4th International Conference on History of Occupational and Environmental Health and Workshop
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The history of occupational and environmental medicine is
rich but has largely been relegated to passing notice or
ignored altogether, even by specialists in the field. Brief
summaries of occupational and environmental medical
history, when they are included in reviews or more rarely
still in educational curricula, have a limited focus on the
biographical highlights of selected clinicians and researchers
who have contributed to the develo pment of this discipline.
The 4th International Conference on the History of
Occupational and Environmental Health, June 19-22, 2010,
has been organized by University of California, San Francisco
(UCSF) and by the Scientific Committee on History of
Prevention of Occupational and Environmental Diseases
of International Commission on Occupational Health
(ICOH), with support from that U.S. National Institute for
Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH/CDC) and the
Center for Occupational and Environmental Health at the
University of California. It will be the first conference held in
North America (San Francisco, USA) after the previous
events in Europe (Rome, Italy, 1998; Norrköping, Sweden,
2001; and Birmingham, England, 2007). The conference
will span three days and includes keynote addresses by
international leaders in the field, multiple panel discussions,
and original abstract presentations. There will also be a
pre-course half-day history methods workshop covering
basic methods, archival research, oral history taking, and
It is critical for practitioners of occupational and environmental health to be able to see their work
within the context of disparate, yet inter-related themes: the key historical figures that contributed
to the development of the field, the technologic changes that have led to an ever-shifting burden of
disease, and the socio-political forces that helped set the priorities of the discipline. It is no less
crucial for historians with interest in occupational or environmental disease to have a forum in
which they can interact with clinicians in this field, the better to put their historical work into the
context of current realities.
The 4th International Conference on the History of Occupational and Environmental Health,
organized by University of California San Francisco (UCSF) and by the Scientific Committee on
History of Prevention of Occupational and Environmental Diseases of International Commission
on Occupational Health (ICOH), will be the first conference in its series held in North America
(San Francisco, USA) after the previous events in Europe (Rome, Italy, 1998; Norrköping, Sweden,
2001; and Birmingham, England, 2007).
An attendee completing this course will be able to:
Illustrate the history of occupational and environmental health
and its relationship to this field of medicine;Demonstrate the widespread nature of certain key exposures
such as silica and heavy metals;
Identify societal factors that impact the practice of occupational
Describe emerging occupational and environmental issues from
an international, population health perspective.
The University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine (UCSF) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
This course is designated 11.25 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM.
A half-day pre-conference History Methods Workshop will cover general methods in overview, archival approaches, oral history techniques, and biographical investigation with the following faculty:Keynotes: Four keynote presentations are planned each linked to panel discussions.Original Papers: There will also be a series of presentations by authors who submitted original abstracts (deadline for submission now closed)Opening Reception: At the Fisherman’s Warf meeting venueConference Banquet: Including dinner speech on antiquarian medical book collecting by Howard Rootenberg (Rootenberg Rare Books, Los Angeles, California) [Dinner fee option with registration]Closing Reception: At the UCSF medical library, including highlights of its rare book collection pertaining to occupational and environmental disease. SATURDAY, JUNE 19, 201012:00-1:00 pm Workshop Registration (Separate Registration Required)1:00-2:00 pm Approaches to Methods in the History of Medicine:An Introductory OverviewArthur McIvor, PhD • University of Strathclyde, Scotland, UKRonnie