or PCBs comprised the major case studies with which NEUROTOX 24 explored ‘‘modifiers’’ of clinical outcome. For each of these disease-toxicant categories human and animal model data was presented to elucidate modifiers of toxic effect including: genetic susceptibility, age, gender, nutrition, extended environment (social/political/economic), and simultaneous chemical exposures. Within each plenary session devoted to a specific disease-toxicant-modifier, speakers and topics were selected to incorporate the following research approaches: Translational, integrated, multifactorial, interdisciplinary, and clinician/community outreach. Other contemporary issues in neurotoxicology were featured as well. These included sessions on proposed mechanisms for neurotoxicant-linked neurodegenerative disease, risk assessment strategies, public health and policy, design and interpretation of epidemiological studies for assessing risk and open sessions for talks and poster presentations selected from submitted abstracts and Symposium proposals. The complete program, sponsors, organizers, and student award winners are published in this issue of NeuroToxicology, Vol. 29, No. 5, 2008. Sponsors/contributors/educational partners: The generous support of those who made this international conference possible is gratefully acknowledged: sponsors: diamond level – National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences/NIH (1U13 ES01651501); Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute (EOHSI)/UMDNJ & Rutgers; platinum level – Autism Society of America; Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry; Autism Speaks; US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA); March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation; gold level – Charles River DDS – Argus Division; Elsevier Publishers; The John Merck Fund; Toxipedia; silver level – The Academy of Toxicological Sciences;

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Arkansas Children’s Hospital; Center for Toxicology and Environmental Health; The Hamner Institutes for Health Sciences; Institute for Children’s Environmental Health; Institute of Neurotoxicology and Neurological Disorders; Morris Cranmer; Society of Toxicology. Educational partners – University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences; University of Texas Health Sciences Center at San Antonio; The Sam and Ann Barshop Institute; VA Research and Development. Scientific advisory committee/session chairpersons: I especially would like to recognize the Scientific Advisory Committee and Session Chairpersons for their expert advice and assistance in either outlining the research program, identifying world-wide experts, formulating topics for discussion, serving as stimulating session chairs and/or delivering a well-prepared plenary or research presentation. Special thanks go to Drs. Deborah Cory-Slechta, Donato Di Monte, David Dorman, Richard M. LoPachin, Donna Mergler, Isaac Pessah, Deborah Rice, Jason Richardson, Richard Seegal, Evelyn Tiffany-Castiglioni, and Bernard Weiss. Conference staff and editorial assistant: On behalf of all conference participants I extend my heartfelt thanks and appreciation to the talented individuals who worked diligently before, during and after this meeting to insure that everything ran smoothly and all details were attended to. These dedicated and hard-working individuals are Leslie Lang Hicks (Conference Administrator), Jackie Jagers (Associate Director of Continuing Medical Education), and Alycia Buford-Penn. Student awards. Special emphasis was placed on nurturing, recognizing and rewarding pre- and post-doctoral students and young investigators. Seventeen poster abstracts were entered in the Student Award Competition. Abstracts were divided into two groups by category with 5 posters in the post-doctoral group and 12 in the pre-doctoral group. Each group was judged separately. A first place winner was selected from the postdoctoral group and first, second and third place winners were chosen from the pre-doctoral group. A total of four students received awards as follows: 1st place winners received an engraved award plaque, $500.00, a 1-year subscription to NeuroToxicology provided by Elsevier, and the peer-reviewed Special Issue from the 23rd International Neurotoxicology Conference entitled: Neurotoxicity in Development and Aging. The 2nd place winner received a certificate, $300.00, a 1-year subscription to NeuroToxicology provided by Elsevier, and the Special Issue from the 23rd International Neurotoxicology

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Conference entitled: Neurotoxicity in Development and Aging. The 3rd place winner received a certificate, $200.00, a 1-year subscription to NeuroToxicology provided by Elsevier, and the Special Issue from the 23rd International Neurotoxicology Conference entitled: Neurotoxicity in Development and Aging. All participants were enriched by the close networking and collegial atmosphere among students, judges, poster presenters and conference attendees. Judges for post-doctoral and pre-doctoral awards. Dr. Jason Richardson did an outstanding job as the overall organizer and chair of the Student Award competition. There were two sets of specialty judges for the two different categories so competition was even for all students. The judges for the two groups were as follows: the Post-doctoral Award Committee: Drs. Kenneth Reuhl (chair), Randy LoPachin and Kevin Crofton; the PreDoctoral Award Committee was broken into three sub-groups: (1) Drs. Merle Paule (co-chair), Pam Lein, and Darryl Hood. (2) Anumantha Kanthasamy (co-chair), Mona Thiruchelvam and Richard Nass. (3) Gary Miller (co-chair), Syed Imam, Nikolay Filipov. Thanks to the judges for their expert efforts on behalf of the students! Post-Doctoral and Pre-Doctoral Student Award Winners Post-doctoral competition Post-Doctoral Award Winner: Jesse Rodriguez, PhD – Title: ‘‘The Effects of Methylphenidate on Rhesus Monkey Performance in an Operant Test Battery.’’ Mentor: Merle Paule, PhD, National Center for Toxicological Research, Jefferson, Arkansas.

Pre-doctoral competition Pre-Doctoral Award 1st Place Winner: Daniel Braunschweig – Title: ‘‘Autism: Maternally Derived Antibodies Specific for Fetal Brain Proteins.’’ Mentor: Judy Van de Water, PhD, University of California, Davis, Davis, California. Pre-Doctoral Award 2nd Place Winner: Chia-Jung Hsieh – Title: ‘‘Cotinine in Umbilical Cord Blood, Genetic Polymorphisms, and Neurodevelopment at the Age of Two Years.’’ Mentor: Pau-Chung Chen, PhD, National Taiwan University College of Public Health, Taipei, Taiwan. Pre-Doctoral Award 3rd Place Winner: Angela J. Monahan – Title: ‘‘Prenatal LPS Exposure Alters the Fate of Developing Dopamine Projections.’’ Mentor: Paul Carvey, PhD, Rush University, Chicago, Illinois. Congratulations to all the winners! View their pictures on the following pages! Joan Marie Cranmer* Department of Pediatrics, and Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, College of Medicine, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, 800 Marshall, Little Rock, AR 72202, USA *Tel.: +1 5013642986; fax: +1 5013644978 E-mail address: [email protected] Available online 11 September 2008