The Mount Sinai Global Health Training Center’s 9th Annual Global Health Conference “Toxins: A Global Threat”

Topics covered at the conference included hydrofracking, asbestos, pesticides, plastics, and the cleanup of toxic sites in developing countries.

New York, NY
 – March 11, 2011 /Press Release/  –– 

Each year, the Mount Sinai Global Health Center selects a special theme designed to highlight a specific area in global health. The intent is to provide an opportunity for conference attendees to explore recent scientific developments and to create a forum for interdisciplinary interactions.

This year, students, physicians, academics, activists, and community members learned about the critical impact of toxins around the globe and learned how to become an advocate for change.

The conference featured presentations from expert professionals and a special screening of the documentary film, Gasland with webcast Q&A with director, Josh Fox.

Topics covered at the conference included hydrofracking, asbestos, pesticides, plastics, and the cleanup of toxic sites in developing countries.

The conference also included a special advocacy panel with expert panelists discussing effective advocacy skills:

  • Richard Fuller, President of the Blacksmith Institute
  • Lewis Goldfrank, MD, Chairman and Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, New York University
  • Phil Landrigan, MD, MSc, Dean for Global Health Mount Sinai
  • Panel:
    • Al Appleton, Former Commissioner of the NYC Dept of Environmental Protection
    • Tracey Carluccio, Delaware Riverkeeper Network
    • Vincent M. Pedre, MD, MSSM, Medical Director of Pedre Integrative Health, President of Dr. Pedre Wellness
    • Perry Sheffield, MD, MSSMBarry Castelman, ScD, Environmental Consultant

To view their presentations in their entirety, visit Mount Sinai’s official YouTube page.