Ramazzini Days

Annual Ramazzini Days

Ramazzini Days 2021


The following is a message from our President, Phil Landrigan:

Dear Fellows, Emeritus Fellows and Friends,
This past spring we were all very hopeful that with the apparent waning of the COVID-19 pandemic and the rapid uptake of vaccination it would be possible for us to have a fully in person meeting this year, or at least to have a hybrid conference in which at least some of us could come together in person in Carpi. Now however, the pandemic has reemerged.

Thus, with great reluctance, the Executive Council of the Collegium Ramazzini has come to the unanimous conclusion that it would be most unwise to have any portion of the Ramazzini Days in Carpi. With the global spread of the highly contagious Delta variant of the coronavirus, the realization that ‘breakthrough’ infections can occur in vaccinated people, and the high likelihood that governments will impose increasingly stringent travel restrictions in the coming weeks, we realized that there was no other choice.

Therefore, Ramazzini Days 2021 will, as it was in 2020, be a fully on-line meeting with no in-person component. Full logistical details are presented below in this newsletter.

Many thanks to Morando Soffritti, Susannah Tilson and all the staff of the Secretariat who put in so many hours to try to make a hybrid meeting a reality. It would have been lovely, but it is not to be.

I fully anticipate that despite these difficulties our Ramazzini Days 2021 will be a splendid and highly productive gathering. Melissa MacDiarmid and Carol Rice have worked extremely hard to put together a robust scientific program. We have much business to accomplish, statements to review, and new candidates to consider. We shall overcome!

Philip J. Landrigan, MD, MSc


Thursday October 28th: 8:00 - 13:00 EST / 14:00 - 19:00 CET

08:00 - 08:10

Introduction and Welcome

Philip J. Landrigan, Susannah Tillson & Morando Soffritti


DAY 1 - Scientific Session 1: Covid-19 as an Occupational Disease (1hr 50 min)

8-9 mins per speaker and 30 min for discussion

Co-Chairs: David Michaels, Gregory Wagner

David Michaels - Covid-19 as an Occupational Disease: Where are We Now and Where are We Going?

Gregory Wagner - Responses of OHS regulators and inspectors to the Covid-19 pandemic

Raul Harari - COVID-19 and the Impact in Work, Health and Safety in Ecuador: Findings 18 months into the Pandemic

Francesco Forastiere - Covid-19 in Italy: challenges of data collection, analyses and prevention

Krishna Nirmalya Sen - Managing migrant workforce at Indian construction sites: OSH challenges and mitigation during various phases of COVID-19 pandemic

Tamar Berman - Challenges in Conducting Biomonitoring Fieldwork in Israel during the COVID Pandemic

Ivan Ivanov - Caring for those who care: Occupational health and safety for all health workers.

Komi Modji - Workers’ Compensation and the Implications of Long COVID-19 in Wisconsin

Emily A. Spieler - Public Policy Challenges to Occupational Safety and Health Protection During a Pandemic

10:00– 10:45

DAY 1 - Scientific Session 2: Work of the fellows (45 min)

10 mins per speaker, 5 mins for questions

Co-Chairs: Rima Habib, Richard Duffy

Daniele Mandrioli - The Ramazzini Institute studies on glyphosate-based herbicides: results and state-of-the art of the project

Stephan Böse-O'Reilly - Hot days for health care workers - Combining heat and infection control measures - Climate change and Covid-19

Roberto Lucchini - Emerging preparedness for major accidents: updates about the 9/11 health consequences and more recent events

10:45 – 11:00


11:00 - 12:00

DAY 1 - Scientific Session 3: Pesticides and Infertility

10-15 mins per speaker and 20 min for discussion

Co-chairs: Aleksandra Fucic, Ludwine Casteleyn

Aleksandra Fucic -Age- and gender-specific endocrine disrupting effects of pesticides on fertility

Fiorella Belpoggi - In vivo bioassay as an important tool to investigate infertility mechanisms of pesticides

Evangelini Evgeni - Male infertility associated with exposure to pesticides: experience from andrology clinics

12:00 - 1:00

DAY 1 - Scientific Session 4: Work of the Fellows

10 mins per speaker, 5 mins for questions

Corrado Magnani - Italian pool of asbestos workers cohorts: investigation of asbestos related neoplasms after long time since first exposure

