EPA/NIEHS Children's Centers 2014 Webinar Series
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Wednesday, December 10, 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.

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1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

The Role of Environmental Exposure in Childhood Obesity, Metabolic Syndrome and Neurobehavioral Abnormalities in Adolescence

The causes of the childhood epidemics of neurodevelopmental disorders, obesity and its metabolic consequences, including diabetes, are not well understood. Emerging evidence suggests that exposure to common environmental chemicals, prenatally and across the course of childhood, may contribute to these outcomes. Investigators from the Children's Environmental Health Centers will present new results on associations of ambient air pollutants, metals and endocrine disrupting chemicals with obesity and metabolic disease, and will describe potential biological pathways explaining these effects. Endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) may target multiple organ systems, including neurobehavioral abnormalities also under study in Children's Center cohorts.


Rob McConnell, M.D.
University of Southern California



Andrew Rundle, Dr.P.H.
Columbia University

Prenatal Exposures to Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAH) and Childhood BMI Trajectories

Dr. Rundle will present recent findings from the Columbia Center for Children's Environmental Health's research on the effects of prenatal PAH exposures on children's individual growth curves and will discuss latent classes of growth curves that are associated with PAH exposure.


Karen Peterson, D.Sc.
University of Michigan

Metals, endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) and biomarkers of metabolic syndrome risk in adolescence

Exposure to metals and EDCs during pregnancy and childhood can affect metabolic syndrome risk in adolescence. Use of new technologies, such as metabolomics biomarkers may enhance our ability to understand pathways by which toxicants lead to metabolic syndrome.


Susan A. Korrick, M.D.
Harvard University

Impact of Adolescent Exposure to BPA and Phthalates on Neurobehavior

There is limited, if any, epidemiologic research on the impact of adolescent exposure to phenols and phthalates on adolescent neurobehavior, despite likely increased susceptibility to such exposures in this age group. In this pilot study, we assessed this relationship and demonstrated preliminary support for hypothesized associations of adolescent BPA or phthalate exposures with adverse neurobehavior.

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


Rob McConnell is Professor of Preventive Medicine and Director of the EPA- and NIEHS-supported Children's Environmental Health Center at USC. His research interests include effects of air pollution on the development and exacerbation of asthma, and he is the principal investigator (PI) of a large prospective cohort study in the USC Children's Health Study to investigate these relationships. His work examining the associations between ozone and fresh traffic emissions with the development of asthma has contributed to the current policy debate on regulation of these exposures. Dr. McConnell is also interested in the effects of psychosocial stress and other social characteristics on asthma and on the application of new biomarkers of exposure to air pollutants in population-based studies.


Dr. Andrew Rundle is Associate Professor of Epidemiology at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University and co-director of the Mailman School's Obesity Prevention Initiative. His research focuses on neighborhood-level and environmental causes of obesity and ways in which sedentary lifestyles and obesity affect cancer risk and survival. Dr. Rundle leads the childhood obesity research efforts of the Columbia Center for Children's Environmental Health and co-directs the Built Environmental and Health Research Group.

  Dr. Peterson is Professor and Director of the Human Nutrition Program, Department of Environmental Health Sciences, U-M School of Public Health. She is the contact PI for the U-M Children's Environmental Health and Disease Prevention Center on the theme: "Lifecourse exposures & diet: Epigenetics, maturation & metabolic syndrome" and serves as Associate Director of the NIH-funded Michigan Nutrition and Obesity Research Center (MNORC). She also is the founding Director of the U-M Momentum Center: Driving Discovery to End Child Obesity (www.momentumcenter.org), a center whose mission is to create novel, transdisciplinary solutions to child obesity. Dr. Peterson's research focuses on understanding the influence of exposures to metals and EDCs on physical growth, maturation and markers of metabolic homeostasis during sensitive developmental periods. She also studies the potential role that dietary quality and lifestyle behaviors may play in mediating the relationships between environmental exposures and child health.
  Dr. Korrick is an Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health with an appointment as an Associate Physician at Brigham and Women's Hospital. Her research focuses on the developmental and neurocognitive toxicities of environmental contaminants, including metals, organochlorine pesticides, and polychlorinated biphenyls, as well as short half-life compounds, such as phenols and phthalates. The core of her research is the development (as PI) of the New Bedford Cohort (NBC), an ongoing birth cohort study, results of which have expanded understanding of the neurobehavioral impacts of a variety of early-life metal (e.g., methylmercury) and organochlorine exposures. More recently, she has extended her research to include collaborative studies of outcomes-based risk assessment and methods development for analyzing exposure mixtures in the NBC. She has segued her experience with birth cohort studies into close collaborative efforts with other longitudinal studies, most notably two pregnancy cohorts developed via NIEHS/EPA Children's Centers at the University of Illinois and Dartmouth Medical School.
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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January 14, 2014 Webinar
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. EST




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