EPA/NIEHS Children's Centers 2014 Webinar Series
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Wednesday, November 12, 2014 Webinar
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. EST

Join us for this month's webinar presenting research from various institutions. The webinar features presentations and interactive discussions including recent findings and new developments in children’s environmental health.

The mission of the EPA/NIEHS Centers program is to reduce children's health risks, protect children from environmental threats and promote their health and well-being in the communities where they live, learn and play.

The event is also cosponsored by the Office of Children’s Health Protection.

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1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Endocrine Disruptors and Children's Health


Marie Lynn Miranda, Ph.D.
University of Michigan



Jodi A. Flaws, Ph.D.
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Effects of bisphenol A on female reproduction

The webinar will provide information on the effects of gestational exposure to bisphenol A (BPA) on the developing female reproductive system.  It will also provide information on the transgenerational effects of BPA.


Tracey J. Woodruff, Ph.D., M.P.H.
University of California, San Francisco



Dana Dolinoy, Ph.D.
University of Michigan



Heather Stapleton, Ph.D.
Duke University

Children's Exposure to Flame Retardant Chemicals and Potential Health Effects

This presentation will summarize current research on the measurement of children's exposure to both phased-out and new-use flame retardant chemicals in indoor environments. The potential health effects and toxicities associated with new-use flame retardant chemicals used in furniture will also be discussed.

2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Question and Answer Session and Discussion


Dr. Marie Miranda is a professor and the Samuel A. Graham Dean at the School of Natural Resources and Environment at the University of Michigan, as well as a professor in the Departments of Pediatrics and Obstetrics & Gynecology. She is also the founding Director of the Children's Environmental Health Initiative (CEHI), which is a research, education and outreach program committed to fostering environments where all people can prosper. CEHI emphasizes the environmental health sciences and social justice components of risks borne by children in the United States and internationally. CEHI runs geospatial training programs, both at the University of Michigan and nationally. CEHI is also leading a significant effort in developing geospatial informatics to support health care delivery and improvements in population health. Dr. Miranda maintains a deep and abiding personal and professional interest in social and environmental justice.


Jodi A. Flaws is a Professor in Comparative Biosciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She received a B.S. in Biology from St. Xavier University, an M.S. in Biology from Loyola University of Chicago and a Ph.D. in Physiology from the University of Arizona. Following completion of her Ph.D., Dr. Flaws performed post-doctoral research on genes and environmental chemicals that regulate female reproductive function. She then accepted an Assistant Professor position at the University of Maryland and subsequently was promoted to Associate Professor. In 2006, Dr. Flaws was appointed Professor of Comparative Biosciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Dr. Flaws' research program is mainly focused on determining the mechanisms by which environmental chemicals, such as pesticides and plasticizers, affect the development and function of the ovary. Her research is funded by grants from the National Institutes of Health and Environmental Protection Agency. She has published over 160 peer-reviewed papers that have involved extensive participation and authorship by graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and undergraduate students. She is the recipient of the Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, University of Maryland Student Mentoring Award, the Patricia Sokolove Outstanding Mentor Award, the Dr. Gordon and Mrs. Helen Kruger Research Excellence Award, the Pfizer Animal Health Award for Research Excellence and the University Scholar Award.

  Dr. Tracey Woodruff is Professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences and the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies at the University of California, San Francisco, as well as the Director of the Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment. She has conducted extensive research and policy development on environmental health issues, with an emphasis on early-life development. Her research areas include evaluating prenatal exposures to environmental chemicals and related adverse pregnancy outcomes and characterizing developmental risks. She has authored numerous scientific publications and book chapters and has been widely quoted in the media. She is an Associate Editor of the journal Environmental Health Perspectives. She worked previously at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), where she was a senior scientist and policy advisor in the Office of Policy. She was appointed by the governor of California in 2012 to the Science Advisory Board of the Developmental and Reproductive Toxicant Identification Committee.
  Dr. Dolinoy is a Professor of Environmental Health Sciences at the University of Michigan (UM) School of Public Health, and she leads the Environmental Epigenetics and Nutrition Laboratory, which investigates how nutritional and environmental factors interact with epigenetic gene regulation to shape health and disease. Dr. Dolinoy is as an investigator in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency/National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences-funded UM Children's Environmental Health and Disease Prevention Research Center, investigating early exposure to bisphenol A (BPA), lead and phthalates; epigenetics; and later-in-life body weight and hormone outcomes. In 2011, Dr. Dolinoy received the Norman Kretchmer Memorial Award from the American Society for Nutrition and the Classic Paper of the Year Award from Environmental Health Perspectives.
  Heather Stapleton, Ph.D., is the Dan and Bunny Gabel Associate Professor of Environmental Ethics and Sustainable Environmental Management at Duke University. Dr. Stapleton's research focuses on understanding the fate and transformation of organic contaminants in aquatic systems and in indoor environments. Her main focus has been on the bioaccumulation and biotransformation of brominated flame retardants and, specifically, polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs). Her current research projects explore the routes of human exposure to flame retardant chemicals and examine the way these compounds are photodegraded and metabolized using mass spectrometry to identify breakdown products/metabolites. She uses both in vivo techniques with fish, and in vitro techniques with cell cultures to examine metabolism of this varied class of chemicals. Also of interest to Dr. Stapleton is the study of the fate of PBDEs in the environment which may lead to bioaccumulation in aquatic systems and examining their bioavailability under different environmental conditions.
We hope you will be able to join us.  The webinar will be recorded and posted on EPA's Children's Centers website at http://epa.gov/ncer/childrenscenters/multimedia/index.html.

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December 10, 2014 Webinar
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. EST



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