“The Historical Foundations of Cancer Risk Assessment,” Edward Calabrese, UMass Amherst

Event time: 
Thursday, June 20, 2024 - 5:00pm through 6:30pm
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Edward Calabrese, PhD, Department of Environmental Health Sciences at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Event description: 


The Technology & Ethics Study Group will be hosting guest speaker Edward Calabrese, PhD, toxicologist and professor in the department of environmental health sciences at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Professor Calabrese is known for his research into hormesis or the biological response to the exposure of increasing amounts of a substance or condition. He will discuss his research into the historical foundations of cancer risk assessment which he calls a wretched history needing to be rewritten

Dr. Calabrese will provide a comprehensive overview of the evolution of the linear no-threshold model (LNT) in assessing cancer risk, as illustrated through approximately 100 scholarly articles from the fields of industrial hygiene, toxicology, health physics, and radiation health. These publications offer extensive documentation covering a century-long timeline that includes references to the scientists’ personal research diaries and private insights. Pertinent to our interest in technology ethics, he will discuss instances of scientific misrepresentation and misconduct that underscore the need for current re-validation to existing hypotheses.

Please email Joe Carvalko at joseph.carvalko@yale.edu to receive an event announcement with the link to join on Zoom.