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Through the Cacophony: Enabling Improved Public Health

Solomon, Gina MD, MPH

doi: 10.1097/01.ede.0000339549.57375.9d
Abstracts: ISEE 20th Annual Conference, Pasadena, California, October 12–16, 2008: Plenary Sessions

Senior Scientist, Natural Resources Defense Council.

Abstracts published in Epidemiology have been reviewed by the organizations of Epidemiology. Affliate Societies at whose meetings the abstracts have been accepted for presentation. These abstracts have not undergone review by the Editorial Board of Epidemiology.


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The fundamental purpose of environmental health research is to provide information so that people can make better choices about their health and the environment, and to provide a scientific basis for improved public policy. Scientists and public policy experts are generally focused either on investigating environmental agents, or on investigating diseases. Connecting the ends of the exposure-disease spectrum is the ‘holy grail’ of environmental health research. New scientific tools that better connect “upstream” markers of exposure and biological perturbations with “downstream” health effects are a key area of investigation. Yet these new tools must be deployed on the foundation of a strong public health system.

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