“Low-Dose” Effects of Environmental Chemicals

To All,

Collaborative on Health and the Environment (CHE) Partnership call: The Dose Versus the Poison: “Low-Dose” Effects of Environmental Chemicals  

Thursday July 21, 2012 at 10:00 am Pacific / 1:00 pm Eastern

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Earlier this year, a landmark paper appeared titled Hormones and Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals: Low-Dose Effects and Nonmonotonic Dose Responses, published in Endocrine Reviews, a journal of the prestigious Endocrine Society. In this 78-page review, supported by 845 references, twelve leading environmental health researchers challenge the dogma of “the dose makes the poison,” noting that endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) can have effects at low doses that are not predicted by effects at higher doses, and noting that fundamental changes in chemical testing and safety determination are needed to protect human health. The paper has received much attention. On this call, three of the authors of this paper will summarize their work and responses to it.

Featured speakers: 

  • Laura N. Vandenberg, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Regenerative and Developmental Biology and Department of Biology (L.N.V.), Tufts University
  • R. Thomas Zoeller, PhD, Professor, Biology Department, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Amherst, Massachusetts
  • John Peterson Myers, PhD, Founder, CEO and Chief Scientist, Environmental Health Sciences, Charlottesville, Virginia
The call will be moderated by Steve Heilig, CHE Director of Public Health & Education, and Director of Public Health & Education, San Francisco Medical Society. The call will last one hour and will be recorded for archival purposes.