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HEAL participates on CHE call “Endocrine Disruption: Widening the Scope”

Executive Director Génon K. Jensen recently took part in one of the teleconference series on EDCs organised by the Collaborative on Health and the Environment. This particular call focused on how chemicals in air pollution impact on children’s health.

This most recent CHE call in the series on endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) featured Dr. Frederica Perera, Director of the Columbia Centre for Children’s Environmental Health (left) who spoke about the effects of prenatal exposures to EDCs on childhood development.

Chemicals in polluted air can contribute to development delays, behavioural problems and reduced IQ levels in children. During the call Dr. Perera reviewed data from a longitudinal cohort study following mothers and children from pregnancy into adolescence. In this study, prenatal exposure to the combustion related air pollutants, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, is associated with adverse neurodevelopmental outcomes as well as other disease endpoints. Prevention strategies were also discussed during the call.

You can download the audio recording here and read her recent review in the Lancet Children’s environmental health: a critical challenge of our time

HEAL addresses environmental health concerns through its partnership with the US-based CHE, which strengthens the science dialogue on environmental factors impacting human health. Executive Director Génon K. Jensen participated on this call.

Originally posted on 11 April 2014

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