September 2014 Spotlight: PROTECT trainees present at the 2014 ISEE conference

PROTECT trainees Kelly Ferguson, Lauren Johns, and Luis Rivera (Project 1) recently presented their research at the 2014 ISEE conference in Seattle, WA. This was the 26th annual meeting of the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology (ISEE). This year’s theme was “From Local to Global: Advancing Science for Policy in Environmental Health.”


ISEE Lauren JohnsISEE Luis RiveraLEFT: Lauren Johns presents “Urinary phthalate metabolites in relation to maternal serum thyroid and sex hormone levels during pregnancy: a longitudinal analysis.”

RIGHT: Luis Rivera presents “Toxic Metal Exposure and Association with Thyroid and Reproductive Hormone Levels in Pregnant Women Living in Northern Puerto Rico: the PROTECT study”


The following presentations were given by Kelly Ferguson:

“Variability in Urinary Phthalate Metabolite Levels across Pregnancy and Sensitive Windows of Exposure for the Risk of Preterm Birth,” and “Mediation of the Relationship between Phthalate Exposure and Preterm Birth by Oxidative Stress.”

The International Society for Environmental Epidemiology (ISEE) provides a forum for the discussion of problems unique to the study of health and the environment. With membership open to environmental epidemiologists and other scientists worldwide, ISEE provides a variety of forums for discussions, critical reviews, collaborations and education on issues of environmental exposures and their human health effects.