State Health Will Host "Science at Your Service" Lecture Series Beginning in April

ALBANY, April 12, 2007 – State Health Commissioner Richard F. Daines, M.D., today announced that the State Health Department will recognize the groundbreaking work of Wadsworth Center's public health scientists by hosting a lecture series about food and waterborne disease outbreaks, human exposure to secondhand smoke, toxic metals and other environmental threats and newborn screening.

The series "Science at Your Service" will be held at Wadsworth's David Axelrod Institute, 120 New Scotland Avenue, Albany. The lectures are free and will begin at 7 p.m.; seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and photo identification will be required. Topics include the following:

April 19 – Food Fight: Defending Dinner Against Microbes

Dr. Robyn Atkinson, learn about the role of public health microbiology in food safety; how classic and contemporary methods to detect and identify pathogens, along with participation in a nationwide network of food laboratories, protect citizens and their food supply.

April 26 – Newborn Screening: Oh Baby, How Do You Do?

Dr. Michele Caggana, a few drops of blood from a baby's heel reveal a wealth of health information, creating an opportunity to save lives or diminish the effects of inherited disorders. Screening New York's 250,000 newborns for more than 40 diseases is the state's largest public health testing program.

May 3 – Legacy of Lead: Preventing Childhood Lead Poisoning

Dr. Patrick Parsons, lead leaves a toxic and enduring legacy in the environment. Understand the nature of this chemical element, why the children are more susceptible to its harmful effects, and how laboratory tests monitor human exposure to lead and other toxic metals.

May 10 – Biomonitoring: Taking Environmental Exposures Personally

Dr. Kenneth Aldous, chemicals are woven into the very fabric of modern life. Discover how biomonitoring provides unique personal exposure information by measuring suspect chemicals, such as those in tobacco smoke, directly in human specimens.

May 17 – Water, Water Everywhere: But is it Safe to Drink?

Dr. Ellen Braun-Howland, learn about historic and current waterborne disease outbreaks and how new indicators of microbial contamination and improved laboratory methods can detect disease-causing microbes in recreational and drinking waters.

The lecture series will illustrate the synergy between basic research and public health, and how public health science serves citizens by applying the latest scientific information to community health concerns. This is the 13th year that the Department's Wadsworth Center laboratories have presented free science lectures.

For more information, about the lecture series please visit: www.wadsworth.org/educate/lecture_series/2007.shtml