NIEHS Tamburro Symposium on Environmental Chemicals and Liver Disease


The liver is the primary target organ affected by chemical exposures. The Tamburro Symposium is the 1st dedicated conference on environmental chemicals and liver disease. It will be held 2014 September 11–12 at the University of Louisville’s new Clinical and Translational Research Building. Highlights of the two day conference include nearly 30 total lectures on

  1. mechanisms of liver injury and fibrosis,
  2. hepatic xenobiotic metabolism,
  3. halogenated aliphatics and metals,
  4. polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons,
  5. chemical carcinogenesis, and
  6. alternative testing strategies.

Key thought leaders including physicians and scientists from 13 institutions representing both academia and government will lecture. These speakers represent the largest concentration of thought leaders ever assembled with the purpose of defining the state of environmental hepatology. Abstract submission is open until September 5, and there will be a judged poster session.

Clinical Translation Research Building
Dusk landscape of the Clinical Translational Research BuildingSource: Prakash Patel Photography

UofL has a unique history in the study of chemical hepatotoxicity. The recognition of vinyl chloride-related hemangiosarcoma at a chemical plant in Louisville’s Rubbertown manufacturing complex is a critical sentinel event in occupational hepatology. The late Carlo Tamburro, MD, a hepatologist, was subsequently recruited to the University of Louisville to investigate and manage this problem. Dr. Tamburro initiated a large liver cancer screening and surveillance program in Rubbertown workers, and created a large human specimen bank and biorepository. This work continues today, and the Symposium on Environmental Chemicals and Liver Disease is held in Dr. Tamburro’s honor.

Dr. Tamburro
Portrait of Dr. Tamburro
Clinical & Translational Research Building
University of Louisville
505South Hancock Street
Louisville, Kentucky40202Get directions

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