UC MEXUS ♦ CONACYT ♦ One Health Center Toxic Earth : Toxic Bodies Binational Perspectives in Environmental Health
“Today we are concerned with a different kind of hazard that lurks in our environment – a hazard we ourselves have introduced into our world as our modern way of life has evolved.” -Rachel Carson, Silent Spring, 1962

The University of California Institute for Mexico and the United States (UC MEXUS), Mexico's National Commission for Science and Technology (CONACYT), and the One Health Center of the UC Global Health Institute convened a one-day symposium on April 5, 2011, to highlight research advances and insights for human health and the environment as related to toxic exposure and contamination in Mexico and the United States. The symposium brought together experts from the University of California and Mexico with binational research ties and with perspectives from the medical, health, and environmental sciences.

The entire symposium is available for online viewing as steaming video (a Flash enabled browser is required) and is divided into four parts as listed below:

Morning Session 1 Welcome and Introductions
Exequiel Ezcurra, Director, UC MEXUS
Anil Deolalikar, Co-Director, One Health Center - UC Global Health Institute
Luis Humberto Fabila Castillo, Director de Investigación Científica Básica, CONACYT
Raul Ruiz, Senior Associate Dean for Community Engagement and Partnerships, UCR School of Medicine

Keynote Address
Thomas J. Coates, Michael and Sue Steinberg Professor of Global AIDS Research, UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, and Co-Director, UC Global Health Institute
The University of California Global Health Institute: A model for international collaborations

Round 1 of Presentations
Margarita Currás-Collazo, Cell Biology and Neuroscience, UC Riverside
Martha M. León-Olea, Neuromorfología Funcional, Investigaciónes en Neurociencias, Instituto Nacional de Psiquiatría
Neuroendocrine disruption caused by the indoor organohalogen pollutants PBDEs

Rufus Edwards, Epidemiology, School of Medicine, UC Irvine
Health and climate implications of emissions from small scale rural industries in Mexico
Morning Session 2 Round 1 of Presentations (continued)
Adrián Fernández-Bremauntz, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana and Climate Works Foundation
Climate change impacts on health: the case of co-benefits

John R. Froines, Environmental Health Sciences, UC Los Angeles
Andrea De Vizcaya Ruiz, Toxicología, Centro de Investigación y Estudios Avanzados del IPN
Mexico City air pollution analyzed: a toxicological perspective
Afternoon Session 1 Keynote Address Horacio Riojas Rodríguez, Director, Salud Ambiental, Instituto Nacional de Salud Pública
The current situation of environmental health in Mexico: Challenges and perspectives

Round 2 of Presentations
Introduction - Anil B. Deolalikar

David A. Eastmond, Cell Biology and Neuroscience, UC Riverside
María Eugenia Gonsebatt, Medicina Genómica y Toxicología Ambiental, Instituto de Investigaciones Biomédicas, UNAM
Evidence for a tetraploid intermediate in the development of cervical cancer

Martin F. Soto-Jiménez, Instituto de Ciencias del Mar y Limnología, UNAM
A. Russell Flegal, Environmental Toxicology, UC Santa Cruz (en absentia)
Lead contamination in an industrial area of northern Mexico

Sharon Walker, Environmental Engineering, UC Riverside
Fate, transport and removal of nanomaterials in aquatic environments
Afternoon Session 2 Discussion Panel
Exequiel Ezcurra, UC MEXUS
Manuela Martins-Green, Cell Biology and Neuroscience, UC Riverside
(Presentation: Cigarette Smoke and Effects on Health)
Exequiel Ezcurra, UC MEXUS
David Lo, Biomedical Sciences, UC Riverside
Malaquías López Cervantes, Facultad de Medicina, UNAM
Manuela Martins-Green, Cell Biology and Neuroscience, UC Riverside
Leonora Rojas Bracho, Contaminación Urbana y Regional, Instituto Nacional de Ecología
Marylynn Yates, Environmental Sciences, UC Riverside
Discussion - Question and Answer session