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Generation Chemical: How Environmental Exposures are Affecting Reproductive Health and Development

 

Learn from top scientists and experts on the impact of environmental exposures and toxics on reproductive health, pregnancy, and development. This seven-part webinar series will run from October 29, 2020- Spring 2021 and will explore the following: 

  1. How do chemicals and other environmental exposures affect reproductive health and fetal development? 
  2. How do harmful environmental exposures disproportionately impact the reproductive health of communities of color?
  3. What role do environmental exposures play in the looming infertility crisis?
  4. How do preconception environmental exposures affect health and development?
  5. What are the ways environmental exposures in the womb affect fetal outcomes?
  6. How do environmental exposures influence women’s reproductive health throughout their lives?
  7. How do environmental exposure influence sperm and men's health? 

Speakers and webinar dates can be found below. Please sign up for the CHE newsletter to get updates as more dates are announced. This webinar series is brought to you by the Collaborative on Health and the Environment (CHE), the University of California, San Francisco Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment (PRHE), and the Environment Research and Translation for Health Center (EaRTH), the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO), the Endocrine Society, the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments (ANHE), and the International Federation of Fertility Societies (IFFS).

Topic one: Introduction

Generation Chemical: How Environmental Exposures are Affecting Reproductive Health and Development

October 29, 2020 at 10am PDT / 1pm EDT / 6pm CET 

Moderator: Tracey Woodruff, PhD, MPH, Professor, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences; Director, Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment; University of California, San Francisco

Featured Speakers

  • Shanna Swan, PhD, MS, Professor, Environmental Medicine & Public Health and Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Science, Mount Sinai
  • Germaine M. Buck Louis, PhD, MS, Dean and Professor, College of Health and Human Services, George Mason University
  • Jessie Buckley, PhD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Environmental Health & Engineering and Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

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Topic two: Environmental Reproductive Justice

November 18, 2020 at 10am PDT / 1pm EDT / 6pm CET 

Moderator: Karen Wang, PhD, MSc, Director of the Collaborative on Health and the Environment and is the founder of Because Health

Featured Speakers:

  • Tamarra James-Todd, PhD, MPH, Mark and Catherine Winkler Assistant Professor of Environmental Reproductive and Perinatal Epidemiology, Harvard, T.H. Chan School of Public Health 
  • Michael Bloom, PhD, MS, Associate Professor in the Department of Global and Community Health, George Mason University 
  • Amy Padula, PhD, MSc, Assistant Professor, Ob/Gyn, Reproductive Sciences, University of California, San Francisco 

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Topic three: Infertility

December 10, 2020 at 10am PDT / 1pm EDT / 6pm CET 

Moderator: Linda Giudice, MD, PhD, MSc, Distinguished Professor, The Robert B. Jaffe, MD Endowed Professor in the Reproductive Sciences, Ob/Gyn, University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine

Featured Speakers:

  • Russ Hauser, MD, ScD, MPH, Chair, Department of Environmental Health, Frederick Lee Hisaw Professor of Reproductive Physiology, Chair of the Department of Environmental Health, Harvard, T. H. Chan School of Public Health
  • Jodi Flaws, PhD, Professor, Comparative Biosciences, Associate Director, Interdisciplinary Environmental Toxicology Program, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Illinois, Principal Investigator, Flaws Laboratory
  • Audrey Gaskin, ScD, Assistant Professor, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, Research Associate, Harvard, T. H. Chan School of Public Health, Instructor of Medicine, Channing Division of Network Medicine, Harvard Medical School & Brigham and Women's Hospital, Adjunct Professor, School of Nursing and Health Sciences, Simmons College

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Topic four: Preconception Exposures

January 28, 2021 at 10am PDT/1pm EDT/6pm CET

Moderator: Janet Hall, MD, MS, Clinical Director and Head of the Reproductive Physiology and Pathophysiology Group, NIEHS

Featured Speakers:

  • Carmen Messerlian, PhD, MSc, Assistant Professor of Environmental Reproductive, Perinatal and Pediatric Epidemiology, Harvard, T. H. Chan School of Public Health
  • Kim Harley, PhD, Adjunct Professor, Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health, University of California, Berkeley, Faculty Director of Wallace Center for Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health, Associate Director, Health Effects Center for Environmental Research and Children’s Health (CERCH)
  • Yu Zhang, BA, Department of Environmental Health, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and School of Health Humanities, Peking University Health Science Center

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Topic five: Prenatal Exposures and Fetal Outcomes

February 25, 2021 at 10am PDT/1pm EDT/6pm CET

Moderator: Katie Huffling, RN, MS, CNM, FAAN, Executive Director, Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments

Featured Speakers

  • Ondine S von Ehrenstein, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Community Health Sciences, Fielding School of Public Health, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Kelly Ferguson, PhD, MPH, Perinatal and Early Life Epidemiology Group lead and Reproductive & Developmental Biology Laboratory, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
  • Kathy Tran, PhD, MPH, Environmental Health Sciences; University of California, Berkeley

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Topic six: Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals and Reproductive Health Outcomes

March 9, 2021 at 10am PDT/1pm EDT/6pm CET

Moderator: Jeanne Conry, MD, PhD, President and CEO of the Environmental Health Leadership Foundation

Featured Speakers

  • Julia Varshavsky, PhD, MPH, Postdoctoral Scientist, Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health; University of California, Berkeley
  • Ning Ding, PhD Candidate, MPH, Department of Epidemiology, School of Public Health, University of Michigan 
  • Sverre Wikström, Örebro University, School of Medical Sciences. Department of Health Sciences, Karlstad University, Karlstad, Sweden

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Topic seven: Male Reproductive Health

May 6, 2021 at 9am PDT/12pm EDT/5pm CET

Featured Speakers:

  • Sheela Sathyanarayana, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Adjunct Associate Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences at the University of Washington
  • Ann Olsson, HDR, PhD, MPH, RN, occupational cancer epidemiologist in the Environment and
    Lifestyle Epidemiology Branch at the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC/WHO)
  • Melissa Perry, ScD, MHS, Professor and Chair of Environmental and Occupational Health and Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the George Washington University
    Milken Institute School of Public Health
  • Nathan McCray, MPH, Epidemiology Research Associate for the Pennsylvania Department of Health (PADOH) Division of Environmental Health Epidemiology

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Topic eight: Climate Change

July 27 at 10am PDT/1pm EDT/6pm CET

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Moderator: Nathan DeNicola, MD, MSHP, FACOG, Obstetrics & Gynecology Staff Physician, Sibley Memorial Hospital, Johns Hopkins Medicine, Chair of Telehealth, American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists, Liaison to Executive Council on Environmental Health, American Academy of Pediatrics. 

Featured Speakers:

  • Bruce Bekkar, MD, Board Member of Climate Action Campaign, women’s health physician, author, educator and climate activist.
  • James Crooks, PhD, MS, Assistant Professor, National Jewish Health and Adjust Assistant Professor, Department of Epidemiology, Colorado School of Public Health
  • Mona Abdo, MPH, Research Assistant Epidemiology Department at Colorado School of Public Health
  • Matthew Franks Chersich, PhD, Professor, Wits Reproductive Health and HIV Institute, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg

Details TBD.