Asking the Right Questions: Are Women of Childbearing Age at Risk of Exposure to Multiple Pollutants?

September 18, 2013
1:00 pm US Eastern Time

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In a recent analysis of thousands of US women of childbearing age, Brown University researchers found that most exceeded the median blood level for two or more of three environmental pollutants that could harm brain development of fetuses and babies: lead, mercury and polychlorinated biphenyls.

On this call hosted by CHE-Alaska, lead study author Dr. Marcella Remer Thompson discussed women’s chemical body burden and the need to look at health outcomes for multiple environmental chemical co-exposures.

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Marcella Remer ThompsonMarcella Remer Thompson, PhD, MS, CSP, RN, COHN-S, FAAOHN, is nationally recognized for her interdisciplinary work in safety, health and the environment. As state agencies and community liaison for Brown University’s Superfund Research Program, Dr. Thompson leverages new and existing academic-government-community partnerships to identify stakeholder’s needs. She conducts health impact assessments, coordinates intercollegiate activities, and ensures the center’s research has a positive impact on public health. Additionally, she is adjunct assistant professor of Nursing at the University of Rhode Island. Dr. Thompson’s research focuses on multiple environmental chemical exposures among childbearing-aged women.

Dr. Thompson holds a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from Salve Regina University, a Master of Science degree in community/occupational health nursing from Boston University, a Master of Science degree in occupational health from the Harvard School of Public Health, and a doctorate in nursing from the University of Rhode Island.