Generations at Risk? Environmental Challenges to Reproductive Health
Date: Thursday March 11, 2010
Speaker: Tracey J. Woodruff, Ph.D., M.P.H.
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A rapidly expanding body of research indicates that many reproductive health problems may be caused by exposure to chemicals that are widely dispersed in our environment and with which we come into contact on a daily basis. These problems include infertility, miscarriage, poor pregnancy outcomes, abnormal fetal development, early puberty, endometriosis, and diseases and cancers of reproductive organs. Phthalates, Bisphenol A, Teflon, and pesticides are a few of the chemicals that are highlighted in media stories and public policy debates due to increasing evidence of ubiquitous exposures in the population and potential health risks, particularly when exposures occur during vulnerable periods of development. Join Dr. Woodruff for an information discussion of the latest science and how you might be affected.
Tracey J. Woodruff, Ph.D., M.P.H. is an Associate Professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences at UCSF and the Director of the Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment. She has done extensive research and policy development on environmental health issues, with a particular emphasis on early-life development. Her research areas include perinatal health effects from air pollution, developing the first national characterization of air toxics across the US, children’s health risks, and environmental health indicators. She has authored numerous scientific publications and was previously at the US EPA, where she was a senior scientist and policy advisor in the Office of Policy, Economics, and Innovation. She is an Associate Editor and member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Environmental Health Perspectives. Dr. Woodruff received her Ph.D. and M.P.H. in the environmental health sciences from the University of California, Berkeley and completed a Pew Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco, Institute for Health Policy Studies.
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