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NIMD Forum 2006
Recent Topics of Fetal Methylmercury Exposure and Its Effects

Opening Session  
9:00 - 9:15
Opening Address
Dr. Komyo Eto, Director General, National Institute for Minamata Disease
 
Welcome Remarks
Dr. Tatsuya Aoki, Director, Special Environmental Disease Office, Ministry of the Environment
1
Morning Session
Moderators:Dr. Hiroshi Satoh (Tohoku University)
Dr. Tim Meredith (WHO)
 
9:15 - 9:40
Dietary advisories and public information
Dr. Pal Weihe (Faroese Hospital Systemj
2
9:40 - 10:05
Choosing the age for assessment of neurotoxicity
Dr. Frodi Debes (University of Southern Denmark)
12
10:05 - 10:30
Joint analysis of the two Faroese cohorts assessing the effect of prenatal mercury exposure in 7 year old children
Dr. Esben Budtz-Jorgensen (University of Copenhagen)
31
10:30 - 10:50 Break

 
10:50 - 11:15
Selenium as a potential protective factor against mercury developmental neurotoxicity
Dr. Anna Choi (Harvard School of Public Health)
36
11:15 - 11:40
Lesson from an animal experiment of combined exposure to methylmercury and PCBs on neurobehavioral influences in mice
Dr. Norio Sugawara (Tohoku University)
41
11:40 - 12:05
Effects of gspikeh (short-term peak) exposure to methylmercury on mercury accumulation and neuronal degeneration in the brain
Dr. Shunfichi Honda (National Institute for Minamata Disease)
54
12:05 - 13:05 Lunch  

Afternoon Session
Moderators: Dr. Philippe Grandjean (University of South Denmark)
Dr. Antero Aitio (Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, Ex-WHO)
 
13:15 - 13:40
Correlations between mercury concentrations in umbilical cord tissue and other biomarkers of fetal exposure to methylmercury in Japanese population
Dr. Mineshi Sakamoto (National Institute for Minamata Disease)
65
13:40 - 14:05
Imprecision of cord tissue mercury and other biomarkers of prenatal
methylmercury exposure, and the implications for exposure limits
Dr. Philippe Grandjean (University of South Denmark)
76
14:05 - 14:30
Effects of breast feeding on neuropsychological development in a community with methylmercury exposure from seafood
Dr. Tina Jensen (University of South Denmark)
90
14:30 - 14:55
Tohoku study of child development, a cohort study to examine the effects of perinatal exposure to methylmercury, PCB or dioxins on child development; the association of neonatal neurobehavioral status with maternal hair mercury concentration and fish intake
Dr. Keita Suzuki (Tohoku University)
97
14:45 - 15:15 Break

 
15:15 - 15:40
Neuromotor dysfunction in patients with fetal Minamata disease
Dr. Katsuyuki Murata (Akita University)
106
15:40 - 16:05
Retrospective assessment of prenatal exposure to methylmercury from whaling records
Ms. Maria Skaalum (University of South Denmark)
110
16:05 - 16:35
IPCS assessments of the risks from exposure to methylmercury
Dr. Antero Aitio (Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, Ex-WHO)
Dr. Tim Meredith (WHO)
116
Closing Session

 
16:35 - 16:50
Closing remarks
Dr. Tim Meredith (WHO)