The International Society of Exposure Science honored Stephen Rappaport with the Jerome J. Wesolowski Award at its 2010 conference in Seoul, South Korea. The award recognizes his outstanding contributions to the knowledge and practice of human exposure assessment.
Director of the Center for Exposure Biology and a lead investigator at the Genes and Environment Laboratory at UC Berkeley, Rappaport is a pioneer in the development and application of biomarkers of exposure to toxic chemicals. His research explores how humans metabolize toxins such as benzene and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and quantifies individual variability in biomarker levels due to genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors.
Although Rappaport could not attend the Seoul conference to present his remarks, they have been published in the Society's journal.1 In his commentary, Rappaport argues that the field of exposure science has an important opportunity to help determine the major causes of chronic disease, which we now know to be largely of 'environmental' rather than genetic origin. But to do so, he encourages exposure scientists to embrace the concept of the 'exposome' representing all exposures received by people during life from both external sources (air, water, diet) and internal sources (inflammation, lipid peroxidation, hormones, etc.).
Previous recipients of the Jerome J. Wesolowski award include COEH faculty Kirk Smith and Tom McKone from UC Berkeley.
1 Rappaport, SM. Implications of the exposome for exposure science. J Expo Sci Environ Epidemiol. 2011 Jan;21(1):5-9.
An electronic copy of the paper is available from Professor Rappaport by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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