President's Cancer Panel Came to Harvard Law School September 21, 2010

Reducing Environmental Cancer Risk in the Face of Uncertainty: A Conversation about the President’s Cancer Panel Report

Location: John Chipman Gray Room, 2nd floor, Pound Hall, Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA

A conversation with Dr. Margaret Kripke, of the President’s Cancer Panel, about the Panel’s groundbreaking report, Reducing Environmental Cancer Risk, What We Can Do Now. Learn about how the Panel selected this controversial topic, evaluated the evidence, and reached its conclusions and recommendations in the face of scientific uncertainty. This is an exciting opportunity for advocates, researchers, policy makers, public health officials, health care providers, and members of the public to come together to continue the lively discussion the report has generated and explore opportunities to apply the Panel’s recommendations.

The report marks the first time the Panel—a group of advisors charged with monitoring the National Cancer Program—has addressed environmental factors. It highlights the urgent need to consider environmental factors as part of a comprehensive cancer prevention strategy, and calls for increased attention to the unequal burden of exposure to known and suspected carcinogens. In a letter to President Obama the Panel states, "our Nation still has much work ahead to identify the many existing but unrecognized environmental carcinogens and eliminate those that are known from our workplaces, schools, and homes."

The forum is free and open to the public. It is co-hosted by Harvard Law School’s Emmett Environmental Law and Policy Clinic, Silent Spring Institute, Brown University, the University of California at Berkeley, and Commonweal. The event is part of the Personal Exposure Report-back Ethics (PERE) Study funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.

Featured speaker: Margaret L. Kripke, Ph.D., is Professor of Immunology and Vivian Smith Chair Emerita, at The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. Dr. Kripke earned her Ph.D. in Immunology at the University of California, Berkeley in 1970. Dr. Kripke's research interests center on the immunology of the skin and skin cancer, how skin immune function is modified by exposure to ultraviolet light, and how the immune system influences the development of skin cancers. Dr. Kripke is a member of many professional organizations and has received numerous awards for her research contributions. In 2003, she was appointed by President Bush as a member of the 3-person President’s Cancer Panel, a group that advises the President on the status and needs of the National Cancer Program and continues in this role today. Currently, she serves as a member of the External Advisory Board for the Southwest Biomedical Research Institute in San Antonio, the Advisory Committee of the Livestrong Survivorship Centers of Excellence, and Boards of Directors for 3 non-profit organizations in Houston.

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