International Dose-Response Society hosts 13th Annual Conference

March 6, 2014

The International Dose-Response Society will host its 13th Annual Conference on Adaptive Responses in Biology and Medicine Translational Biology on April 22-23, 2014 on the UMass Amherst campus. Organized by Professors Edward Calabrese and Paul Kostecki of the Division of Environmental Health Sciences, the Dose-Response Conference addresses some of the most critical challenges facing the field of toxicology, pharmacology, radiation biology and medicine today, that is the significance of the biological effects of low level exposures. Toxicology is in rapid transition from that of a high dose hazards assessment profession to one that addresses the nature of more realistic exposures, which are predominantly in the low dose zone. Knowledge of low dose effects is becoming a driving force in the field of risk assessment and chemotherapeutics. This conference provides a significant opportunity to bring together leading scientists across a broad range of biological and biomedical disciplines to seek common understandings on how biological systems respond to low level stresses and their implications within society.

The 2014 Dose Response Conference, Adaptive Responses in Biology and Medicine, explores the rapidly emerging area of Preconditioning, its biomedical implications, its dose response features and its underlying mechanisms. Speakers at the conference will address recent discoveries concerning how preconditioning may be used to protect against environmental stressor agents, slow down and prevent a wide range of neurological and cardiovascular diseases, and how such knowledge can be translated into medical practice, taking into consideration the challenges of human inter-individual variation. The convergence of scientists from multiple disciplines on this topic is designed to provide a greater interactive focus on the topic of low dose responses and hopefully prevent further professional/academic isolation with respect to language, concept and interpretation of low dose effects. The conference will also provide the most current advances in the nature of the dose response with respect to chemical and radiation induced stresses as well as a host of effects of pharmaceutical agents that have profound biomedical and risk assessment implications.

The International Dose-Response Society is administered by the School of Public Health and Health Sciences at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. More information on the conference, along with links to registration and abstract submission, are available on the International Dose-Response Society’s website.