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NIEHS Researchers to Lead AAAS Symposium

By Eddy Ball
February 2007

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On February 17, Health Science Administrator Jerry Heindel, Ph.D., and Laboratory of Molecular Toxicology Supervisory Biologist Retha Newbold will make presentations at the 2007 Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in San Francisco. Heindel and Newbold will be featured speakers in the Obesity: Developmental Origins and Environmental Influences Symposium organized by Heindel.

Heindel, who works in the DERT Cellular, Organ and Systems Pathobiology Section, will speak on "Developmental Origins and Environmental Influences of Obesity: Clinical Relevance." Laboratory of Molecular Toxicology Investigator Newbold will deliver a presentation titled "Developmental Exposure to Environmental Estrogens is Associated with Obesity Later in Life."

Both presentations will explore the issue of the effects of endocrine disruptors on human health. Heindel was the organizer of the expert panel on bisphenol A, which was held in November in Chapel Hill. Newbold and another speaker at the symposium, Frederick vom Sall, Ph.D., also presented at the November expert panel. Scientists associated with the National Toxicology Program and several intramural labs at NIEHS are also involved in endocrine disruptor research.

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