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Focus on Women’s Health is a podcast-style audio program that features topics of interest across the spectrum of women's health hosted by Brian Auerbach. On this program we are discussing reproductive health and the environment and specifically homone disruptors.
There is a rapidly expanding body of research that 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. The guests on this podcast are Tracey Woodruff, PhD, MPH and Sarah Janssen, MD, PhD, MPH.
Dr. Woodruff is an associate professor in the department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences and Pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco and the Director of the UCSF 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 exposures and development. Her research areas include adverse perinatal health effects from air pollution, characterizing exposures to chemicals during pregnancy, developing the first national characterization of air toxics across the US, children's health risks, and environmental health indicators.
Dr. Janssen is a staff scientist in the Health and Environment Program of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). In her capacity as a scientist with NRDC, Dr. Janssen provides scientific expertise for policy and regulatory decisions on a number of toxic chemicals, including hormone disrupting substances which interfere with fertility and reproduction. Her work has included research on flame retardants, cosmetics, plastics and plasticizers, breast cancer and threats to adult reproductive health and child development. She is board-certified in Preventive Medicine with a subspecialty in Occupational and Environmental Medicine.