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Fertility/Reproductive Health
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CHE's Fertility & Reproductive Health Working Group convenes over 450 diverse members around environmental impacts on fertility and reproductive health. The goal of this dynamic conversation is to discern what the science is telling us, where the research gaps are, and how we can effectively support and promote science-based education and action. Read more...

If you would like to join and are already a CHE Partner, send us an email request. Or become a CHE Partner and indicate your interest in your application.

For more information, please contact Karin Russ at karin@healthandenvironment.org.


Highlights, September 2014

PPTOXIV: Environmental Stressors in Disease and Implications for Human Health
October 26 – 29, 2014. Boston, MA. The Endocrine Society is sponsoring the fourth international summit of Prenatal Programming and Toxicity (PPTOX) – a conference series dedicated to cutting-edge discussion of environmental hazards during early life and long-term consequences. PPTOX is one of the premier international venues for scientists to evaluate current knowledge and guide forward momentum for this burgeoning field. Advanced registration rates end September 10th.

Reproductive Environmental Health Articles September 2014—Male factor infertility

Transgenerational impaired male fertility with an Igf2 epigenetic defect in the rat are induced by the endocrine disruptor, p,p'-DDE
The first generation of male offspring exposed in utero to p,p'-DDE, showed impaired male fertility and altered imprinted gene expression. These defects were transferred to the F3 generation through the male germline. Human Reproduction.

Effect of glyphosate on the sperm quality of zebrafish Danio rerio
In this study, the effect of glyphosate on sperm quality of the fish Danio rerio was investigated after 24 and 96h of exposure at concentrations of 5mg/L and 10mg/L.  Sperm motility was reduced after exposure to both glyphosate concentrations. The mitochondrial functionality and membrane and DNA integrity were also reduced at the highest concentration. Aquatic Toxicology. 

The relationship between exposure to air pollution and sperm disomy
This study of 212 men who were attending an infertility clinic for diagnostic purposes found that previous exposure to PM10 was associated with disomy 21. A separate analysis conducted among men who were nonsmokers showed that the relationship between PM2.5 and disomy Y and disomy 21 remained significant. Environmental and Molecular Mutagenesis.

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UCSF Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment present Visionary Leadership Awards

6/14/13: The UCSF PRHE program awarded its Visionary Leadership Award at the start of The Endocrine Society Meeting in San Francisco to three prominent leaders of professional societies. Teresa Woodruff, President-elect of The Endocrine Society, Linda Giudice, President of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, and Jeanne Conry, President of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists were this year's recipients. The award is given to visionary leaders working to improve reproductive health by preventing harmful environmental exposures.

Pictured above (L-R) are PRHE Director, Tracey Woodruff with Linda Giudice and CHE Fertility founder, Alison Carlson. Below, Vice-Chair of CHE Michael Lerner, Alison Carlson, former CHE Fertility coordinator Julia Varshavsky, and current coordinator Karin Russ gather to commemorate the occasion.

Second Annual CHE/NIEHS Women's Environmental Reproductive Health Consortium Meeting

For additional information, visit: Women's Environmental Reproductive Health Consortium. 


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