Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals SIG

March 10, 2023

Hear from colleagues on the impact of endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) and the latest on how we can overcome them. Engage with your peers in the SIG subgroup in the EndoForum online community in DocMatter. 

View the EDC SIG leadership roster.


EDC SIG Past Webinars

Date: April 3, 2024

Marina Fernandez, PhD, Researcher IBYME-CONICET


  • Robert Thomas Zoeller, MD, University of Massachusetts Amherst: How plastic chemicals affect the hypothalamic-pituitary-thyroid axis.
  • Robert Sargis, MD, PhD, University of Illinois at Chicago: Plastic chemicals are obesogens and diabetogens.
  • Leonardo Trasande, MD, MPP, NYU School of Medicine: What you can do with your patients to turn off the plastic tap and protect the endocrine system.
  • Marina Fernandez, MSC, PhD, National Council for Scientific and Technical Research, Buenos Aires: Call for a global plastics treaty that protects endocrine health.


The rapidly increasing levels of plastic pollution represent a serious global environmental issue that negatively affects the environmental, social, economic and health dimensions of sustainable development. In February 2022, at the resumed fifth session of the United Nations Environment Assembly, a historic resolution was adopted to develop an international legally binding instrument on plastic pollution with the ambition to complete the negotiations by end of 2024. The session will review effects of EDCs from plastics in the endocrine system and the current state of the Plastics Treaty negotiations.

Learning Objectives:

  • Objective 1: Revise EDC effects on the Endocrine System
  • Objective 2: Understand how doctors can protect their patients
  • Objective 3: Review current state of negotiations for the plastics treaty.

Male Reproduction and Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals

Date/Time: Wednesday, March 8, 2023, 12:00-1:00 PM EST 

Shanna Swan, PhD 
Professor of Environmental Medicine and Public Health 
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai 

Andrea Gore, PhD
Professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology 
University of Texas at Austin 

Jerry Heindel, PhD
Healthy Environment and Endocrine Disruptor Strategies 

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the trends in multiple endpoints that signal declines in men’s reproductive health over the past 50 years.
  • Learn how lifestyle and environment factors, particularly endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs), contribute significantly to these trends.
  • Recognize the ways that these declines impact current and future society and affect the long-term health of this and future generations.


Introduction to the Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals Special Interest Group

The Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals SIG held this event on May 02, 2022, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EST. 

Details: The Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals SIG held this webinar to introduce the goals and motivation of the SIG. The science of endocrine disrupting chemicals has been a focus area for the Endocrine Society since 2005. This panel covers this history, and the importance of this research on different areas of health. Attendees received an update on the state of EDC regulations and gain insight on how they can become advocates for patients.

View recording.

The Role of Obesogens in the Obesity Epidemic 
Join the Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals SIG for a webinar on the role of obesogens in the obesity pandemic. The live event was held on 10/19/2022.

Raquel Chamorro-Garcia, PhD
Assistant Professor
University of California

Jerry Heindel, PhD
Environmental Health Sciences Program,
Healthy Environment and Endocrine Disruptor Strategies

Robert Sargis, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Medicine
University of Chicago

Tom Zoeller, PhD
Professor Emeritus of Biology
University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Learning Objectives

  1. Learn what obesogens are and gain insight on the latest data supporting their role in obesity.
  2. Discover the importance of transgenerational epigenetic inheritance of obesogens.
  3. Overview the role of social and racial disparities in obesogen exposure and obesity.

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