On September 18th, 2017, the Environment and Health Fund held a symposium on "Early Life Exposures and Later Life Diseases: Prenatal Exposure to Environmental Pollutants" with guest experts Dr. Joseph Braun, Prof. Pam Factor-Litvak and Prof. Martine Vrijheid.
Prof. Martine Vrijheid is Research Professor at the Global Health Institute (ISGlobal) in Barcelona, Spain. Her research focuses on the effects of environmental exposures on child health and development. Her talk focused on the effects of multiple exposures on health outcomes during early life critical periods, in the HELIX project (“Building the Human Early Life Exposome”).
Prof. Pam Factor-Litvak is an epidemiologist from Columbia University in New York. Her current research interests concern the biological relationships between environmental exposures and development. She is particularly interested in in-utero and early childhood exposures to heavy metals, endocrine disrupting compounds, and developmental and reproductive outcomes in late childhood, adolescence and adulthood.
Dr. Joseph Braun from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, is interested in determining whether environmental chemical exposures during fetal development or early childhood adversely affect infant and child health. His talk focused on prenatal exposure to EDCs such as PFAS and PBDEs and their effect on neurological development and obesity.