California EPA’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) will conduct a symposium on children’s health February 25-26, 2014, in Sacramento. According to OEHHA, the agency will conduct the symposium “to hear some of the latest science regarding impacts of chemical exposures during development. This is a broad topic and thus we are focusing in three areas: 1) epigenetic changes from environmental exposures; 2) impacts of toxicants on the developing lung and brain: 3) new in vitro methods for assessing potential for developmental toxicity.”

OEHHA hopes that regulatory scientists in the state will begin thinking about (i) “How to incorporate complex interactions into risk assessment, particularly for early life exposures”; (ii) “How to incorporate information from new toxicity testing paradigms into risk assessments now; and” (iii) “How to incorporate impacts of non-chemical stressors that increase vulnerability, and whether current methods of risk assessment adequately account for at least some of the vulnerabilities (e.g., use of weighting factors in cancer risk assessment, use of uncertainty factors).”The University of California, San Francisco Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit is a symposium co-sponsor.