Chemicals in Our Bodies: Use of Biomonitoring Data for Policymaking

Image from Gina Solomon’s presentation.

Friday, March 20, 2009, Noon -1:30 p.m.
485 Russell Senate Office Building

Introductory Remarks

Michael Holsapple
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.


The American Chemical Society Science and the Congress Project and the Society of Toxicology

Featured Speakers

Dana Barr, moderating
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Presentation Slides Email | Biography CDC Biomonitoring Website

Gina Solomon
Natural Resources Defense Council
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Carol Henry
George Washington University School of Public Health
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Linda Sheldon
National Exposure Research Laboratory (NERL)
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
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