Health Experts Meet at EWC on Environmental Risks in Vulnerable Communities


HONOLULU (Sept. 24, 2013) -- Distinguished health experts from around the world are gathered this week at the East-West Center in Hawai‘i for the 15th International Conference of the Pacific Basin Consortium for Environment and Health. Keynote speakers include Superfund Research Program Director William Suk of the U.S. National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, and Her Royal Highness Princess Chulabhorn Mahidol of Thailand, a professor of chemistry who will speak on potential health impacts of exposure to environmental pollutants in children.

Princess Chulabhorn Mahidol of Thailand speaks on the impacts of environmental pollutants on children's health.Major themes of the Sept. 24-27 conference include:

  • Environmental exposure in indigenous communities
  • Impacts of e-waste on vulnerable populations
  • Worker health in indigenous communities
  • Health effects of exposure to heavy metals, especially arsenic and lead
  • Policy implications and responses to environmental exposures in the 21st century

“Environmental health is a critical issue in the Asia Pacific region, and the East-West Center is pleased to collaborate on this timely conference, which addresses environmental exposures in indigenous communities and other key topics,” said EWC Director of Research Nancy Lewis. “This year’s meeting has a heightened focus on policy implications, with a goal of stimulating innovative solutions to some of the region’s most pressing health challenges.” 

The meeting will include training workshops in the areas of children’s environmental health and integrated environmental health risk assessment, as well as a session dedicated to student presentations.

Attendance at the conference is by paid registration only, with registration available on site. For more information, visit:

Headquartered at the East-West Center in Honolulu, The Pacific Basin Consortium (PBC) was established in 1986 by a group of scientists and engineers to facilitate dialogue and cooperation among scientists, industry professionals, government officials, students and policy makers regarding the problems associated with hazardous waste production, management and remediation in the Pacific Basin. Over the years, the PBC has adopted a greatly expanded focus to reflect the importance of addressing inter-related environment and health issues in the Pacific Basin Region.

The objectives of the PBC are to:

  • Promote technology and information exchange on environment and health issues.
  • Develop a network of individuals and organizations expert in research and policies relating to environment and health.
  • Develop sustainable, affordable alternatives and solutions to environmental health problems.
  • Serve as an objective source of analysis, review and critique.
  • Stimulate, coordinate and conduct research on and promote sustainable policy.

Co-sponsors of this year’s conference include AusAID, the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, CIHR Institute of Aboriginal People’s Health and the Children’s Health and Environment Program.