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Advancing the Science Webinar Series:
Chemical-Induced Asthma

Environmental contributions to asthma prevalence:
Assessing the link between exposure and disease

June 17, 2016
Webinar was recorded and is available to registrants.

A discussion of how the relationships between environmental exposures and asthma induction are addressed, specifically the endpoints and types of studies that are considered. This speaker will address the limitations of current research methods and the difficulties associated with exposure estimation.

Learning Objectives:
  • To describe methods of environmental exposure estimation for household or indoor air.
  • To describe the current challenges and limitations associated with the use of these exposure estimation methods for determining causal relationships in epidemiological or real-world assessments of asthma induction.
  • To discuss non-quantitative issues associated with risk assessment of indoor air exposures, specifically the risk-benefit relationship between cleaning and the reduction of common indoor aeroallergens (e.g., mold, mildew, pet dander, mites, etc.).

Judy S. LaKind, Ph.D., President of LaKind Associates, LLC, Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, University of Maryland School of Medicine, and Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine, Milton S. Hershey Medical Center is a health and environmental scientist with expertise in exposure science, assessment of human health risks, biomonitoring, scientific and technical analysis for regulatory support, and state-of-the-science reviews. Dr. LaKind has spoken and published extensively on exposure- and risk-related issues, including children’s exposures to environmental chemicals, the implications of uncertainty in the risk assessment process, weighing potential risks and benefits related to chemical use, the presence of environmental chemicals in human milk, and time-dependence and distributional analysis of exposure. Dr. LaKind has evaluated the use of human health risk assessment in the development of water quality criteria, and has critically analyzed the environmental fate, behavior, and bioavailability of pollutants in the context of setting regulatory criteria.

Judy LaKind

Certificate of Completion for 5 Continuing Education hours available for attending all 5 webinars and completing the surveys.

Webinar series sponsored by the American Cleaning Institute (ACI), in collaboration with the Toxicology Excellence for Risk Assessment (TERA) Center, University of Cincinnati & endorsed by the Society of Toxicology (SOT) and the Society for Risk Analysis (SRA)

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This webinar series will discuss the advances being made with chemical-induced asthma and the role of clinical, toxicological, and epidemiological research in regulatory and hazard characterization approaches. The webinars are free, but registration is required.

  • Session 1:
    Current Clinical Perspectives in Evaluating Chemical Induced Asthma, or "What Caused My Asthma?"
    February 25, 2016 2pm EST
    Jon Bernstein 
  • Session 2:
    The role of toxicology in asthma hazard assessment
    April 28, 2016 2pm EST
    David Basketter
  • Session 3:
    Environmental contributions to asthma prevalence: Assessing the link between exposure and disease
    June 17, 2016 11am EST
    Judy LaKind
  • Session 4:
    Setting Exposure Limits for Chemical Allergens: Understanding the Challenges
    August 26, 2016 11a.m. EST
    Scott Dotson (NIOSH)
  • Session 5:
    Asthma-specific hazard characterization approaches: A novel approach to a complex problem
    October 21, 2016 11am EST
    Andy Maier