of Environmental Chemicals in the Development of Diabetes and
Collaborative on Health and the Environment Alaska Working Group
Emerging scientific studies
suggest environmental chemicals may be contributing factors to the epidemics of
diabetes and obesity. Can a fetus’ exposure to toxic chemicals in the womb cause
obesity or diabetes at age 5, 15, or 25?
Is part of the obesity epidemic in the
U.S. linked to chemical exposures that occur in childhood?
A growing number of
researchers are exploring how chemicals used in plastics, food packaging,
pesticides and cosmetics can corrupt normal function of metabolic hormones and
trigger dramatic increases in body fat. Guest speakers Bruce Blumberg, PhD and
David O. Carpenter, M.D. will discuss the cutting-edge science linking chemical
exposures to the growing epidemics of diabetes and obesity.
Wednesday, December 14, 2011,
Alaska Time/ 10:00 am Pacific/ 1:00 pm Eastern
RSVP: To join this free
call and receive the dial-up instructions, please RSVP to Alaska Community
Bruce Blumberg, Ph.D., Professor in the Departments of
Developmental and Cell Biology, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Biomedical
Engineering at University of California, Irvine. Dr. Blumberg's current research
at UC Irvine focuses on the role of nuclear hormone receptors in development,
physiology and disease. Particular interests include patterning of the
vertebrate nervous system, the differential effects of xenobiotic exposure on
laboratory model organisms compared with humans, interactions between xenobiotic
metabolism, inflammation, and cancer, and the role of environmental chemicals on
the development of obesity and diabetes.
David O. Carpenter, M.D.,
Director of the Institute for Health and the Environment at SUNY Albany and
Professor of Environmental Health Sciences at UAlbany's School of Public Health.
Dr. Carpenter previously served as director of the Wadsworth Laboratory of the
New York State Department of Health. Dr. Carpenter's area of expertise is human
health effects of environmental contaminants, including metals and organic