2018 One Health One Planet Symposium
Health Impacts: Chemicals of Concern in the Environment

Opening Reception and Keynote Wed., March 7; 5 – 9 p.m.
Symposium Thurs., March 8; 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
Pittsburgh, PA

We are excited to announce that the theme of the 2018 One Health One Planet symposium will be Health Impacts: Chemicals of Concern in the Environment, with a special focus on endocrine disruptors. 

Full Agenda Now Available

A full agenda for this year's symposium, including abstracts and speaker bios, is now available for download.

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Opening Reception and Keynote Speaker: Pete Myers, Ph.D.

Wed., March 7; 5 – 9 p.m.

Introduction: Terrence J. Collins, Ph.D. — Teresa Heinz Professor of Green Chemistry, Carnegie Mellon University

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This year's event will open with an evening of tours, networking and a keynote by John Peterson “Pete” Myers, founder, CEO and chief scientist of Environmental Health Sciences, a not-for-profit organization that promotes public understanding of advances in scientific research on links between the environment and human health. He is on the management team of the Fan Initiative and the boards of the Science Communication Network and the Jenifer Altman Foundation. He has also previously served as board chair of the National Environmental Trust, board president of the Consultative Group on Biological Diversity and board chair of the H. John Heinz Center for Science, Economics and the Environment. He is an adjunct professor of chemistry at Carnegie Mellon University and lectures around the world.

Symposium Schedule and Speakers

Thurs., March 8; 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Opening Remarks: Richard Piacentini — Executive Director, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
8 – 8:10 a.m.

Session 1: Chemicals of Concern in the Environment and Subsequent Impacts on Health
8:10 – 10:10 a.m.

  • Val Beasley, D.V.M., Ph.D., Dipl. A.B.V.T. — Professor of Veterinary, Wildlife, and Ecological Toxicology, Pennsylvania State University
  • Daniel Martineau, D.M.V., M.Sc., Ph.D., Dipl. A.C.V.P. — Professor (retired), Department of Pathology and Microbiology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Université de Montréal
  • Tyrone Hayes, Ph.D. — Professor of Integrative Biology, University of California, Berkeley
  • Vicki Blazer, Ph.D. — Research Fish Ecologist, U.S. Geological Survey
  • Moderator: Sarah States, Ph.D. — Director of Research and Science Education, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Coffee Break
10:10 – 10:25 a.m.

Session 2: Additional Routes of Exposure for Humans and Animals
10:25 – 11:55 a.m.

  • Matthew DeNardo, Ph.D. — Postdoctoral Research Associate, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Richard Piacentini — Executive Director, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
  • Alexis Temkin, Ph.D. — Toxicologist, Environmental Working Group
  • Moderator: Richard Piacentini — Executive Director, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Boxed Lunch
11:55 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Session 3: The Human Health Impacts of Chemical Exposures: A Focus on Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals
1 – 3:30 p.m.

  • Shanna Swan, Ph.D. — Professor of Environmental Medicine and Public Health, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
  • Jennifer Adibi, M.P.H., Sc.D. — Assistant Professor of Epidemiology, Department of Obstetrics/Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health
  • Bruce Blumberg, Ph.D. — Professor, Developmental and Cell Biology, School of Biological Sciences, University of California, Irvine
  • Leonardo Trasande, M.D., M.P.P. — Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Environmental Medicine and Population Health, NYU School of Medicine
  • Aly Cohen, M.D., F.A.C.R., FABoIM — Founder and Medical Director, The Smart Human™
  • Moderator: Terrence J. Collins, Ph.D. — Teresa Heinz Professor of Green Chemistry, Carnegie Mellon University

Coffee Break
3:30 – 3:45 p.m.

Breakout Session: Taking Action to Minimize Risk
3:45 – 4:45 p.m.

Closing Remarks: Richard Piacentini — Executive Director, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
4:45 – 5 p.m.

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We are seeing unprecedented changes in the earth’s environmental and physical processes. Climate change, air pollution, reduced availability of clean water, and persistent toxic chemicals threaten human, animal, and environmental health and well-being.

To build a shared interdisciplinary vision of “health” and serve as a catalyst for positive change, Phipps Conservatory brings together leaders to explore global and local environmental issues and their effects on human, animal and environmental health through the One Health Initiative. One Health is a movement that is forging a new level of collaboration among physicians, veterinarians, scientific-health and environmentally-related disciplines. Thought leaders from disparate fields promote strategies to expand interdisciplinary understanding and communication in all aspects of healthcare for humans, animals and the environment.

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Science Communication Workshop

Phipps is proud to meet the needs of the scientific community and One Health One Planet conference attendees with an interactive Science Communication Workshop on Wed., March 7 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

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Last Year's Symposium Success

The 2017 One Health, One Planet Symposium connected hundreds of attendees with thought leaders from UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, Harvard School of Public Health, Women for a Healthy Environment and numerous other prestigious universities and institutions for talks on epidemics, epigenetics, community health, zoological medicine and more. 


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The Phipps Research Institute for Biophilia and Science Engagement acknowledges the connection between human and environmental health. The institute studies the built and natural environments and their intersection with human health and wellness.

Questions? Contact Dr. Sarah States at sstates@phipps.conservatory.org.

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Colcom Foundation

The Heinz Endowments

Presented in Partnership with

Green Building Alliance

The Institute for Green Science at Carnegie Mellon University

International Living Future Institute

National Aviary

Sustainable Pittsburgh

UPMC Health Plan

Women for a Healthy Environment