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

Tentative Schedule

Thursday, November 2nd

Session 1: Plenary Session
Co-Chairs of the Session: Joseph Graziano, PhD (USA); Doan Ngoc Hai, MD, PhD, MBA (Vietnam)
9:00 AM Her Royal Highness Princess Professor Dr. Chulabhorn Mahidol, President of the Chulabhorn Research Institute, Bangkok, Thailand
9:45 AM Peter Ravenscroft, MSc, Hydrogeology, Noted Author, Independent Consultant will present Science and Practice: Lessons Learned from Arsenic Mitigation in Bangladesh and West Bengal
10:30 AM Doan Ngoc Hai, MD, PhD, MBA, Director of National Institute of Occupational and Environmental Health, will present Prenatal Exposures to Groundwater Arsenic in Vietnam
11:15 AM Benjamin Bostick, PhD, Integrated Biogeochemical Studies of Groundwater Arsenic Contamination in the Red River Delta, Vietnam
12:00 PM Discussion
12:15 PM Lunch
Session 2: Health Effects and Geochemistry of Arsenic I
Co-Chairs of the Session: Mathuros Ruchiriwat, PhD (Thailand); William Suk, PhD (USA)
1:00 PM 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
1:45 PM 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 Zürich will present Geospatial Predictions of Heterogeneous Arsenic Groundwater Concentrations and Arsenic Exposures in the Irrawaddy River and China
2:30 PM 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
3:45 PM 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
4:30 PM Open Discussion
5:00 PM End of Session
Session 3: Student Poster Session, 5:30-7:00 PM

Friday, November 3rd

Session 4: Health Effects and Geochemistry of Arsenic II
Co-Chairs of the Session: Pham Trang, PhD (Vietnam); Ben Bostick, PhD (USA)
9:00 AM 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
9:45 AM Nguyen Thu Ha, PhD, MD, will present Study on the Effect of Arsenic Exposure on Mental Health in children in Hanam
10:30 AM 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’s Neuropsychological Development in Bangladesh and the United States
11:15 AM Tran Van Khoa, PhD, will present Chromosomal Aberrations in Infants Exposed to Prenatal Arsenic in Ha Nam
12:00 PM Discussion
12:30 PM Lunch
Session 5: Health Effects and Geochemistry of Arsenic III
Co-Chairs of the Session: Peter Ravenscroft, PhD (United Kingdom); Danielle Carlin, PhD (USA)
1:30 PM Mary Gamble, PhD, Associate Professor of Environmental Health Sciences, Columbia University will present Nutritional Influences on Arsenic Metabolism and Elimination
2:15 PM Pham Hung Viet, PhD, Director of the Research Centre for Environmental Technology and Sustainable Development (CETASD) will present Sediment Age and Reactivity as an Indicator of Arsenic Contamination in the Red River, Vietnam
3:00 PM Le thai Ha, PhD, will present Environmental and Health Risk Assessment of Arsenic in a Wastewater-Fed Fish Pod in Hoang Mai, Hanoi, Vietnam
3:45 PM Anh Viet Hoang, PhD, will present Arsenic Contamination in Groundwater and Removal by Low Cost Absorbents: A Case Study in Ha Noi City, Viet Nam
4:00 PM Panel Discussion: Lessons Learned that Will Facilitate a Reduction in Arsenic Exposure in Southeast Asia
Discussants: Peter Ravenscroft, PhD, Ben Bostick, PhD, Craig Steinmaus, MD, MPH, Pham Trang PhD, Danielle Carlin, PhD, Kongkea Phan, PhD
4:45 PM Closing Remarks
5:00 PM Adjourn

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

Agenda

Nguyen Thu Ha, PhD, MD

National Institute of Occupational & Environmental Health, Hanoi, Vietnam

Dr. Nguyen Thu Ha is principal researcher of the National Institute of Occupational and Environmental Health (NIOEH), WHO Collaborating Center for occupational Health in Vietnam. She is a head of Dep. Psychology- Physiology of Work and Ergonomics. She became a Medical Doctor in 1993; has a Master Diploma in Preventive Medicine from Hanoi Medical University in 2003 and received a PhD Diploma in Occupational Health in 2012. During 24 years of working experiences in Occupational and Environmental Health field, she has been a project manager and involved in approximately 20 projects at different levels. The main topics of her researches are Ergonomics, Psycho-physiology of work, Climate Change, HeatWave, environment pollution and public health with published 40 articles.

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.

For accepted abstracts

Poster printing guidelines: Email here with an attachment of your poster presentation at least 2 days before (October 31st). Posters will be printed on site.
Poster dimensions: 36 in. x 48 in.

Travel

Field Trip

There will be an optional field trip to Ha Long Bay the two days following the conference. It will leave by chartered bus in the morning of November 4th to travel to Ha Long Bay, where we will charter a small ship for an overnight trip in the islands. We expect to charter the entire ship so our group will be the only one on the boat. We expect costs to be approximately $100 per person, including all meals and transportation, though the costs will only be finalized once we have a final count of participants. More than 20 have expressed interest in this trip to date, so it promises to be a great chance to see some of the scenery in Vietnam, and to discuss science informally with your colleagues. For people who need to return early, arrangements can be made to do so.

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.

Travel

Airport

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

Ground Transportation

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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