Public Lecture Invitation: Environmental Exposures Acting Like Uncontrolled Medicine - Wednesday 12th February

Published: Tuesday 4 February 2014

Date: 12 February 2014

Time: 17:30 - 19:00

Location: Newton Room

Brunel Institute for the Environment Public Lecture
Environmental Exposures Acting Like Uncontrolled Medicine

Dr Linda S. Birnbaum

Director, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and
National Toxicology Program, Research Triangle Park, NC, USA

Chair: Professor Susan Jobling
Head of Institute for the Environment, Brunel University

5.30pm Wednesday 12th February 2014
Newton Room
Hamilton Centre
Brunel University
Kingston Lane

The Institute for the Environment is delighted to welcome to Brunel the Director of the NEIHS and internationally renowned toxicologist, Dr Linda S. Birnbaum, to deliver a lecture entitled Environmental Exposures Acting Like Uncontrolled Medicine.

Modern medicine uses drugs delivered to specific sites in the human body to produce beneficial effects in the endocrine system for the treatment of disease. Similarly, environmental chemicals can be delivered to produce unwanted endocrine effects, resulting in a staggering increase in some diseases. These effects on endocrine and other physiological systems can be seen in significant population-level impacts and thus require public health approaches to disease control. This lecture will highlight environmental chemicals' ability to have drug-like effects, using men's and women's reproductive development, breast cancer, and obesity as case studies.

Linda S. Birnbaum, Ph.D, D.A.B.T., A.T.S, is a leading toxicologist, author of over 700 peer reviewed papers, book chapters and reports, and leading light in environmental health protection science and policy. As director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) of the National Institutes of Health, and the National Toxicology Program (NTP), Linda oversees a budget of $850 million that funds biomedical research to discover how the environment influences human health and disease. Linda has served as a federal scientist for over 32 years and has received many awards and recognitions including 14 scientific and technological achievement awards and election to the Collegium Ramazzini and the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, one of the highest honours in the fields of medicine and health. Other notable awards include the Women in Toxicology Elsevier Mentoring Award, the EPA’s Health Science Achievement Award and selection as the 2012 Health Policy Hero and the 2013 Breast Cancer Fund Hero.

Free Registration:

Free parking available on campus from 4.30pm, Newton Room Bar open at 5.00pm

We look forward to seeing you there!

Best wishes,
Professor Susan Jobling BSc, PhD
Environmental Toxicologist
Head, Institute for the Environment
Brunel University






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