NIH News Advisory
NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH
National Institute of
Environmental Health Sciences

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, February 9, 2001
NIEHS CONTACT: Bill Grigg
(301) 402-3512, (301) 496-3512

Special Session Planned at Society of Toxicology Meeting On the Role of the Environment in Parkinson's Disease

While the causes of Parkinson's Disease are not known, recent experimental and epidemiological evidence of interactions between environmental exposures and genetic susceptibility will be presented by speakers at a special session of the annual Society of Toxicology meeting at the Moscone Convention Center, San Francisco, March 29 from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Program Agenda:

Introduction and Welcome, Kenneth Olden, Director, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

Overview: The Role of the Environment in PD, William Langston, President, Parkinson's Institute

Challenges Identifying Genetic Markers for Susceptibility to Environmental Risk Factors, Harvey Checkoway, University of Washington

Environmental Determinants of PD: Studies in Human Populations, Caroline Tanner, Parkinson's Institute

The Pesticide Rotenone and PD, J. Timothy Greenamyre, Emory University

The Combined Effects of Agrichemicals on the Risk of PD, Deborah Cory-Slechta, University of Rochester

Interactions Between Alpha Synuclein and Environmental Agents, Donato Di Monte, Parkinson's Institute

Discussion of Future Research Opportunities, William Langston - moderator

Session Chair: Kenneth Olden (NIEHS) and Co-Chair: David P. Brown (NIEHS)