VVA, in association with the Yale School of Nursing, will
sponsor the Yale Vietnam Conference 2002, September 13-15. The
conference will be a historic gathering of American and
Vietnamese scientists, veterans, health care professionals, and
students to discuss the continuing ecological and health effects
of the American war in Vietnam.
"The focus of most of the conference will be on Agent
Orange, but we also will be looking at the entire range of toxic
legacies of the Vietnam War," said Linda Schwartz, chair of VVA’s Health Care Task Force and the conference’s project
director. "That includes birth defects in children caused by
Agent Orange and other chemicals; the long-term health
consequences of chronic stress among veterans; and the problems
of cancer, HIV, hepatitis C, and autoimmune diseases associated
with exposures encountered in Vietnam."
In addition, conferees will learn about joint U.S.-Vietnam
research projects on Agent Orange, including previous work and
future activities. There also will be sessions on the link
between environmental damage and human health.
Among the speakers taking part in the conference are Theo
Colborn, chief scientist of the World Wildlife Fund and author
of Our Stolen Future; Dr. Kenneth Olden, director of the
National Institute of Environmental Health Science; Dr. Wayne Dwernychuk of Hatfield Consultants, which has been doing
environmental and health research in Vietnam since the early
1990s; and Prof. Vo Quy, director of the University of Hanoi’s
Center of Natural Resources and Environment.
In addition to Schwartz, VVA’s contingent at the conference
will include National President Thomas H. Corey, Agent
Orange/Dioxin Committee Chair Paul Sutton, and Women Veterans
Committee Chair Marsha Four.
"Although peace has come to
Vietnam, the taint of battle remains," Schwartz said.
"Environmental and health problems of mutual concern provide the
impetus for a merging of talents and resources from two former
adversaries. We look at this conference as a way for individuals
and organizations from the United States and Vietnam to exchange
knowledge, to discuss concerns, and to plan mutual efforts to
address the unresolved questions that linger from a war now 27
years in the past."
The deadline for conference registration is September 2. To
register, call 203-785-5414, or log on to