State of the Science Workshop to Discuss Environmental Health and Protection: Personalized Tools to Support Potential and Actual Health Hazards in the Megacity Operational Environment
The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory Laurel United States
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To provide a forum to explore recent scientific advances in understanding several issues related to the development of health risk assessment and surveillance tools in the operational environment OE, The Environmental Health Program EHP at the U.S. Army Center for Environmental Health Research USACEHR, in collaboration with the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory JHUAPL, conducted a two-day workshop held at Fort Detrick, Maryland on 27 - 28 October 2015.The workshop brought together stakeholders, end users, and multidisciplinary subject matter experts SMEs, including academic researchers, physicians, and military operational medicine MOM personnel, to convene on the current science behind prevention, treatment, and delivery of operational medicine associated with occupational health hazards. This provided a forum for participants to interact, share experiences and insight, and to help advance the knowledgebase for potential improvements and appropriate decision making at every level, in order to guide the development of strategic plans and direction for research initiatives.The JHUAPL has been tasked to assist USACEHR in developing strategic plans and direction for environmental health research initiatives. A first step towards achieving this goal was to co-lead a strategic direction workshop that focused on the following three overarching themessessions 1. Critical evaluation of realistic, abundant, and probable chemical threats in the megacity OE 2. The use of far-forward diagnostics in non-agent toxic industrial chemical and materials TICTIM exposure scenarios and biomarker identification 3. Personalized medicine solutions for environmental health and protection.