EPA/NIEHS Children's Centers 2014 Webinar Series
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Wednesday, August 13, 2014 Webinar
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. EDT

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. Environmental Exposures and Neurodevelopmental Health Outcomes

This webinar will discuss the role of environmental developmental outcomes and the need to sort out the complexity and dynamics of environmental exposure. The two talks will highlight work on POPs as well as episodic tobacco smoke exposures. We will look at two key areas of neurodevelopmental interest: Autism and ADHD. Mechanisms of immune response, as well as epigenetic changes will be explored. Lessons learned across these areas will be shared.
John Balmes, M.D. Elaine M. Faustman, Ph.D. (Moderator)
University of Washington

Judy Van de Water, Ph.D.
University of California, Davis

The Environment and the Immune System in Autism Spectrum Disorders

This presentation will cover the current research regarding the effects of persistent organic pollutants on immune function as it relates to behavior in autism spectrum disorders (ASD). It will cover the differential as well as the global effects of POPs such as BDE-49 on the immune response, and the association of this outcome with various co-morbidities associated with ASD.


Susan K. Murphy, Ph.D.
Duke University

Epigenetic Links Between Secondhand Smoke Exposure and ADHD

This presentation will describe the NICHES Children's Center at Duke and our research efforts to investigate the relationship between tobacco smoke exposure during pregnancy and epigenetic changes in genes implicated in attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder.

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


Dr. Faustman is Professor in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences at the University of Washington (UW) School of Public Health and Community Medicine and Principal Investigator of the EPA- and NIEHS-funded Center for Child Environmental Health Risks Research at the University of Washington and Director of the Institute for Risk Analysis and Risk Communication. She is Co-PI of the NIEHS- and NSF-funded Pacific Northwest Center for Human Health and Ocean Studies at UW and Director of the Reproductive and Developmental Research Core of the UW Center for Ecogenetics and Environmental Health. The long-range objective of Dr. Faustman's research includes identifying biochemical mechanisms of developmental toxicity and developing new methods for the evaluation of health risks posed by environmental agents.


Dr. Van de Water joined the faculty in the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of California, Davis, in 1999. In 2000, she also joined the faculty of the newly formed UC Davis M.I.N.D. Institute when she began her research on the immunobiology of autism.

Dr. Van de Water's laboratory pursues research programs pertaining to autoimmune and clinical immune-based disorders, including the biological aspects of ASD. The application of Dr. Van de Water's immunopathology background has been instrumental in the dissection of the immune anomalies noted in some individuals with autism, and in the differentiation of various autism behavioral phenotypes at a biological level. Dr. Van de Water is currently the Director of the NIEHS-funded Center for Children's Environmental Health at UC Davis, investigating potential environmental risk factors contributing to the incidence and severity of childhood autism.

  Dr. Murphy is an Associate Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Division of Gynecologic Oncology, at Duke University Medical Center where her laboratory is focused on the developmental origins of disease as well as on the epigenetics and novel therapeutic approaches in gynecologic malignancies. She leads the Duke Epigenetics Research Laboratory and is Director of the NICHES Children's Environmental Health and Disease Prevention Research Center, Co-Director of the Duke Epigenetics and Epigenomics Program and Co-Principal Investigator leading the molecular biology efforts of the Duke-based Newborn Epigenetics STudy, or NEST. NEST is a longitudinal birth cohort study from which new insights have come regarding the in utero environment's effects on the epigenetic regulatory regions of imprinted genes. Her long-term research goals are to identify and utilize epigenetic changes that occur as a result of early life exposures to improve diagnostics and to develop new intervention and prevention strategies based on these findings.
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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September 10, 2014 Webinar
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. EDT



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