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Toxic aftermath of 9/11 is topic of all-day conference

The Lower Manhattan Public Health Project, which is coordinated by Dr. Donna Flayhan (Communication and Media) will sponsor a free all-day conference, titled “The Toxic Aftermath of 9/11: An Emerging Health Crisis” beginning at 10 a.m. on Monday, June 12, in Lecture Center 100.

The conference will focus on research results by individuals and organizations to understand illnesses emerging from 9/11 so that residents of New York City and the emergency service personnel of 9/11 may get answers, benefits and treatment.

Medical expert Dr. Stephen M. Levin, director of the World Trade Center Medical Monitoring Program, will present his findings. Other presenters include: David Worby, lawyer, Worby, Groner, Edelman, Napoli & Bern, LLC, who represents more than 8,000 people affected by 9/11 in a federal law suit; Dr. Rebecca Bascom of Penn State Hershey Medical Center, who has studied the toxic effects of 9/11 in employees of the New York Police Department; and Dr. Christine Oliver of Harvard Medical School and director of Occupational and Environmental Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital.

In addition, individuals with health problems associated with the toxic aftermath of 9/11 will share their stories, and Alison Johnson, a freelance editor, will debut her documentary film, “The Toxic Clouds of 9/11: A Looming Health Disaster.” Johnson is the producer of “Gulf War Syndrome: Aftermath of a Toxic Battle Field,” which was used to educate Gulf War veterans about the latest science in toxic injuries, lung injuries, chemical sensitivities and auto immune disorders.

Flayhan has worked in communication and public health research and on public health campaigns since 1990.

For more information, contact Flayhan at or at (845) 679-2583.

The Lower Manhattan Public Health Project is supported by two grants from SUNY New Paltz.

JUNE 5, 2006
Volume 4, Issue 11

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