Biological signs of disease examined at National Academies event

The workshop focused on biomarkers of effect, which are molecular changes that result from exposure to environmental and social stressors.

Exposure to environmental and social stressors can cause molecular changes that lead to poor health outcomes, but identifying which changes are true indicators of adverse effects or potential risk is a challenge. Environmental health scientists say that more knowledge about such biological indicators — called biomarkers of effect — could shed light on the progression of certain diseases and spur medical advances.

Researchers from academia, government, and industry shared their latest findings on biomarkers of effect at an NIEHS-sponsored virtual meeting August 12-13. The scientists discussed ways to develop new biomarkers and validate their usefulness, and they examined how biomarker analysis could advance the field of health disparities and help disadvantaged populations.

Read more about JPB Fellow Chandra Jackson’s participation in the event.