Overview

Purpose
The World Health Organization (WHO) has referred to the global arsenic drinking water problem as the largest mass poisoning in history. More than 150 million people across 70 nations consume drinking water with elevated concentrations of naturally occurring arsenic from well water. Arsenic contaminated water is a particular problem in South Asia, where for the most part, developing countries have not yet developed a feasible large-scale strategy for implementing an effective remediation strategy. During the past decade, Bangladesh, a severely affected country, has made considerable strides in providing low-arsenic water, largely through the installation of deep, low-arsenic community wells. The health and economic implications for the population have also been the topic of considerable study. However, in many regions of Southeast Asia, much less progress has occurred, largely due to a lack of focus and attention to the problem.

Columbia University scientists, in collaboration with many local partners, have been involved with both health effects and geochemistry/hydrology research in Bangladesh and Vietnam via our National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)-funded Superfund Research Program (CU SRP). Additionally, via funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and various non-governmental organizations, they have conducted geochemistry/hydrology research in Cambodia and Myanmar as well. Collectively, a group of collaborators from Columbia University, the Vietnam National Institute of Occupational and Environmental Health (NIOEH), the Vietnam Research Centre for Environmental Technology and Sustainable Development (CETASD), and the Chulabhorn Research Institute of Thailand (CRI) believe that the time has come for researchers, stakeholders, and government officials to convene to try to develop a set of regional mitigation strategies that could lead to a reduction in arsenic exposure and a decrease in the burden of related disease. With the support of NIEHS and these collaborating institutions, we seek to catalyze this international dialogue through a two-day symposium in Hanoi, Vietnam, to be held on November 2-3, 2017.

Agenda

Confirmed Speakers

Keynote Address
Her Royal Highness Princess Professor Dr. Chulabhorn Mahidol
President of the Chulabhorn Research Institute, Bangkok, Thailand

Plenary Speakers
Peter Ravenscroft, MSc, Hydrogeology, Noted Author, Independent Consultant will present Science and Practice: Lessons Learned from Arsenic Mitigation in Bangladesh and West Bengal.
Doan Ngoc Hai, MD, PhD, MBA, Director of National Institute of Occupational and Environmental Health, will present Prenatal Exposures to Groundwater Arsenic in Vietnam

Health Sciences

  1. Joseph Graziano, PhD, Professor of Environmental Health Sciences and Pharmacology, Director of the Columbia University Superfund Research Program will present Consequences of Exposure to Inorganic Arsenic on Children
  2. Mary Gamble, PhD, Associate Professor of Environmental Health Sciences, Columbia University will present Nutritional Influences on Arsenic Metabolism and Elimination
  3. Chin-Chi Kuo, MD, PhD, Kidney Institute and Division of Nephrology, Department of Internal Medicine, China Medical University Hospital and College of Medicine, China Medical University, Taichung, Taiwan will present The Association of Arsenic Metabolism with Cardiovascular Disease and Diabetes: A Systematic Review of the Epidemiological Evidence
  4. Craig Steinmaus, MD, MPH, Associate Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology, University of California Berkeley, School of Public Health and University of California, San Francisco, Occupational and Environmental Medicine will present Overview of Arsenic Exposure and Cancer

Earth Sciences

  1. Scott Fendorf, PhD, Professor of Soil Biogeochemistry, Department of Earth System Science, Stanford University and Senior Fellow, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment will present Arsenic Release and Transport in the Mekong River Delta
  2. Lenny Winkel, PhD, Professor of Inorganic Environmental Geochemistry, Department of Water Resources and Drinking Water, EAWAG (Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology), ETH Z├╝rich will present Geospatial Predictions of Heterogeneous Arsenic Groundwater Concentrations and Arsenic Exposures in the Irrawaddy River and China
  3. Kongkea Phan, PhD, Dean of the Faculty of Science and Technology, International University, Phnom Penh, Cambodia will present Quantifying Arsenic Exposure from Groundwater and Irrigated Rice in Cambodia.
  4. Pham Hung Viet, PhD, Director of the Research Centre for Environmental Technology and Sustainable Development (CETASD) and Pham Thi Kim Trang, PhD, Deputy Director of CETASD, Hanoi University of Science, Hanoi, Vietnam will present Sediment Age and Reactivity as an Indicator of Arsenic Contamination in the Red River, Vietnam.

Organizing Committee

Agenda

Organizing Committee

Prof. Nguyen Khac Hai
Senior Expert, National Institute of Occupational & Environmental Health (NIOEH)

Ms. Le Thai Ha
Head Department of Medical Testing and Environment Analysis
National Institute of Occupational & Environmental Health (NIOEH)

Doan Ngoc Hai, MD, MBA, PhD
Director General of National Institute of Occupational and Environmental Health (NIOEH)
WHO Collaborating Centre for Occupational Health

Pham T. Trang, PhD
Vice Director of Research Center for Environmental Technology and Sustainable Development (CETASD)
Hanoi University, Vietnam

Pham Hung Viet, PhD
Director of Research Center for Environmental Technology and Sustainable Development (CETASD)
Hanoi University, Vietnam

Benjamin Bostick, PhD
Lamont Associate Research Professor
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University

Joseph Graziano, PhD
Professor of Environmental Health Sciences And Pharmacology
Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University

Panida Navasumrit, PhD
Research Scientist at Laboratory of Environmental Toxicology
Chulabhorn Research Institute

William Suk, PhD, MPH
Chief, Hazardous Substances Research Branch
Director, Superfund Research Program
Division of Extramural Research and Training
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
National Institutes of Health

Registration

Registration

Deadline
The deadline for conference registration is October 25, 2017. Registration is capped at 100 participants.

Fees
$500 for registrants from developed countries
$100 for registrants from LMICs (low and middle-income countries)
$100 for students from developed countries
no charge for students from LMICs

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Abstract Submission

Abstracts are for student poster presentations only. Abstracts are due October 11, 2017. The poster session will be capped.

Travel

Visa requirements

A visa is required for most countries to enter Vietnam. This visa is easily obtainable in your host country or from a consulate or embassy (e.g. United States). It is also available for many countries on arrival using the following procedure: submit a request upon arrival online form for an e-visa (approx. 20 USD for single entry). Following this, they will give you an approval letter. At the visa desk, present your approval letter, passport and photograph and a fee of approx. 25 USD to the visa desk and you will be given a one month single entry visa.

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Airport

Hanoi Noi Bai International Airport is the only international airport in Hanoi and is easily accessible from many destinations.

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You can use Uber in Vietnam. Metered taxis are also readily available and cost about 15 to 20 USD to most hotels in the city.

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