Johnston, PhD • Glasgow Caledonian University, Scotland, UK2:00-3:00 pm Nuts and Bolts of Archival ResearchDorothy Porter, PhD • University of California, San Francisco, USA3:00-3:30 pm Coffee Break3:30-4:30 pm Oral History MethodsRonnie Johnston, PhD • Glasgow Caledonian University, Scotland, UKArthur McIvor, PhD • University of Strathclyde, Scotland, UK4:30-5:30 pm Doing BiographyBarbara Sicherman, PhD • Trinity College, Connecticut, USA5:30 pm Workshop Adjourns6:00-8:00 pm 4th International Conference Opening Reception and Wine TastingSUNDAY, JUNE 20, 20108:00-8:30 am Course Registration/Continental Breakfast8:30-8:45 am Conference IntroductionsPaul D. Blanc, MD, MSPH • University of California San Francisco, USAMichele Riva, MD, PhD • University of Milano Bicocca, Italy8:45-9:30 am KEYNOTE: Occupation, Environment, and Health: A History of InterdependenceChristopher Sellers, MD, PhD • Stony Brook University, New York, USA9:30-10:15 am Panel Discussion and Q & APanelists: Daniel Berman, PhD • Independent Historian, Sacr amento, California, USABenoit Nemery, MD, PhD • University of Leuven, BelgiumChristine Rosen, PhD • University of California, Berkeley, USA10:15-10:30 am Coffee Break10:30-12:30 pm Themed Abstract Platform Presentations –1A: Classical Period through the Industrial Revolution1B: Post Colonial Issues12:30-2:00 pm Lunch On Own2:00-4:40 pm Themed Abstract Platform Presentations –2A: Recent History and Emerging Issues2B: Biographical Perspectives4:40-5:00 pm Coffee Break5:00 pm Adjourn6:30-9:00 pm Conference BanquetDinner Presentation:“Antiquarian Medical Book Collecting: A Guide to the Perplexed”Howard Rootenberg • Rootenberg Rare Books – Los Angeles, CaliforniaMONDAY, JUNE 21, 20108:15-8:45 am Continental Breakfast8:45-9:30 am KEYNOTE: Movements for Occupational and Environmental Heath: History and PoliticsDavid Rosner, PhD • Columbia University, New York, USAGerald Markowitz, PhD • John Jay College and CUNY Graduate Center, New York, New York, USA9:30-10:15 am Panel Discussion and Q&APanelists: Allison L. Hepler, PhD • University of Maine at Farmington, USAJoseph Melling, PhD • University of Exeter, England, UKPaul-André Rosental, PhD • Professor, Sciences Po, Paris, France10:15-10:30 am Coffee Break10:30-12:10 pm Themed Abstract Platform Presentations –3A: Pneumoconiosis: Past and Present3B: 20th Century: National Patterns12:10-1:30 pm Lunch On Own1:30-4:10 pm Themed Abstract Platform Presentations –4A: 20th Century Industrial Hazards4B: Historical Case Studies4:30-5:15 pm KEYNOTE: Occupational Health Under the NazisRobert Proctor, PhD • Stanford University, Stanford, California5:15-6:00 pm Panel Discussion and Q&APanelists: Alfredo Menéndez Navarro, PhD • Facultad de Medicina, Granada, SpainFrancesco Carnevale, MD • University of Florence, ItalyBernard Thomann, PhD • Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales, France6:00 pm AdjournTUESDAY, JUNE 22, 20108:15-8:45 am Continental Breakfast8:45-9:30 am KEYNOTE: Working Life – A Poet’s Perspective including a reading of selected poemsPhilip Levine • US Pulitzer Prize Recipient9:30-10:15 am Panel Discussion and Q&APanelists: Paul D. Blanc, MD, MSPH • University of California, San Francisco, USABrian Dolan, PhD • University of California, San Francisco, USA10:15-10:50 am Coffee Break10:50-12:30 pm Themed Abstract Platform Presentations –5A. Mid-19th Century through Early 20th Century5B. Modern Social and Political Factors12:30-2:00 pm Lunch On Own (ICOH Scientific Meeting)2:00-3:00 pm Panel Discussion: Integrating History into Occupational andEnvironmental Health Training and PracticePanelists: Max R. Lum, EdD, MPA • NIOSH-CDC, Washington, DC , USAJulie Staun, CRNA, OHN • Federation of Occupational Health Nurses within the European Union, DenmarkKjell Torén, MD • Sahlgrenska Academy at Göteborg University, Gothenborg, Sweden3:15 pm Depart for UCSF Parnassus Heights C ampus for Closing Reception(Transportation Provided by the Conference)3:45-5:00 pm Closing Reception at UCSF Library, Lange Reading RoomIncluding Highlights from the UCSF Rare Book Collection5:00 pm Transportation Departs to Return to Holiday Inn Fisherman’s WharfConference is generously supported by grants from NIOSH, ICOH, and COEH
