National Academy of Sciences Workshop On “Advances in Causal Understanding for Risk Based Decision Making” Begins March 6

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National Academy of Sciences Workshop On “Advances in Causal Understanding for Risk Based Decision Making” Begins March 6

Solmaz Barazesh Spence, The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

Discuss the current thinking surrounding causal models, how novel approaches and tools are relevant for environmental health, and how they can be incorporated into the decision making process at a free National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine workshop on March 6-7 in Washington, DC and via webcast.

New molecular and bioinformatic approaches have advanced understanding of how molecular pathways are affected by exposure and the molecular networks involved in disease. However, these advances are often not yet deemed sufficient to establish causality for public health risk assessments; regulators still rely primarily on traditional apical endpoints, such as those endpoints observed in animal studies. The workshop will bring together environmental health experts, toxicologists, statisticians, sociologists, epidemiologists, and regulators to discuss these issues with experts from other fields that utilize different data streams for establishing causality in complex systems.

The workshop is part of the Emerging Science for Environmental Health Decisions series, sponsored by NIEHS.

The workshop is free and open to the public, but registration is required to attend.

A link to registration and more information about the workshop can be found on the Emerging Science for Environmental Health Decisions website: http://nas-sites.org/emergingscience

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