Chemicals in Our Bodies: Use of Biomonitoring Data for Policymaking
Friday, March 20, 2009, Noon -1:30 p.m.
485 Russell Senate Office Building
Executive Director of the International Life Sciences Institute Health and Environmental Sciences Institute
2009 Vice President-Elect of the Society of Toxicology
The American public regularly encounters a range of natural and man-made chemicals in our environment. To craft effective environmental and public health policies, policymakers must be able to identify and understand how we are exposed to chemicals and which exposures create health risks. Biomonitoring – measuring levels of chemical
compounds in the human body – is a tool that can track trends in chemical exposures over time or identify populations with high exposures. The ability to collect data on exposure levels, however, often exceeds our understanding of what those exposure levels mean for individuals and populations. This briefing addressed the potential opportunities and limitations presented by biomonitoring data for policymaking, and discussed recent progress in the field.
|Dana Barr, moderating|
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Email | Biography CDC Biomonitoring Website
Natural Resources Defense Council Email | Biography NRDC Website
George Washington University School of Public Health Email | Biography
National Exposure Research Laboratory (NERL)
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Email | Biography NERL Website
- “Biomonitoring: EPA Needs to Coordinate Its Research Strategy and Clarify Its Authority to Obtain Biomonitoring DataGAO 09-353, April 2009
- C&EN, 86(04), pp. 52-56, January 28, 2008.
- Human Biomonitoring for Environmental Chemicals, National Research Council, 2006.
- Mackinac Center Policy Brief, D. Juberg, J. Bus, D. Katz, February 2008.
- Interpreting Human Biomonitoring in a Health Risk Context: Creating Chemical-Specific Biomonitoring Equivalents (BEs) and Related Communication Brochure, Summit Toxicology ,
- (Congressional Research Service, collated by ACS & SOT) March, 2009.