The International Organizing Committee members for the meeting are:Paul Blanc, MD, MSPHMeeting ChairProfessor of Medicine and Endowed Chair, Occupationaland Environmental Medicine, University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), USATim Carter, PhD, FFOMChief Medical Adviser, UK, Maritime and Coastguard Agency;Visiting Fellow, Medical History, Exeter University, UKSergio Iavicoli, MD, PhDSecretary General, International Commission on OccupationalHealth, Rome, ItalyMax R. Lum, EdD, MPADirector, Office of Health Communication and Global Collaboration, NIOSH-CDC, Washington, DC, USADorothy Porter, PhDProfessor of History of Health Sciences, Department of Anthropology, History, and Social Medicine (UCSF), USAMichele Riva, MDScientific Secretary, Research Centre on the History of Biomedical Thought, University of Milano Bicocca, ItalyElizabeth Watkins, PhDProfessor of History of Health Sciences, Department of Anthropology, History, and Social Medicine (UCSF), USA
1. Christopher Sellers, Professor of History, Stony Brook University, New York: ”Occupation, Environment, and Health: A History of Interdependence”2. David Rosner, Ronald H. Lauterstein Professor of Sociomedical Science and History, Columbia University and Gerald Markowitz, Distinguished Professor of History, John Jay College and CUNY Graduate Center, New York, New York: “Movements for Occupational and Environmental Heath: History and Politics”3. Robert Proctor, Professor of the History Of Science, Stanford University, Stanford, California: “Occupational Health Under the Nazis”4. Philip Levine, Pulitzer Prize winning poet will read from his work, which focuses on the the lives of working men and women – this will be accompanied by a panel addressing broadly the question of “What the Humanities Teach us About the History of Occupational and Environmental Disease” Other Panel Discussants following the carious keynotes include (partial list):Daniel Berman, Independent Historian, Sacramento, California, USA.Francesco Carnevale, Occupational Medicine Physician, National Health System Lecturer, University of Florence, Italy.Brian Dolan, Professor of History of Health Sciences, UC San Francisco (UCSF), California, USA.Allison L. Hepler, Professor of History, University of Maine Farmington, Maine, USA.Joseph Melling, Professor in the History of Medicine and Director, Centre for Medical History, University of Exeter, England, U.K.Alfredo Menéndez Navarro, Senior Lecturer in History of Science, Department of History of Science, Facultad de Medicina, Grenada, Spain.Benoit Nemery, Professor of Toxicology and Occupational Medicine and Head of the Research, Unit of Lung Toxicology University of Leuven, Leuven, Belgium.Christine Rosen, Associate Professor Haas Business and Public Policy Group, Socially Responsible Business, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, California, USA.There will also be a panel on “Integrating History into Occupational and Environmental Health Training and Practice” including Max R. Lum (Panel Chair), Director, Office of Health Communication and Global Collaboration, NIOSH-CDC, Washington, D.C; Julie Staun, President, Federation of Occupational Health Nurses within the European Union, Denmark; and Kjell Torén, Professor, Dept of Occupational and Environmental Medicine Sahlgrenska Academy at Göteborg University, Gothenborg, SwedenThe half-day pre-conference History Methods Workshop faculty include:Arthur McIvor, Professor of Social History, Director, Scottish Oral History Centre, History Department, University of StrathclydeRonnie Johnston, Reader in History, Deputy Director, Centre for the Social History of Health and Healthcare, Glasgow Caledonian UniversityDorothy Porter, Professor of History of Health Sciences, University of California San FranciscoBarbara Sicherman, Keenan Professor Emerita, Trinity College, Connecticut
Travel & Lodging:
Holiday Inn Fisherman’s Wharf1300 Columbus AvenueSan Francisco, CA 94133877-863-4780Hotel Rates: $140 USD per nightA block of guestrooms has been reserved at the Holiday Inn Fisherman’s Wharf at the special UCSF conference rate of $140.00. You are urged to make your reservations early. The cut off date is May 20, 2010 or until the group room block is filled. Go to http://www.hifishermanswharf.com/ to make hotel reservations and use group code UC4. If you prefer to telephone in your reservation, please call 800-972-3124 and identify yourself as a member of this UCSF conference to receive the special group rate.
Cancellations received in writing before the first day of the course will be refunded less a $75 administrative fee. No refunds will be made on cancellations after this date.
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