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Leading scientists participate in congressional briefing

By Eddy Ball
October 2010

NIEHS/NTP Director Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D.
During the busy third week of September, Birnbaum was doing the business of NIEHS in Washington on Monday, in Tampa on Wednesday at a meeting about the Gulf oil spill, and again in Washington on Thursday testifying before the United States Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs. (Photo courtesy of Steve McCaw)

A group of four distinguished scientists that included NIEHS/NTP Director Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D., participated in a congressional briefing on endocrine disruption in Washington, D.C. Sept. 20. Their audience included members of the U.S. House and Senate hosted by four of the most influential committee and subcommittee chairs from each branch of Congress gathered at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center.

Titled “Endocrine Disruption: Modern Science Unveils How Chemicals Can Act Like Hormones,” the briefing was jointly sponsored by the Pew Health Group ( Exit NIEHS, part of the Pew Charitable Trusts, and the Endocrine Society ( Exit NIEHS. Honorary hosts of the event were some of the most environmentally aware leaders in the U.S. Congress:

  • Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Superfund, Toxics and Environmental Health
  • Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), chairman of House Committee on Energy and Commerce
  • Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill), chairman of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade and Consumer Protection
  • Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.), chairman of the House Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies

In addition to Birnbaum, the presenters were Thomas Zoeller, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Biology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst; Louis Guillette Jr., Ph.D., professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Medical University of South Carolina; and John Peterson Myers, chief scientist and CEO of Environmental Health Sciences.

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