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NIEHS/EPA Children's Centers 2014 Webinar Series: Environmental Exposures and Neurodevelopmental Health Outcomes

Title: NIEHS/EPA Children's Centers 2014 Webinar Series
Date: August 13, 2014
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. EDT
Location: Webinar

Join us for this month's webinar. The webinar features presentations and interactive discussions including recent findings and new developments in children’s environmental health.

Topic: Environmental Exposures and Neurodevelopmental Health Outcomes

This webinar will discuss the role of environmental developmental outcomes and the need to sort out the complexity and dynamics of environmental exposure. The two talks will highlight work on POPs as well as episodic tobacco smoke exposures. We will look at two key areas of neurodevelopmental interest: Autism and ADHD. Mechanisms of immune response, as well as epigenetic changes will be explored. Lessons learned across these areas will be shared.

Featured Speakers:

Judy Van de WaterJudy Van de Water
University of California, Davis
Presentation Title: The Environment and the Immune System in Autism Spectrum Disorders
Presentation Summary: This presentation will cover the current research regarding the effects of persistent organic pollutants on immune function as it relates to behavior in autism spectrum disorders (ASD). It will cover the differential as well as the global effects of POPs such as BDE-49 on the immune response, and the association of this outcome with various co-morbidities associated with ASD.

Susan K. MurphySusan K. Murphy
Duke University
Presentation Title: Epigenetic Links Between Secondhand Smoke Exposure and ADHDs
Presentation Summary: This presentation will describe the NICHES Children's Center at Duke and our research efforts to investigate the relationship between tobacco smoke exposure during pregnancy and epigenetic changes in genes implicated in attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder.

Thomas M. BurbacherThomas M. Burbacher
University of Washington
Discussion Moderator

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