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2017 Fall Forum: Health and the Environment in North Carolina

Duke University Environmental Health Scholars Program


November 30-December 1, 2017


Durham, North Carolina
21C Museum Hotel

Mission Statement
Creative experts making great ideas happen.

The Forum will create functional interactions to bring about changes in the environment, make new connections both in the community and political front, find consensus and bring about a change in policies, and help make a change in the daily lives of North Carolina residents who are affected by adverse environmental factors.

Details of the 2016 Fall Forum

Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations’ (CAFOs) Effects on North Carolina

As global meat consumption continues to increase, so do concerns about the impacts of intensive production of livestock, from antibiotic resistance and community health to emissions of greenhouse gases that contribute to global climate change. This session will examine the emerging science and the potential for changes in production and waste management practices to mitigate harm.

Cancer and the Environment

There is a long-standing concern for the role of environmental factors including chemical exposures in human cancers. However, establishing cause-effect relationships is difficult due to the complexity of the disease and exposures, and lag times between exposures and the appearance of disease. This session will explore this issue in the contexts of the potential roles of flame retardant exposures in thyroid cancer, and environmental factors in relation to inflammatory breast cancer. In addition, an overview of the topic emphasizing concerns in North Carolina will be presented.

Sources, Impacts and Abatement of Lead Hazards in North Carolina

This session will bring together scientists, non-profit leaders, regulators, and policy-makers who are involved in the effort to uncover the sources of lead contamination and develop solutions to protect the most vulnerable populations against this threat. The session will focus on impacts and solutions in North Carolina, but will involve discussion of successful efforts and lessons learned from other states.

Conference Schedule

1:15 pm - 2:00 pm

Registration/ Snacks

2:00 pm - 2:15 pm

Forum Opening Remarks

H. Kim Lyerly
M.D., Duke University School of Medicine

2:15 pm - 2:55 pm

Novel Population Studies Linking CAFOs to Health Effects in North Carolina

Julia Kravchenko
M.D., Ph.D., Duke University School of Medicine

2:55 pm - 3:35 pm

Policies Regarding Environmental Hazards and CAFOs in North Carolina

Elizabeth Haddix
M.D., Ph.D., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

3:35 pm - 4:15 pm

Next Generation Modeling of Omics, Exposures and Social Determinants in Health Inequities

Terry Hyslop
Ph.D., Duke University

4:15 pm - 5:00 pm

Panel Discussion: Community Actions to Correct Environmental Hazards

Bill Ross
J.D., Brooks, Pierce LLP

David Baker
Community Against Pollution

Ken Cook
M.S., Environmental Working Group

4:45 pm


8:00 am - 9:00 am

Registration/Continental Breakfast

9:00 am - 10:00 am

Flame Retardants and Thyroid Cancer

Heather Stapleton
Ph.D., Duke University Nicholas School of the Environment

Julie Ann Sosa
M.D., M.A., Duke University School of Medicine

10:00 am - 10:15 am


10:15 am - 11:05 am

Environmental Exposome and Progression of Locally Advanced Breast Cancers

Gayathri Devi
M.Sc., Ph.D., Duke University School of Medicine

11:05 am - 12:00 pm

Cancer Deaths and the Environment in North Carolina

H. Kim Lyerly
M.D., Duke University School of Medicine

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


1:00 pm - 1:20 pm

Impact of Lead on Children in North Carolina: Tracking and Abatement of Blood Lead Levels

Thomas Vitaglione
M.P.H., NC Child

1:20 pm - 1:40 pm

Using a Geographic Information System to Screen for Sources of Lead Soil Contamination and Promote Informed Decision-making

Bryan Luukinen
M.S.P.H., Duke University Superfund Research Center

1:40 pm - 2:00 pm

Developing and Implementing a Program to Test Drinking Water for Lead Contamination in North Carolina’s Childcare Centers

Jennifer Hoponick-Redmon
M.S.E.S., M.P.A., RTI International

2:00 pm - 2:20 pm

Working to Eliminate Lead-based Paint Hazards in Maryland’s Rental Housing

Ruth Ann Norton
Green and Healthy Homes Initiative

2:20 pm - 2:40 pm

Spices and Medicinal Imports as a Source of Lead

Kim Gaetz
M.S.P.H., Ph.D., North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services

2:40 pm - 2:55 pm


2:55 pm - 3:15 pm

Case Study of the Lead and Copper Rule

Mae Wu
J.D., M.Phil., Natural Resources Defense Council

3:15 pm - 3:35 pm

Developing Legislation to Prevent Lead Hazards in North Carolina: Housing, Drinking Water and Blood Lead Action Level

Duke School of Law Environmental Law and Policy Clinic Students

3:35 pm - 4:10 pm

Panel Discussion

Michelle Nowlin
J.D., M.A., Duke University School of Law

and Duke School of Law Environmental Law and Policy Clinic Students

4:10 pm - 4:15 pm


H. Kim Lyerly
M.D., Duke University School of Medicine

4:15 pm



Pricing & Registration

Seating is limited so register early!

Free Parking. Details to be provided.

No Charge

Students, College/University faculty, Government employees

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General Public

A nominal Attendance Fee will be charged to cover the cost of meals. A limited number of Attendance Fee scholarships will be available to community action group members.

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Sponsors & Partners

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Location and Venue


21C Museum Hotel Durham

Located in the heart of downtown Durham and occupying the historic Hill Building, 21c Museum Hotel Durham is a 125-room boutique hotel, contemporary art museum, cultural civic center, and home to Counting House restaurant. As North America’s first museum devoted solely to art of the 21st century, 21c Museum Hotel is committed to featuring a rotating program of thought-provoking solo and group exhibitions that reflect the global nature of art today, as well as site-specific, commissioned installations.

21C Museum Hotel Durham

Conference Location

21C Museum Hotel,
111 North Corcoran Street,

Durham, NC 27701