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25 September 2016

Death of Emeritus Fellow John C. Bailar III (6 September 2016)

John Christian Bailar III, MD, a resident of Mitchellville, Maryland, died Tuesday, September 6, 2016 at the age of 83.

Born in Urbana, Illinois to John and Florence (Catherwood) Bailar, John was beloved by family and friends for his rigorous mind, pursuit of challenge, and persistent humor. He graduated from University High School in Urbana, University of Colorado with a BA in Chemistry (following in his father?s footsteps), Yale University with an MD, and the American University(where he met his wife, Barbara) with a Ph.D. in statistics.

John began his career as an epidemiologist and biostatistician at the National Cancer Institute in Washington, D.C. While there, he wrote many seminal papers on breast cancer and mammography, bladder cancer, prostate cancer, and the comparisons of different cancer treatments. After two years at the Veterans Administration as Director of Research Services, John returned to the Cancer Institute for another eight years, during which time he was Editor for their journal.

After leaving government, John began an academic career, becoming a lecturer at Harvard University, Chair of the Department of Epidemiology and Statistics at McGill University, and Chair of the Department of Health Studies at the University of Chicago. During his time at Harvard and McGill, he was also a statistical consultant to the New England Journal of Medicine. He became a Scholar in Residence at the National Academy of Sciences, where he was a frequent member and chair of committees and reviewer of reports.

John received many honors and awards over the years. Among these was election to the Collegium Ramazzini, election as a Fellow in the American Statistical Association and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a distinguished service medal from the Council of Biology Editors. His most distinguished award, and one he valued highly, was a MacArthur Fellowship in 1990.

He is survived by his wife of fifty years, Barbara Bailar, his brother Benjamin Bailar, his children Elizabeth, John IV, James (Crystal), and Melissa, his step-daughter Pamela Monaco (Don), numerous nieces and nephews, and eight grandchildren.

A memorial service is to be conducted at 3 p.m. on Sunday, October 9, 2016 in the Chapel of Collington Retirement Community, 10450 Lottsford Road, Mitchellville, Maryland. In lieu of customary remembrances, memorial donations may be given to Yale School of Medicine, Office of Development and Alumni Affairs, P.O. Box 7611, New Haven, CT 06519.

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22 September 2016

MANGANESE2016 - webcast and digital archive

Fellow Roberto Lucchini informs the membership that the event MANGANESE2016 will be webcast live from Sunday, September 25 to Wednesday, Sept. 28. The digital archive will be accessible for 7 days at no charge. Register for free at:

One registered, you will receive an email with an event registration ID and website link.

This conference will yield international state-of-the-science discussion of what is known, identify information gaps, and help define future directions for research. The conference aims to advance the fundamental knowledge of the causes, mechanisms, diagnosis, related new technologies, treatment, and prevention of Mn-induced or exacerbated diseases and disorders in children, adults, and the elderly. Occupations at risk for high exposure, such as mining and welding, will be addressed in-depth during the plenaries.

Access the agenda and program information:

We encourage viewers to engage with attendees through the various social media channels set up for the conference.

Twitter: @SinaiOccMed #manganese2016
Facebook: www.facebook.com/manganese2016
Google+: Manganese2016

19 July 2016

The Collegium Ramazzini releases its19th Statement: A New Approach to the Control of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

The Collegium Ramazzini, an international academy of 180 scientists from 35 countries, experts in environmental and occupational health, has released a new Statement entitled A New Approach to the Control of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) .

COPD is a major and growing disease world-wide that is not well-recognized and is thus under-diagnosed. It is caused by exposures to a multitude of vapors, gasses, dusts and fumes known collectively as VGDF. The Collegium Ramazzini calls on the international community of occupational and environmental safety and health professionals to adopt a new paradigm towards the recognition and prevention of occupational and non-occupational exposures to VGDFs that cause COPD. Historically this community has understated the significance of VGDF exposures other than smoking. Moreover, a paradigm has been followed which addresses VGDF risk factors on an agent-by-agent basis.

In its 19th official statement, the Collegium Ramazzini proposes a new professional paradigm to reduce occupational and non-occupational VGDF exposures that cause COPD and which recognizes that in the real world most people are exposed to a mixture of VGDFs. To successfully implement the proposed paradigm, it is necessary to have in place more scientific data, better standards, and better surveillance/monitoring. The Collegium recommends a number of actions to prevent exposures to VGDFs, improve medical care for individuals with COPD, and compensate for COPD as an occupational disease.

Other recent positions of the Collegium Ramazzini include:
- The Global Health Dimensions of Asbestos and Asbestos-Related Diseases
- Most Types of Cancer Are Not Due to Bad Luck
- The Safety and Health of Migrant Labour: a Call to the International Community for Action

The complete collection of Collegium Ramazzini Statements may be consulted here.

Press contact:
Collegium Ramazzini
Kathryn Knowles

18 July 2016

Register for Ramazzini Days online from 18 July to 18 September

Online registration for Ramazzini Days is now open!

The event will be held Carpi, Italy beginning at 15:00 on Thursday 27 October through 15:00 on Sunday 30 October 2016. Book early to guarantee your choice of hotel accommodations.

Ground transportation will be provided from the Bologna International Airport (BLQ) and from the historical center of Bologna on the morning of Thursday 27 October. Wednesday arrivals are invited to arrange accommodations in Bologna so as to use the conference transportation from the city center the following day.

Return travel should be planned for the afternoon of Sunday 30 October or Monday 31 October. Return ground transportation will be organized on both days from Carpi to BLQ and to the historical center of Bologna.

Train travellers should plan on booking a connection all the way to Carpi (trains run from Modena centrale every 30 minutes). No transportation will be provided from the Bologna or Modena train stations.

Questions? Comments! Mail to: events@ramazzini.it