Sciences at the University of California, Berkeley, and director of the Northern California Center for Occupational and Environmental Health. His research is in the area of occupational and environmental respiratory disease. He studies the acute effects of inhalation exposures to ambient air pollutants in his human exposure laboratory at San Francisco General Hospital and the chronic effects of such exposures in epidemiological studies with collaborators at the University of California, San Francisco, and the University of California, Berkeley. He is also interested in genetic determinants of responses to air pollutants. For the past two years, Dr. Balmes has been leading research, funded by the CDC, to assist in the development of a national program to link environmental hazards with health outcome data to improve the tracking of diseases potentially related to environmental exposures. Dr. Balmes received the Environmental and Occupational Medicine Academic Award from NIEHS,1991-1996. Dr. Balmes received his M.D. from Mt. Sinai School of Medicine in 1976.
Paul D. Blanc is professor of medicine, Endowed Chair and Chief of the Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine at the University of California School of Medicine, San Francisco. Dr. Blanc also serves as associate medical director of the California Poison Control System, San Francisco Division. Dr. Blanc is board certified in occupational medicine and internal medicine and holds a certificate in medical toxicology. His research interests are in the areas of epidemiology of occupational lung disease, asthma outcomes, and occupational toxicology. He was a member of the IOM Committee on Poison Prevention and Control. He received his M.D. from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. Blanc is the author of How Everyday Products Make People Sick (UC Press).
Elizabeth S. Chamberlin is vice president for safety and training at Massey Energy. Before that she was the general manager for safety for CONSOL Energy Incorporated. She was formerly part of the General Counsel’s office for CONSOL Energy. She is trained as a mining engineer and has experience as a miner, operating engineer, and assistant foreman while at the United States Steel Mining Company. She chairs the National Mining Association’s Health and Safety Sub-Committee. She received her J.D. from Duquesne School of Law and an M.B.A. from Waynesburg College.
Rogene F. Henderson is a senior biochemist and toxicologist emeritus in the Experimental Toxicology Program of the Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute. She is also a clinical professor in the College of Pharmacy at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. Her major research interests are in the use of bronchoalveolar lavage fluid analyses to detect and characterize biomarkers of developing lung