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EPA Hosts Conference on Advancing the Next Generation of Risk Assessment

Release Date: 02/10/2011
Contact Information: Latisha Petteway (News Media Only),, 202-564-3191, 202-564-4355

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing a two-day conference to discuss the Next Generation (NexGen) of Risk Assessment. NexGen is a program that aims to create an inexpensive, faster system for chemical risk assessment by incorporating new knowledge about molecular biology. EPA scientists are using molecular biology, the study of how cells function, to help them interpret the risk to Americans’ health from exposure to chemicals in our air, water and soils. Through NexGen, EPA is collaborating with federal and state agencies to help people understand risks posed by chemicals in our environment so they can make more informed decisions about their health.

The goals of the conference are to engage the public and key stakeholders in the early stages of the program, share information, receive feedback and help direct the next phases of NexGen. Members of the public may participate in the conference, which will consist of presentations followed by group breakout sessions. Space is limited, and reservations will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis.

WHO: Dr. Paul Anastas, assistant administrator of EPA’s Office of Research and Development
Dr. Linda Birnbaum, director of National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)
EPA scientists

    University scientists

WHAT: Advancing the Next Generation of Risk Assessment: Public Dialogue Conference

WHEN: Tuesday, February 15, 8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. and Wednesday, February 16, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

WHERE: Embassy Suites Convention Center; 900 10th Street N.W., Washington, D.C.

More information on how to register for the conference:

More information on NexGen: