Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York

Fordham University
Department of Computer & Information Science
The Graduate Student Association

Chronic Mercury Exposure and Neurodevelopmental Disease by
David Dayya, D.O., M.P.H.
Attending Physician, Department of Family Medicine
St. Barnabas Hospital
Affiliate of the New York Presbyterian Healthcare System

Date:Friday, April 27, 2007; 3:00pm
Location:  Lincoln Center, LL 816

The role of toxins in our environment and their role in chronic diseases has been the subject of great interest and offers significant research opportunities. The national goal-setting Healthy People 2010 report issued by the U.S. DHHS concluded that environmental research was one of its key priorities. The public has voiced great concerns with respect to a causal link between toxins and diseases such as autism and other neuro-developmental diseases, a variety of cancers, autoimmune diseases such as Systemic Lupus Erthematosis, neuro-degenerative conditions such as multiple sclerosis and Lou Gherig's disease. Many links have already been established yet many researchers feel that the associations made to date are only the tip of the iceberg. Computer and Information Science offers huge potential in facilitating the environmental toxicology researcher's efforts to investigate these concerns. The talk will focus primarily on mercury exposure and autism as a prototype-example to illustrate the research challenges, potentials and controversies posed.

David Dayya, D.O., M.P.H. received a B.S. degree from Rutgers, The State University of N.J. with a degree in Chemistry, a medical degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of N.J. (UMDNJ) and completed his post-graduate residency training in New York City. He is certified in both Family Medicine and Occupational and Environmental Medicine. His present research interests include Environmental Toxins and their possible associations with chronic diseases, conducted jointly with Fordham University. Dr. Dayya also holds credentials in the field of Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine, and is certified as a Scuba Diving Instructor with both P.A.D.I. and N.A.U.I.

Dr. Dayya holds an advanced degree in Public Health with a concentration in Biostatistics and Epidemiology through the University of Connecticut. He has served with both the Indian Health Service and the National Health Service Corps divisions of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and continues his commitment to the same medically underserved community. He practices in New York City at St. Barnabas Hospital and holds faculty appointments with Weill Cornell Medical College, University of Medicine and Dentistry of N.J., Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, and the New York Institute of Technology. Dr. Dayya is active in academic medicine and has received "Teaching Attending of the Year" Awards for 2000, 2002, and 2003. He has also received a national award for teaching from the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM)and he has been awarded for "Clinical Excellence" in patient care.

For more information, contact:
Ms. Diane Roche (718) 817-4480; (

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