CTSI seminar explores endocrine disruptors’ effect on prenatal and postnatal development

shawreeShaw-Ree Chen, PhD will be presenting a lecture on “Dietary Exposures to Endocrine Disruptors in Low Income Pregnancies” for the Tuesday, October 8th session of the CTSI Seminar Series. Dr. Chen summarizes the seminar:

Endocrine disruptors are chemicals that may interfere with the body’s endocrine system and produce adverse developmental, reproductive, neurological, and immune effects in both humans and wildlife.  These chemicals are found in products that we use every day. In fact, one of the major sources is food, so it’s not surprising that we all have detectable levels of EDCs in our bodies. Research shows that endocrine disruptors may pose the greatest risk during prenatal and early postnatal development when organ and neural systems are forming.  However, very little is known about the best ways of reducing our exposure to these ubiquitous chemicals and how information about EDCs can be provided to women, particularly during pregnancy, to reduce risks.

The theme of the Fall CTSI Seminar Series is “From Test Tube to Table: Understanding the Evolving Science of Nutrition Research.” The series takes place on Tuesdays from 12:15-1:15 pm in the Helen Wood Hall Auditorium. You can access the full schedule here. Lunch is provided. Please provide your own beverage. The University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry designates this live educational activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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