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Wilcox to Speak at Science Café July 14

By Eddy Ball
January 2009

Allen Wilcox
Wilcox joined NIEHS as a research medical officer in 1979 and has held adjunct positions at his alma mater, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and at the University of Bergen. (Photo courtesy of Steve McCaw)

Science goes informal each month at Durham's Broad Street Café, which will host a talk by NIEHS Senior Investigator and epidemiologist Allen Wilcox, M.D., Ph.D., at 7:00 p.m. on July 14. Wilcox will be discussing the key steps of human conception and early pregnancy, including the new options for infertile couples made possible through modern technology.

Wilcox has devoted his training as a pediatrician, public health specialist and epidemiologist to a 30-year career unraveling the mysteries of reproductive and infant health and identifying the potentially preventable environmental exposures that affect outcomes. He has published over 160 articles in peer-reviewed journals and contributed chapters to 11 books.

A new book by Wilcox, Fertility and Pregnancy: An Epidemiologic Perspective, is now in the process of publication by Oxford University Press. He has received a long list of honors, including an honorary doctor of philosophy degree ( awarded in 2008 by the University of Bergen in Norway in recognition of his "contributions toward making epidemiology one of the central disciplines of modern medicine."

Wilcox's talk is part of the monthly Periodic Tables series sponsored by the Museum of Life and Science in Durham. The museum describes the series as monthly gatherings "where curious adults can meet in a casual setting to discuss the latest science in plain English... and there is no such thing as a stupid question." Broad Street Café is located just north of downtown Durham (,-78.857117&spn=0.531976,0.878906&z=10&iwloc=0004511f3823b8877612f&source=embed) Exit NIEHS between the Durham Expressway and Interstate 85.

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