Mercury expert to speak on human health impacts, May 2 in State Capitol
Jane Hightower, MD, author of the exposé Diagnosis: Mercury, will be the keynote speaker at an event highlighting the ongoing human health impacts of mercury in California’s environment.
Dr. Hightower, a national expert on mercury, will speak about her research into the health impacts of consuming mercury-contaminated fish, with a special focus on the irreversible neurological impacts of this exposure to children during pregnancy and childhood.
The event “Mercury and Human Health: An informational summit on the impacts of mercury exposure through fish consumption” will be held in the California State Capitol hearing room 2040 on May 2, 2014 from 1:00 - 3:00 pm. It will feature a presentation by Dr. Hightower, other guest speakers, and a question session.
The event is hosted by nonprofit The Sierra Fund, with co-sponsors Senator Fran Pavley, Physicians for Social Responsibility/Sacramento, Sierra Health Foundation, California Indian Environmental Alliance and California State University, Chico.
The Sierra Fund is the only nonprofit community foundation dedicated to the Sierra Nevada. Our mission is to increase and organize investment in the region's natural resources and communities.
We pursue this mission three ways: through Advocacy to bring public funding to the region, Philanthropy to provide a vehicle for private funding, and Strategic Campaigns that pursue critically needed programs in the Sierra.