Conference Objectives and Theme

This conference will deal with health issues relating to pesticide exposure in the home, school, worksite and in public health situations. The goal is to bring together occupational and environmental health researchers, educators, health care providers and related specialists in order to exchange up-to-date information, foster collaborations, and create a forum for addressing some of the problems that exist. This meeting will be further strengthened by participation of individuals from diverse specialties and representatives from both governmental and non-governmental organizations. For the purpose of this conference, we are using the United States Environmental Protection Agency definition of pesticide as "any substance or mixture of substances intended for preventing, destroying, repelling or mitigating any insects, rodents, nematodes, fungi, weeds or any other forms of life declared to be pests".

The first three days will be a general conference with keynote speaker, oral and poster presentations, and panel discussions. This part will be followed by a two-day workshop on medical guidelines for health care providers. These guidelines will address chronic health effects attributed to pesticides and medical monitoring for workers exposed to pesticides.

For the three day conference, the primary areas of interest for presentations and posters are:

Conference proceedings and a directory of participants with contact information and description of expertise and/or area of interest will be produced to further encourage collaborations and consultations among conference attendees. Furthermore, the medical guidelines presentations will be included in the proceeding and used as the basis of a text on chronic health effects associated with pesticides and worker monitoring.

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