Metropolitan Club, NYC, Thursday, June 21, 2018 – Dr. Geoffrey C. Kabat addressed a well-attended gathering of the Atlantic Legal Foundation’s executive board, advisory council, and other participants, on Thursday evening in the fireside Library Room at Manhattan’s Upper East Side Metropolitan Club.
Dr. Kabat engaged a captivated audience with a fascinating discussion of principles of sound science. He shared many examples that illustrate the good, bad, and ugly attempts by research scientists and organizations, governments, stakeholders, and the media to advance and resist popular topics of concern to public health. His presentation included discussion of current public health topics of concern and questions, including, for example, Do cell phones cause brain cancer? Does BPA threaten our health? How safe are certain dietary supplements, especially those containing exotic herbs or small amounts of toxic substances? Is the HPV vaccine safe? The audience peppered Dr. Kabat with questions, and he offered insightful debate and perspectives from his own research, as well as anecdotes from his many colleagues, collaborators, and detractors.
Dr. Kabat’s extraordinary career in epidemiology and cancer research has witnessed his publication of many papers, articles, books, and abstracts. This experience has informed the terrific perspectives that he shared during the dinner-presentation. A copy of his overview agenda for the presentation is available here: 20180621 Dr. Kabat’s ALF_talk_6-21-18.
Geoffrey Kabat is a cancer epidemiologist and author, who has been on the faculty of the Stony Brook University School of Medicine and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. In addition to 150 peer-reviewed scientific papers, he has written on health-related issues in Forbes and Slate. He has a long-standing interest in the perception of risk and the public’s understanding of science in the area of health and disease.
Attendees were also delighted to receive autographed copies of Dr. Kabat’s latest work, his book entitled “Getting Risk Right – Understanding the Science of Elusive Health Risks,” which is described in more detail on his website here: Geoffrey C. Kabat, PhD., and available on Amazon here: Getting Risk Right.