International experts will share the latest scientific findings on the dangers posed by endocrine-disrupting chemicals found in the environment, foods and manufactured products during the Endocrine Society’s Science Writers Conference in Brussels on Nov. 12.
At “The Real Risks of Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals: What Does the Science Say,” health and science journalists will have the opportunity to interact with international experts who study the health effects of endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs). Nearly every person on the planet has been exposed to EDCs, and studies have linked EDC exposure to infertility, cancer, birth defects and obesity.
Endocrine-disrupting chemicals mimic, block or interfere with the functions of the body’s natural hormones – the chemical messengers that govern how the body functions. EDCs include chemicals such as:
Bisphenol A found in water bottles and can linings
Phthalates found in plastics and cosmetics
Pesticides such as chlorpyrifos
The conference is exclusively for journalists and will feature a panel of leading physicians and endocrinology researchers. The conference will explore the intricate connection between endocrine-disrupting chemicals and human health, including the following topics (subject to change):
EDCs and Public Health: Why Should the World Take Notice?
From Exposure to Hormone Disruption: General Principles of Endocrinology
Assessing Chemicals for Endocrine Disruption
EDCs and the Developing Fetus
Scheduled speakers include:
Rémy Slama, PhD
Senior Investigator at Inserm (National Institute for Health and Medical Research),
Team of Environmental Epidemiology, Grenoble (France).
Jean-Pierre Bourguignon MD, PhD
Professor of Pediatrics, Pediatric Endocrinology, CHU Liège
Head Developmental Neuroendocrinology Unit, GIGA Neurosciences, Univ. Liège (Belgium)
Prof. Barbara Demeneix, PhD
Director Department Regulations and Development,
National Museum of Natural History, Paris (France)
Prof. Richard Ivell, PhD
Special Joint Professor, School of Biosciences, University of Nottingham, Nottingham (U.K.)
R. Thomas Zoeller, PhD
Professor of Biology, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA, (USA)
Wednesday, 12 November 2014
09h00 — Media Registration & Continental Breakfast
09h30 – 11h30 — Conference Program
Résidence Palace - International Press Centre
rue de la Loi 155 C - 1040 Brussels
Founded in 1916, the Endocrine Society is the world’s oldest, largest and most active organization devoted to research on hormones and the clinical practice of endocrinology. Today, the Endocrine Society’s membership consists of over 17,000 scientists, physicians, educators, nurses and students in more than 100 countries. Society members represent all basic, applied and clinical interests in endocrinology. The Endocrine Society is based in Washington, DC. To learn more about the Society and the field of endocrinology, visit our site at www.endocrine.org. Follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/#!/EndoMedia.