April 11, 2012
Living in a Contaminated World: Are chemical advances making us sicker, fatter, and less intelligent?
The promise of chemicals designed to act as pesticides, solvents, fungicides, and plastics has played out as improvements in many aspects of life. They protect our grapes from fungus, our leafy greens from pests, our children from fire ants and flammable pajamas. They lubricate our factories, refineries and power plants. Thousands of chemicals are now found in the environment — and also in our bodies. Research shows that exposure to these compounds may alter our very genetic makeup, making us sicker, fatter, and less intelligent. This exposure also affects our descendants.
About Andrea Gore
Andrea Gore is the Gustavus and Louise Pfeiffer Professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology at the College of Pharmacy. She has published three books and more than 100 papers related to how the brain controls reproductive function. She is an internationally recognized expert on biological actions of endocrine disruptors on neurobiological and hormone functions. Dr. Gore's research, which is supported by NIH and NSF funding, has been recognized with numerous awards and honors.
About David Crews
David Crews is the Ashbel Smith Professor in the College of Natural Sciences. He examines how the environment shapes the brain and body. His research has provided the evidence that male sexual behavior need not debend upon sex hormones. His demonstration that progesterone is important for male sexual behavior has quickly found therapuetic application. His recent work showing that chemical contaminants in past generations alter how animals respond to common challenges is a breakthrough.