2014 Symposium

The Children’s Environmental Health Institute (CEHI) was pleased to present our Eighth Biennial Scientific Symposium on November 13-14, Prenatal Environmental Exposures as a Determinant of
Early Childhood and Adult Disease

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McKinney Roughs Nature Park and Education Center
1884 Hwy 71 West
Cedar Creek, TX 78612 (13 miles East of Austin-Bergstrom International Airport)
November 13 & 14, 2014

Speaker Objectives (pdf)

2014 Scientific Symposium Faculty

Keynote Speakers:

ConryJeanne Conry, MD, Assistant Physician in Chief, The Permanente Medical Group, Associate Clinical Professor, University of California Davis Health System, Immediate Past President, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, District IX, and Center for Disease Control, member of select panel on Preconception Care.

Grandjean2011Philippe Grandjean, MD, DMSc, Professor and Chair of Environmental Medicine at the University of Southern Denmark and Adjunct Professor of Environmental Health at Harvard University will provide a keynote address.  As published by Dr. Grandjean, “Neurodevelopmental disabilities, including autism, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, dyslexia, and other cognitive impairments, affect millions of children worldwide, and some diagnoses seem to be increasing in frequency. Industrial chemicals that injure the developing brain are among the known causes for this rise in prevalence.“

The following leading experts offered scientifically-based evidence that links exposure to toxic environmental agents and adverse reproductive and developmental health outcomes to early childhood and adult diseases: (listed alphabetically)

laura-anderkophoto 2Laura Anderko, PhD, RN, Robert and Kathleen Scanlon Endowed Chair in Values Based Health Care, Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellow Alumna, Professor, School of Nursing & Health Studies, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.

Buchanan photo 2Susan Buchanan, MD, MPH,
Director of the Great Lakes Center for Children’s Environmental Health, Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit, Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, Chicago, Illinois

DudleyDDonald Dudley, MD
William T. Moore Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Director, Division of Maternal- Fetal Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Virginia School of Medicine

Gunsolus-RoyRoy Gunsolus, AIA, ACHA, LEED AP BD+C
Principal and Senior Vice President, Director of Sustainable Healthcare,HKS Architects, Dallas, Texas

Fletcher Harper photoRev. Fletcher Harper, Executive Director, GreenFaith, Highland Park, New Jersey

Lowry 2Jennifer Lowry, MD, Director, Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit; Medical Director, Center for Environmental Health; Professor, Pediatric Pharmacology and Medical Toxicology Children’s Mercy Hospitaland Clinics, Kansas City, MO

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Claudia S. Miller, MD, MS
Visiting Senior Scientist, Harvard School of Public Health, Professor Emeritus in the Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Texas School of Medicine, San Antonio, TX

Leslie Myatt, PhD
Professor, Co-Director, Center for Pregnancy and Newborn Research,Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, Texas

Meredith Oltmann, PhD

Assistant Professor of Biology, College of Science, Concordia University, Austin, Texas

peralesRoger B. Perales, MPH, RS, CIEC, Senior Lecturer, Department of Family and Community Medicine,University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio, TX


We want to thank our partners for their generous support!

Saint Susie Charitable Foundation
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Saint David’s Foundation
Reliant Energy
Austin Energy
Southwest Center for Pediatric Environmental Health

Service Partners
Special Audience Marketing
Concordia University School of Nursing

Continuing Education:

“This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Texas Medical Association and the Children’s Environmental Health Institute.  The Texas Medical Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.”

The Texas Medical Association designates this live activity for a maximum of 9 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™, including 1.25 ethics and/or professional responsibility credit.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Target Audience
Join medical professionals,public health and private sector agencies, not-for-profit agencies, faith communities, public policy representatives, built environment sector and child and family advocate organizations, research scientists and government officials in attending the 2014 Scientific Symposium.

McKinney Roughs is an 1,100 acre nature park where characteristics of four ecosystems– Post Oak Savannah, Blackland Prairie, East Texas Piney Woods, and a riparian zone– converge to create an unusual blend of natural resources. McKinney Roughs is home to hundreds of plant and animal species living within the rolling box canyons, wildflower meadows and lazy river bends of the Texas Colorado River.  The address is 1884 Hwy 71 West, Cedar Creek, TX 78612.  The phone is 512–303–5073 or 800–776–LCRA, Ext. 8021

Suggested Hotels:

*  HYATT REGENCY LOST PINES RESORT AND SPA (Adjoining McKinney Roughs) – A limited number of rooms under the name “Children’s Environmental Health Institute” are available at a very special rate of $209 until October 17.  Shuttle service to the symposium will be provided by the Hyatt.  To book your room reservation, please click here.  If you require additional assistance, please contact 1-888-421-1442.

*  HILTON AUSTIN AIRPORT (About 12 minutes) – Rooms are being held under a block “Children’s Environmental Health Institute” for $161.96 plus tax.  Follow the link below to reserve directly under that room block.
9515 Hotel Drive, Austin TX 78719

7625 East Ben White Blvd, Austin, TX  78741

* DORMITORIES AT MCKINNEY ROUGHS EDUCATION CENTER AND PARK (on-site within walking distance of the meeting)A limited number of dormitories split by male/female, and with private showers and stalls, are available on site for a reduced rate dependent on the final number of participants staying ($86 per night; $30 per night if 20 or more book for Thursday, Nov. 13).  This is being coordinated by Baylor College of Medicine Staff.  If interested contact Rebecca.Bruhl@bcm.edu

Film Showing of “Unacceptable Levels”:
Unacceptable Levels examines the results of the chemical revolution of the 1940s through the eyes of affable filmmaker Ed Brown, a father seeking to understand the world in which he and his wife are raising their children. To create this debut documentary, one man and his camera traveled extensively to find and interview top minds in the fields of science, advocacy, and law.  Weaving their testimonies into a compelling narrative, Brown presents us with the story of how the chemical revolution brought us to where we are, and of where, if we’re not vigilant, it may take us.

Unacceptable Levels opens the door to conversations about the chemical burden our bodies carry so that we can make informed decisions now and in the future.  The film poses challenges to our companies, our government, and our society to do something about a nearly-unseen threat with the inspired knowledge that small changes can generate a massive impact.


 “Every pregnant woman in America is exposed to many different chemicals in the environment. Prenatal exposure to certain chemicals is linked to miscarriages, stillbirths, and birth defects. Many chemicals that pregnant women absorb or ingest from the environment can cross the placenta to the fetus.”
Jeanne A. Conry, MD, PhD, President of The College of Obstetricians and Gynecologist

“Nurses are trusted professionals and essential in efforts to educate childbearing women and their families about the risks inherent in a variety of environmental exposures, including the food we eat.”
Laura Anderko, PhD, RN, Professor, School of Nursing & Health Studies, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.

“Architects have a greater ability to improve public health than Medical professionals.”
HKS Architects

Effects can be significant for adults, but even more so for children during critical windows of development—particularly brain development. Some of us are especially vulnerable to the adverse effects of environmental exposures depending upon our individual genetic susceptibility. Families expecting a baby may be at especially high risk for such exposures.”
Claudia Miller, MD, MS, Professor, Occupational and Environmental Medicine, University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio.

The air we breathe, the water we drink, and other factors of our environment affect our health and well being on a daily basis.  GreenFaith’s mission is to inspire, educate and mobilize people of diverse religious backgrounds for environmental leadership.”