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A New Spin on Research Translation: The Boston Consensus Conference on Human Biomonitoring

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dc.contributor.author Nelson, Jessica W. en_US
dc.contributor.author Scammell, Madeleine Kangsen en_US
dc.contributor.author Altman, Rebecca Gasior en_US
dc.contributor.author Webster, Thomas F. en_US
dc.contributor.author Ozonoff, David M. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2012-01-09T14:34:17Z
dc.date.available 2012-01-09T14:34:17Z
dc.date.issued 2009-04 en_US
dc.identifier.citation Nelson, Jessica W., Madeleine Kangsen Scammell, Rebecca Gasior Altman, Thomas F. Webster, David M. Ozonoff. "A New Spin on Research Translation: The Boston Consensus Conference on Human Biomonitoring" Environmental Health Perspectives 117(4): 495-499. (2008) en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1552-9924 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2144/2775
dc.description.abstract BACKGROUND. Translating research to make it more understandable and effective (research translation) has been declared a priority in environmental health but does not always include communication to the public or residents of communities affected by environmental hazards. Their unique perspectives are also commonly missing from discussions about science and technology policy. The consensus conference process, developed in Denmark, offers a way to address this gap. OBJECTIVES. The Boston Consensus Conference on Human Biomonitoring, held in Boston, Massachusetts, in the fall of 2006, was designed to educate and elicit input from 15 Boston-area residents on the scientifically complex topic of human biomonitoring for environmental chemicals. This lay panel considered the many ethical, legal, and scientific issues surrounding biomonitoring and prepared a report expressing their views. DISCUSSION. The lay panel's findings provide a distinct and important voice on the expanding use of biomonitoring. In some cases, such as a call for opt-in reporting of biomonitoring results to study participants, they mirror recommendations raised elsewhere. Other conclusions have not been heard previously, including the recommendation that an individual's results should be statutorily exempted from the medical record unless permission is granted, and the opportunity to use biomonitoring data to stimulate green chemistry. CONCLUSION. The consensus conference model addresses both aspects of a broader conception of research translation: engaging the public in scientific questions, and bringing their unique perspectives to bear on public health research, practice, and policy. In this specific application, a lay panel's recommendations on biomonitoring surveillance, communication, and ethics have practical implications for the conduct of biomonitoring studies and surveillance programs. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (R25 ES12084, P42ES007381) en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences en_US
dc.subject Biomonitoring en_US
dc.subject Consensus conference en_US
dc.subject Environmental health surveillance en_US
dc.subject Participatory democracy en_US
dc.subject Research translation en_US
dc.title A New Spin on Research Translation: The Boston Consensus Conference on Human Biomonitoring en_US
dc.type article en_US
dc.identifier.doi 10.1289/ehp.0800037 en_US
dc.identifier.pubmedid 19440485 en_US
dc.identifier.pmcid 2679590 en_US


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