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Risk Assessment Specialty Section (RASS) Monthly Webinar
The Environmental Health Language Collaborative: Using Harmonized Language to Address Environmental Health Challenges

Date: Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Time: 3:00 to 4:30 PM ET


Stephanie Holmgren, MSLS, MBA
Program Manager
Office of Data Science
National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences
Research Triangle Park, NC

Michelle Angrish, PhD
Center for Public Health and Environmental Assessment
Research Triangle Park, NC

Stephen Edwards, PhD
Senior Scientist
GenOmics, Bioinformatics, and Translational Research Center
RTI International
Research Triangle Park, NC

The lack of a common language has proven a barrier for toxicology research and practice by limiting the ability of researchers and policy makers to find data, to compare across study findings, to integrate study data, and to construct data to support computational modeling and knowledge discovery. To address this challenge, the NIEHS and partners are working to establish an Environmental Health Language Collaborative, which is a community-driven initiative to advance the development and application of harmonized language approaches within environmental health and toxicology. The Collaborative is currently organized around five initial use cases focused on discovery of exposure-specific data sets, integration of exposure data from multiple studies, bridging exposure to biology, identification of biomarkers of exposures, and describing place-based exposures. The process of community building started at a recent workshop held September 9-10, 2021, titled Catalyzing Knowledge-Driven Discovery in Environmental Health Sciences through a Harmonized Language. The first track of the workshop focused on formulating an approach to develop a sustainable and impactful environmental health sciences language community. The second track was dedicated to making progress on the initial use cases. This presentation will provide an overview of the proposed Collaborative and summary of the recent workshop, with the goal to align this initiative with other individual and group efforts. In addition, the presentation will highlight three use cases: discovery of exposure-specific data sets, utilization of biomarkers to monitor exposure events, and the connection of those events to biological responses.  (Disclaimer:  The views in this presentation are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views or policies of their respective employers). 

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