2014 - 2015 Seminar Series
Oct. 3, 2014: Dr. Laura Vandenberg
Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental Health Sciences, UMass Amherst, Amherst, MA
"From hormones to endocrine disruptors: lessons learned (and not learned)"
Friday October 3, 2014 at 12:30 pm, MBH 216
"We live in a chemical stew. With tens of thousands of chemicals on the market, human exposures to many compounds are widespread. In fact, scientists have measured hundreds in the human body - including the bodies of newborns. Some of these chemicals, so-called endocrine disruptors, interfere with the actions of hormones in the body. Research from epidemiology, behavioral sciences, cell biology, environmental health sciences, toxicology, molecular biology and many other fields has contributed to our knowledge about endocrine disruptors. This talk will review some of the latest science - and discuss why public health professionals have struggled to deal with how these chemicals should be tested and regulated. We will also delve into the political arena that surrounds discussions of endocrine disruptors, and whether much of the ongoing controversy is an example of 'manufactured doubt'."
Co-Sponsored by the Department of Biology, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Program in Molecular Biology & Biochemistry, and Program in Environmental Studies