BST 290 Seminar: Charles Hall

DATE:             Tuesday, February 14th 2017, 12:00pm

LOCATION:   MSB 1147, Colloquium Room. Refreshments will be provided.

SPEAKER:     Charles B. Hall, Albert Einstein College of Medicine

TITLE:            “Incidence and latency of aerodigestive conditions and cancers in World Trade Center rescue/recovery workers -- methods and outcomes

ABSTRACT:  The September 11, 2001 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center (WTC) and resulting building collapses exposed tens of thousands of rescue/recovery workers to dust, fires, and other hazardous conditions, with little or no protection. Three separate cohorts follow health conditions for these responders and all have reported elevated incidence of aerodigestive conditions and of some cancers. This talk will review some of the evidence for the link between exposure to the WTC rescue/recovery effort and these conditions, including some of the methodologies used to investigate these associations, with emphasis on the study of firefighters from the Fire Department of the City of New York. Finally, the talk will describe current efforts to combine data from the three rescue/recovery worker cohorts and to obtain more comparable comparison cohorts in order to account for healthy worker effects and other demographic differences.