The North Carolina Agromedicine Institute and the SAES’s Center of Excellence for Post-Harvest Technologies are hosting the 2012 North Carolina Agricultural Health and Safety Symposium. The Symposium will be Friday, Oct. 12, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the David H. Murdock Core Laboratory Building on the N.C. Research Campus. Featured speakers will be Dr. Risto Rautianen of the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Public Health; Dr. Greg Cope and Julia Storm of N.C. State’s Department of Environmental and Molecular Toxicology; Dr. Bill Meggs, director of the Division of Toxicology at the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina; and Dr. Jenora Waterman, assistant professor of functional genomics at the SAES Dept. of Animal Sciences. Rautianen’s topic will be “Identifying On-Farm Health and Safety Risks: Opportunities for National and International Collaborations”; Meggs will cover some of the acute and chronic effects of pesticides; Cope and Storm will discuss results of a pilot program for protecting the safety and health of farmers; and Waterman will focus on “Agricultural Dust Exposure and Airway Epithelial Function.” The Symposium agenda is organized to also offer information sharing and networking opportunities to those attending. There is no registration fee, but those planning to attend must register by Wednesday, October 3. Registrations are being handled by Tina Clift, who will need email or a phone call (252.744.1008) that provides contact information.
The North Carolina Agromedicine Institute was established in 1999 by the UNC Board of Governors with East Carolina, N.C. State, and A&T as constituent universities.