Environmental and health experts gather for Wyatt Symposium on April 4

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 14, 2024) – The 2024 John P. Wyatt, MD Symposium on Environment and Health will be held on Thursday, April 4, 2024, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., in the Great Court of the J. David Rosenberg College of Law on the campus of the University of Kentucky.

The Wyatt Symposium honors the legacy of John P. Wyatt and his pioneering environmental clinical research on air pollution and lung pathology. Universities and agencies from across the state have collaborated to present research and practice on the environment and its impact on health.

The symposium will begin with a poster session at 9 a.m., followed by welcoming remarks from UK President Eli Capilouto, Lexington-Fayette Mayor Linda Gorton and Acting Dean of the College of Public Health at United Kingdom, Heather Bush, at 10:00.

Arthur Frank, MD, Ph.D., will present the keynote address: “Minerals, Plants and Policy – Public Health in Action.” Frank is Professor and Chair Emeritus in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health at the Dornsife School of Public Health, Drexel University.

“Dr. “Frank is an exemplary champion of public health who has dedicated his career to research and advocacy on occupational and environmental issues, including lung diseases such as asbestosis, a completely preventable disease,” said symposium organizer Erin Haynes. , Kurt W. Deuschle Professor of Preventive Medicine and Environmental Health and director of the UK Center for the Environment.” He has achieved international recognition in the field of occupational pulmonary safety and health.As the first head of Preventive Medicine and Environmental Health at the UK College of Medicine and initiator of the Master of Science in Public Health, Dr. Frank is one of the fathers founder of the College of Public Health. It is a tremendous honor to recognize his achievements as we celebrate the 20th anniversary of our college.”

Frank said, “It is a real pleasure to return to the University of Kentucky and I am honored to be Wyatt’s keynote speaker this year. The discipline of Public Health has contributed greatly to the betterment of humanity and progress has been made in protecting the health and well-being of workers and those with environmental exposures. There is still work to be done, but the training and education of new public health practitioners will help continue progress as solutions to outstanding problems continue to be addressed.”

Lunch will be provided and the noon panel discussion will focus on “Public Health in Action,” moderated by Luz Huntington-Moskos, Ph.D., RN, CPN (associate professor, School of Nursing and director of the Core of Engagement in Community for the Center for Integrative Environmental Health Sciences, University of Louisville), and subject matter experts Jessica Dean, Esq. (Law Offices of Dean Omar Branham Shirley), Thomas C. Tucker, Ph.D., MPH (Professor, UK College of Public Health and Senior Director for Cancer Surveillance at the Markey Cancer Center) and Cheryl Dean- Witt, Ph.D. ., RN (Senior Agricultural Extension Specialist, UK Martin-Gatton College of Agriculture, Food and Environment).

Registration is still open. Registrants may participate in person or by zoom. For a full agenda and to register, visit https://www.research.uky.edu/john-p-wyatt-symposium/2024.

This event was made possible by the generous support of the John P. Wyatt family and most notably a gift from his son, Philip Wyatt. Symposium partners include the UK Center for the Environment, the UK Office of the Vice President for Research, the UK Center for Appalachian Research in Environmental Sciences, the UK Superfund Research Centre, the Kentucky Climate Consortium, Kentucky Water Research Institute, Kentucky Geological Survey, UK Office of Sustainability, UK Tracy Farmer Institute for Sustainability and the Environment, Eastern Kentucky University, Kentucky State University, Murray State University, University of Northern Kentucky, Thomas More University and the University of Louisville.

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