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dc.contributor.authorNelson, Jessica W.en_US
dc.contributor.authorScammell, Madeleine Kangsenen_US
dc.contributor.authorAltman, Rebecca Gasioren_US
dc.contributor.authorWebster, Thomas F.en_US
dc.contributor.authorOzonoff, David M.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2012-01-09T14:34:17Z
dc.date.available2012-01-09T14:34:17Z
dc.date.issued2009-04en_US
dc.identifier.citationNelson, 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.issn1552-9924en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2144/2775
dc.description.abstractBACKGROUND. 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.sponsorshipNational Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (R25 ES12084, P42ES007381)en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherNational Institute of Environmental Health Sciencesen_US
dc.subjectBiomonitoringen_US
dc.subjectConsensus conferenceen_US
dc.subjectEnvironmental health surveillanceen_US
dc.subjectParticipatory democracyen_US
dc.subjectResearch translationen_US
dc.titleA New Spin on Research Translation: The Boston Consensus Conference on Human Biomonitoringen_US
dc.typearticleen_US
dc.identifier.doi10.1289/ehp.0800037en_US
dc.identifier.pubmedid19440485en_US
dc.identifier.pmcid2679590en_US


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