Friday, January 6, 2012

Scientific Symposium on Lung Health After Deployment to Iraq & Afghanistan

1st Annual Scientific Symposium on
Lung Health after Deployment to Iraq & Afghanistan
Monday, February 13, 2012
Health Sciences Center
Level 3, Lecture Hall 5
Program Objective:  Upon completion, participants should be able to recognize new‐onset of lung disease after deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan

8:00-9:00 a.m. Registration & Continental Breakfast (Honored Guest, Congressman Tim Bishop)

9:00-9:30 Introduction by Anthony Szema, M.D., Program Chair

9:30-9:40  Peter Sullivan, J.D., Father of Marine from The Sergeant Thomas Joseph Sullivan Center, Washington, D.C.

9:40-10:10 Overview of Exposures in Iraq, Anthony Szema, M.D., (Assistant Professor of Medicine and Surgery, Stony Brook University)

10:10-10:40 Constrictive Bronchiolitis among Soldiers after Deployment, Matt King, M.D., (Assistant Professor of Medicine, Meharry Medical College, Nashville, TN)

10:40-11:10 BREAK

11:10-11:40 Denver Working Group Recommendations and Spirometry Study in Iraq/ Afghanistan, Richard Meehan, M.D., (Chief of Rheumatology and Professor of  Medicine, National Jewish Health, Denver, CO)

11:40 a.m.- Microbiological Analyses of Dust from Iraq and Afghanistan, Captain Mark Lyles,

12:10 p.m.  D.M.D., Ph.D., (Vice Admiral Joel T. Boone Endowed Chair of Health and
Security Studies, U.S. Naval War College, Newport, RI)

12:10-12:20 Health Care Resource Utilization among Deployed Veterans at the White River Junction VA, James Geiling, M.D., (Professor and Chief of Medicine, Dartmouth Medical School, VA White River Junction, VT)

Graduate students Millicent Schmidt and Andrea Harrington (Stony Brook University) present Posters from Lung Studies Analyzed for Spatial Resolution of Metals at Brookhaven National Laboratory’s National Synchrotron Light Source

1:20-1:40 Epidemiologic Survey Instrument on Exposures in Iraq and Afghanistan,  Joseph Abraham, Sc.D., Ph.D., (U.S. Army Public Health Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD)

1:40-2:10 Overview of the Issues Raised during Roundtable on Pulmonary Issues and Deployment, Coleen Baird, M.D., M.P.H., (Program Manager Environmental Medicine, U.S. Army Public Health Command)

2:10-2:40 Reactive Oxygen Species from Iraqi Dust, Martin Schoonen, Ph.D. (Director Sustainabilty Studies and Professor of Geochemistry, Stony Brook University)

2:40-2:50 BREAK
2:50-3:15 Dust Wind Tunnel Studies, Terrence Sobecki, Ph.D. (Chief Environmental Studies Branch, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory, Manchester, NH)

3:15-3:45 Toxicologically Relevant Characteristics of Desert Dust and Other Atmospheric Particulate Matter, Geoffrey S. Plumlee, Ph.D. (Research Geochemist, U.S. Geological Survey, Denver, CO)

3:45-4:15 In-situ Mineralogy of the Lung and Lymph Nodes, Gregory Meeker, M.S. (Research Geochemist, U.S. Geological Survey, Denver, CO)

Continuing Medical Education Credits

The School of Medicine, State University of New York at Stony Brook, is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The School of Medicine, State University of New York at Stony Brook designates this live activity for a maximum of 6 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
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Monday, January 2, 2012

Tester bill protects troops exposed to burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan

Senator Jon Tester is calling on the VA to safeguard the health of American veterans by establishing a list of burn pits used by the military in Iraq and Afghanistan to dispose of waste materials.
Tester is a sponsor of the bipartisan Open Burn Pit Registry Act, which requires the VA to document the locations of open-air burn pits. The bill would properly document troops’ exposure to open burn pits used in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Studies show that burn pits – makeshift incinerators used to dispose of waste in war zones – release toxic particles into the air that have been linked to several respiratory and neurological ailments, as well as cancer.
“We’ve got to do everything we can now to identify health concerns and make sure our troops have the support they deserve if those concerns cause problems in the future,” Tester said. “That’s why it is critical that we honor their sacrifice by making sure that they get first-rate medical treatment once they return home, and for the rest of their lives.”
Tester added that by establishing an open burn pit registry, troops who were stationed near incinerators will have an easier time connecting their medical problems to chemical exposure, and therefore make the process of applying for disability benefits easier. 
“Veterans have told me time and again that the VA is full of good people, but getting in the door is the hardest part,” Tester said. “This bill will make it easier for folks to apply for VA benefits by helping service members to link a disability to their military service.”
Tester’s measure also calls for an independent organization to perform a study on the health effects of open-air burn pits, which burn everything from unexploded ordnance, to batteries and medical waste.
Tester has previously pushed federal agencies to study illnesses resulting from exposure to burn pits. Earlier this year, he wrote the Secretaries of Veterans Affairs and Defense urging them to “immediately begin all necessary studies to determine the precise causes of increased illnesses among our troops returning home from battle.”
Tester, Montana’s only member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, has a long record of improving health care for Montana’s fighting men and women after they return from the battlefield. Last summer, Tester praised the Department of Veterans Affairs for expanding medical coverage for veterans who were exposed to Agent Orange while serving in Vietnam.
A copy of Tester’s bipartisan Open Burn Pit Registry Act is available on his website HERE.