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Friday, September 8 • 09:00 - 09:45
Starting a new cooperation (1): the epidemic of chronic kidney disease

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Sam Roe and his scientific partner Lee Newman will use the scicar conference to initiate new cooperations between scientists and journalists - and between teams from different countries.
To that end they have identified two topics which they present in two consecutive sessions:

The emerging epidemic of chronic kidney disease (and other illnesses) affecting millions of agricultural workers, most notably sugar cane workers. There has been sufficient research on the subject to recognize that a) while weather extremes and heat stress contribute to the epidemic, it is not the full story and b) although public health researchers in a number of regions (especially Latin America and Asia) have begun to investigate the extent of the problem, there are many regions of the world where investigation is needed.
The focus on agricultural workers is particularly important, given the implications of worker health on productivity and, ultimately, food security for the planet.
Investigative journalists have an opportunity to work with public health researchers and scientists to help understand the root causes of this epidemic, how interventions are doing at stopping it, and identify where the epidemic is going undiscovered.

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Lee Newman

Director, Center for Health, Work & Environment, Professor, Colorado School of Public Health, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, University of Colorado
Prof. Newman is a scientist, physician, public health practitioner, and educator. He is a Professor in the Departments of Environmental and Occupational Health and Epidemiology in Colorado School of Public Health, Colorado USA. He is founding director of the Center for Health, Wo... Read More →
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Sam Roe

Chicago Tribune
Sam Roe is a Chicago Tribune investigative reporter. He was part of the reporting team that won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting for an examination of unsafe children’s products. He has also been a Pulitzer finalist four times, most recently in 2017 for an investigation into dangerous prescription drug combinations. For that project, he collaborated with data scientists at Columbia University Medical Center to uncover drug pairs linked to a serious heart condition. Roe also worked with researchers to show that pharmacies often fail to warn patients about deadly drug interactions. Another investigation sparked a U.S. ban on the export of mercury, and articles on the hazards of the strategic metal beryllium prompted the U.S. to pay victims $13 billion. Roe also exposed how the chemical and tobacco industries waged a deceptive, decades-long campaign to promote flame retardant furniture and downplay the risks. Those stories, featured in the film... Read More →

Friday September 8, 2017 09:00 - 09:45
Seminarraum OG (C55) Erich-Brost-Institut, Otto-Hahn-Str. 2, 44227 Dortmund

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