Learn how toxics are affecting this generation and the next

Join us for a new webinar series that will provide you with the latest science to help your patients

Learn from top scientists and experts about the impacts of environmental exposures and toxics on reproductive health, pregnancy, and development. “Generation Chemical: How Environmental Exposures Are Affecting Reproductive Health and the Environment” is a dynamic webinar series that will examine the latest science on generational impacts harmful chemicals and pollutants are having on people before they are born and throughout their lives.

Sessions will explore how chemicals and pollutants affect infertility, fetal development, birth outcomes, women’s and men’s reproductive health, and how communities of color are disproportionally harmed.

The Collaborative on Health and the Environment (CHE), the University of California, San Francisco Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment (PRHE) and Environmental Research and Translation for Health (EaRTH) Center, and partners created this series to connect ob-gyns, pediatricians, nurses, and other medical professionals with top environmental health scientists who will present the latest trends about how harmful chemicals are influencing chronic diseases and conditions. The goal of this series is to help improve the health of women, men, and children by sharing research, prevention, and policy strategies. Join us as we explore these critical reproductive health issues.

The seven webinars in the series will start on October 29, 2020, and be held monthly.

1. Generation Chemical: How Environmental Exposures are Affecting Reproductive Health and Development
October 29, 2020 at 10am PT / 1pm ET

This first session will explore trends and science in reproductive health and fertility to better understand exposures to chemicals and pollutants and how they are affecting health and development.

  • Germaine M. Buck Louis, PhD, MS, Dean, College of Health and Human Services, George Mason University
  • Jessie P. Buckley, PhD, MPH, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Shanna H. Swan, PhD, MS, Environmental Medicine, Mount Sinai
  • Tracey Woodruff, PhD, MPH, UCSF Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment (moderator)

2. Environmental Reproductive Justice
November 18, 2020 at 10am PT / 1pm ET

This session will address the role of environmental pollution, endocrine disrupting chemicals, and systemic factors such as poverty, food insecurity and racism, that too often contribute to racial/ethnic health disparities associated with adverse reproductive health outcomes across the lifespan.

  • Michael Bloom, PhD, MS, George Mason University
  • Tamarra James-Todd, PhD, MPH, Harvard, T.H. Chan School of Public Health 
  • Amy Padula, PhD, MSc, UCSF Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment
  • Karen Wang, PhD, MSc, Collaborative on Health and the Environment, and Founder, Because Health (moderator)

3. Infertility
December 10, 2020 at 10am PT / 1pm ET

Scientists will provide evidence of the effects of common pollutants such as air pollution and phthalates on follicle health, fecundity, and fertility.

  • Jodi A. Flaws, PhD, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Illinois
  • Audrey Jane Gaskin, ScD, Emory University, Harvard, T. H. Chan School of Public Health, Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital
  • Linda C. Giudice, MD, PhD, MSc, Distinguished Professor, UCSF School of Medicine
  • Russ Hauser, MD, ScD, MPH, Chair, Harvard, T. H. Chan School of Public Health

4. Preconception Exposures
January 28, 2021 at 10am PT / 1pm ET

Speakers will discuss the latest evidence on how a couple’s exposure to chemicals before conception affects fetal and child development.

  • Kim Harley, PhD, Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health, University of California, Berkeley; Director, Wallace Center for Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health; Health Effects Center for Environmental Research and Children’s Health
  • Carmen Messerlian, PhD, MSc, Perinatal and Pediatric Epidemiology, Harvard, T. H. Chan School of Public Health
  • Yu Zhang, BA, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Peking University Health Science Center

5. Prenatal Exposures and Fetal Outcomes
Date TBD.

Speakers will explore how the impacts of pollution from oil and gas development, pesticides, phthalates, and social stressors can increase the risk of autism and adverse birth outcomes.

  • Ondine S. von Ehrenstein, PhD, MPH, University of California, Los Angeles, Fielding School of Public Health
  • Kelly Ferguson, PhD, MPH, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
  • Kathy Tran, PhD Candidate, MPH, University of California, Berkeley, School of Public Health

6. Prenatal Exposures and Maternal Outcomes
Date TBD.

Scientists will discuss how prenatal exposures to chemicals including flame retardants, plasticizers, pesticides, lead, and PFAS are linked to adverse maternal outcomes such as pregnancy hypertension and gestational diabetes.

  • Ning Ding, PhD Candidate, MPH, University of Michigan, School of Public Health
  • Julia R. Varshavsky, PhD, MPH, University of California, Berkeley, School of Public Health

7. Male Reproductive Health
Date and speakers TBD.

This session will tackle how toxics such as air pollution and chemical exposures in the workplace can jeopardize male reproductive health and reproduction.

The series is sponsored by the UCSF Environment Research and Translation for Health Center (EaRTH), the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO), the Endocrine Society, the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments (ANHE), and the International Federation of Fertility Societies (IFFS).

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