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26-29 October 2017
Carpi, Italy

Online registration will remain open from July 17 to September 17.

Abstracts for all sessions may be submitted online until 1 August using the following form.

Questions regarding registration and logistics may be directed to Conference Co-Manager Federica Scagliarini events@ramazzini.it. Questions regarding the scientific program may be sent to Kathryn Knowles collegium@ramazzini.it.





Conference check-in
Hotel Touring


Welcome dinner
Ristorante La Bottiglieria, Hotel Touring



Scientific Session I: Environmental Epidemiology
Chair: Pietro Comba, Italy
Sala delle Vedute, Palazzo dei Pio

  • Health effects of air pollution: a summary of recent findings
    Francesco Forastiere, Italy
  • Environmental health in contaminated sites: recent findings and clues for international cooperation
    Pietro Comba, Italy
  • Drinking water contaminants and health effects: the example of exposure to lithium
    Florencia Harari, Ecuador (Sweden)
  • Brain impacts of airborne pollutants, new evidence from human and animal studies
    Roberto Lucchini, Italy (USA)
  • Pollution: the largest neglected risk factor for non-communicable disease
    Philip Landrigan, USA



Scientific Session II: Ongoing Experimental Studies at The Ramazzini Institute
Co-Chairs: Linda Birnbaum, USA and Fiorella Belpoggi, Italy
Sala delle Vedute, Palazzo dei Pio

  • Adverse effects of glyphosate and Roundup administered at human equivalent doses to Sprague-Dawley rats
    Simona Panzacchi, Italy
  • Effects on the microbiome of glyphosate and Roundup administered at human equivalent doses in Sprague-Dawley rats
    Fabiana Manservisi, Italy
  • Aneuploidy: a common early evidence–based biomarker for carcinogens and reproductive toxicants
    Daniele Mandrioli, Italy and Melissa Perry, USA
  • First Results from the Ramazzini Institute carcinogenesis studies of cell phone radiofrequency radiation in Sprague Dawley rats
    Fiorella Belpoggi, Italy


Sala dei Cervi, Palazzo dei Pio


Scientific Session III: Cancer Disparities, Occupational and Environmental Risks and Prevention Strategies
Chair: Melissa McDiarmid, USA
Sala delle Vedute, Palazzo dei Pio

Keynote Address
Connecting the dots: the global fight against cancer and role of carcinogens in the developing world
HRH Princess Dina Mired, Jordan
President-elect Union for International Cancer Control

  • Cancer excess as a marker of disparity: the case of occupational and environmental cancer
    Melissa McDiarmid, USA
  • CT screening for lung cancer: an unprecedented opportunity to reduce occupational cancer mortality
    Steven Markowitz, USA
  • Low dose chest CT in asbestos-exposed workers
    Laura Welch, USA
  • Cancer excesses in Ramazzini Institute clinical cohort
    Angela Guaragna, Italy
  • The role of general practitioners in contrasting cancer care disparities
    Pier Giorgio Natali, Italy (Mediterranean Task force for Cancer Control dedicated to Massimo Crespi)


Free time


Artistic performance
Sala delle Vedute, Palazzo dei Pio


Ristorante La Bottiglieria, Hotel Touring



Council of Fellows
Town Hall of Carpi


Ristorante La Bottiglieria, Hotel Touring


Scientific Session IV: Work of the Fellows Poster Session and Oral Presentations (8)


Ramazzini Award and Ramazzini Lecture
Sala delle Vedute, Palazzo dei Pio

The 2017 Ramazzini Award will be conferred upon Karel Van Damme (Belgium) for his efforts to improve the ethical basis for screening and monitoring practices in occupational medicine and for his advocacy and efforts to improve occupational safety and health protections in Belgium and internationally.


Direct departure for social dinner



Scientific Session V: Regulatory Science, Health Institutional Capacity and Development
Sala delle Vedute, Palazzo dei Pio
Co-chairs: Carlos Santos-Burgoa, Mexico (USA) and Karel VanDamme, Belgium




Advocacy Planning and Collegium Ramazzini Standing Committee Meetings
Sala delle Vedute, Palazzo dei Pio


Farewell Lunch
Ristorante La Bottiglieria, Hotel Touring

Hotel accommodations and ground transportation

Conference accommodations will be divided between the Hotel Touring and Hotel Carpi. Shuttle service from the Hotel Carpi to conference events will be provided. Hotel reservations are made by the conference organization on a first-come, first-served basis. Please do not contact the hotels directly.

All participants are responsible for their own travel to Italy and are encouraged to make plans to arrive by air to Bologna or by train to Carpi. Ground transportation will be provided from the Bologna International Airport (BLQ) and from the historical center of Bologna all day on Thursday 26 October. Wednesday arrivals are invited to arrange accommodations in Bologna so as to use the conference transportation from the city center the following day. Train travelers 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.

Return travel should be planned for the afternoon of Sunday 29 October or Monday 30 October. Return ground transportation will be organized on both days from Carpi to BLQ and to the historical center of Bologna.

Online Registration and Payment Procedures

Online conference registration will remain open from 17 July to 17 September 2017. At the time of registration participants will be directed to the payments page of the Collegium Ramazzini Treasury. At this time Fellows are invited to:

1) Pay required annual membership fees in the amount of 300 USD and settle eventual arrears. Questions regarding financial standing should be directed to Treasurer James Melius at melius@nysliuna.org.

2) Pay the conference registration fee for Fellows and the spouse/guest fee if applicable.

3) Make an optional financial contribution to the Collegium Ramazzini's Jubilee Fund. Proceeds will be used to assist colleagues in need to attend annual meetings.

Fellows unable to attend Ramazzini Days 2017 may access the payments page directly to settle membership accounts and make a donation to the Jubilee fund without registering for the conference.

The Paypal e-commerce system will issue a detailed receipt for all transactions.

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