Arthur Frank - Dust Inside:Fighting and living with asbestos-related disasters in Brazil. Thoughts on the contribution of ethnography to understand and tackle global health disasters

Ken Takahashi - e-Toolkit for the Elimination of Asbestos-Related Diseases in Developing Countries

Rodney Ehrlich - Computer aided detection (CAD) of radiological silicosis - a new application of an evolving AI technology

Friday October 29th: 8:00 - 13:00 EST / 14:00 - 19:00 CET

8:00 - 9:30

DAY 2 – Scientific Session 1: – Toxicity of fluoride (90 min)

10-15 mins per speaker and 30 min for discussion

Co-chairs: Ana Soto and Linda Birnbaum

Introduction by the Chairs: Ana Soto and Linda Birnbaum

Ana Soto - Developmental Neurotoxicity of Fluoride

Bruce P. Lanphear - Prospective Cohort Studies of Prenatal Fluoride Exposure and Children’s Intellectual Abilities

Philippe Grandjean - Use of epidemiology data to estimate safe fluoride exposure During pregnancy

Discussant: Vyvyan Howard

9:30 - 10:30

DAY 2 – Scientific Session 2: Work of the Fellows

10 mins per speaker, 5 mins for questions

Jung-Der Wang - How many life-years/QALYs and healthcare expenditures could we save to prevent a case of catastrophic illness, including cancer?

Somkiat Siriruttanapruk - The study of priority setting for occupational carcinogens in industries in Thailand

Daniela Pelclova - Recommended Monitoring of the Inhalational Exposure to Nanoparticles in Workers Using Oxidative Stress Markers

David Christiani - The Electronic Vaping Associated Lung Injury (EVALI) Outbreak

10:30 - 10:45

Coffee Break


DAY 2 –Scientific Session 3 - Rapid Poster Presentations (45 min)

3 min pre-recorded overview of each; discussion of all posters will follow

Co-chairs: Casey Bartrem, Dennis Nowak

Davide Degli Esposti - Endocrine disruption: a crustacean perspective

Gunnar Nordberg - Human Metal Exposure and Adverse Health Effects

Elihu D. Richter - On radar and radio exposure and cancer in the military setting

Daniel Hryhorczuk - t(14;18) Translocations in Dioxin-Exposed Workers

Marco Vinceti - Association between air pollutants and hippocampal volume as assessed through magnetic resonance imaging in adult population: A systematic review and meta-analysis

Jennifer Sass - Health Evaluations that are Transparent, Timely and Lead to Health-Protective Actions: Workshop Report

11:30 - 13:00

DAY 2 – Scientific Session 4: Conflict of Interest Disclosure in Epidemiology (90 min)

10-15 mins per speaker and 30 for discussion

Co-chairs: Colin L. Soskolne, Michael Gochfeld

Colin L. Soskolne - Conflict-of-interest (COI) and disclosure in epidemiology: from an INEP Position Statement to a toolkit for preventing methodological misuse

Juan Pablo Ramos-Bonilla - Conflict-of-interest (COI) and its impact on the research question

Daniele Mandrioli - Financial conflict-of-interest as a source of bias in Epidemiology

Lisa Bero - What do we know about disclosure?

Carl F. Cranor - Misusing Bradford Hill’s viewpoints and distorting science.

Discussants: Michael Gochfeld, Kurt Straif

Saturday October 30th: 8:00 - 13:00 EST / 14:00 - 19:00 CET

8:00 - 8:15

Welcome – President Dr. Philip Landrigan

8:15 - 8:30

Update from Carpi - Mayor Alberto Bellelli

8:30 - 9:15

Updates from the Collegium Ramazzini:
President’s Report - Dr. Philip Landrigan
Secretary General’s Report – Dr. Morand Soffritti
Treasurer’s Report – Dr. Mark Robson

9:15 - 9:30

Programming Update

9:30 - 10:45

Membership News and Views

10:45 - 11:00


11:00 - 11:30


History of the Award - Ramazzini Institute President, Dr Fabrizio Sarti 2021 Award Recipient Introduction - CR President Dr. Landrigan

11:30 - 12:30

Ramazzini Award Winner Talk:
Dr. Linda Birnbaum - “A Tale of Two ‘Toxins’: Dioxins vs. PFAS“

12:30 – 13:00

Virtual Social Hour & Closing