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Saturday, January 12, 2013

Burn Pit Illness to be Discussed at Medical Symposium

Anthony Szema, M.D., Program Chair

Medical problems caused by breathing dust, fumes and other and other toxic substances, by exposed  troops deployed in Iraq and Afghasitan, and those who worked for government contractors, will be discussed at an upcoming medical symposium. Some of the chemicals were very toxic carcinogens and are deadly.

2nd International Scientific Symposium on Lung Health after Deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan, Monday, 4 March 2013 

Program Objective: Understand hazards of envrionmental exposures in war settings of Iraq and Afghanistan 

8:00-8:30am Registration and Breakfast

8:30-8:35 Opening Remarks, Anthony Szema, M.D., Program Chair

8:35-8:40 2013 Update on U.S. Burn Pit Legislation, Congressman Tim Bishop, M.P.A.

8:40-9:00 Analysis of National Website Survey Data Regarding Soldiers’ Respiratory Medical Issues, George Paz, M.D., University of Rochester

9:00-9:20 NJH evaluation Algorithm of Veterans with Unexplained Dyspnea, ILD or Airflow Obstruction, A Clinician’s Perspective, Richard Meehan, M.D., National Jewish Health, University of Colorado, Co-Director Post Deployment Health Center of Excellence.

9:20-9:40 A Difficult Case from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Rachel Knipe, M.D., Harvard University

9:40-10:00 Micro X-ray Fluorescence at The National Synchrotron Light Source, Brookhaven National Laboratory, to Detect Metals and Minerals in Human Lung with Spatial Resolution, Antonio Lanzirotti, Ph.D., University of Chicago

10:00-10:20 BREAK

Reactive Oxygen Species from A549 Human Alveolar Epithelial Cells after Iraq and Afghanistan Dust Exposure, Poster presentation by Andrea Harrington, Ph.D., Stony Brook University

10:20-10:40 Microbiological Analyses of Dust from Iraq: Comparison to Dust from the Moon and Astronaut Asthma, Astronaut Finalist Captain Mark Lyles, D.M.D., Ph.D., M.A., U.S. Naval War College

10:40-11:00 Mouse Model of Iraq War Lung Injury Induces Immunosuppresion and Inflammation, Treatable with RUX, A Novel Organometallic Drug, Anthony Szema, M.D., Stony Brook University

11:00-11:20 Department of Veterans Affairs Policy and Activities Related to OEF/OIF/OND Airborne Hazards, Paul Ciminera, M.D., M.P.H., Director, Post-9/11 Era Environmental Health Program, Department of Veterans Affairs, Washington, D.C.

11:20-11:40 Risk Communication In Deployment-Related Exposure Concerns, Susan Santos, Ph.D., UMDNJ School of Public Health

11:40-12:00pm A History of The War Related Illness and Injury Study Center and its Studies on Post-Deployment Lung Health, Ron Teichman, M.D., M.P.H., FACP, FACOEM, Former Associate Director for Clinical Services, Educational and
Risk Communication, War Related Illness and Injury Study Center, VA New Jersey Health Care System, Editor of JOEM issue on Post-Deployment Respiratory Health

12:00-1:00 pm LUNCH

1:00-1:20 Soil Science: Wind Tunnel Studies from Iraq, Terry Sobecki, Ph.D., U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Engineer Research and Development Center Hanover, NH

1:20-1:40 Micro X-ray Fluorescence Techniques, Millicent Schmidt, Ph.D., Student, Stony Brook University

2:00-2:20 Chemical Analyses of Dust for Mineral, Metals, and Metalloids: The Emerging Field of Medical Geology, Martin Schoonen, Ph.D., Stony Brook University

2:20-2:40 Titanium Detection and Spatial Resolution in Lungs of Soldiers after Iraq Deployment, Using the National Synchrotron Light Source at Brookhaven National Laboratory, Richard Reeder, Ph.D., Stony Brook University 

2:40-3:20 BREAK

3:20-3:50 Screening of “Forever,” Documentary About Catastrophic Respiratory Illness After Deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan, Austin Wiggins, Cinematographer

3:50-4:00 Closing Ceremonies, Photos and Awards for Best Student and Fellow Abstracts Continuing Medical Education Credits The School of Medicine, State University of New York at Stony Brook, is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 

The School of Medicine, State University of New York at Stony Brook designates this live activity for a maximum of 5.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

For more information, including details on exhibiting at or registering for the symposium, contact Myra Intoci or 631-444-2094.

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