November Webinar: Tracey Woodruff, “Without Consent: Chemical Exposures and Our Health”

On Monday, November 26th from 1:00 – 2:00pm EST, PROTECT will host the first webinar of the 2018-2019 academic schedule. This webinar will feature Tracey Woodruff, a recognized expert on environmental pollution exposures during pregnancy and effects on prenatal and child health as well as on her innovations in translating and communicating scientific findings for clinical and policy audiences. Before joining UCSF, Tracey was a senior scientist and policy advisor for the U.S. EPA’s Office of Policy. Professor Tracey Woodruff  will speak on an increasingly prevalent topic, “Without Consent:  Chemical Exposures and Our Health.”

For information on joining the webinar, please contact Kristin Hicks at k.hicks@northeastern.edu.

Read on to learn more about the webinar and about Professor Woodruff’s impressive bio.

Abstract: Industrial chemicals and environmental pollutants contaminant air, water, food and dust – resulting in widespread exposures to the population globally. The US alone produces over 9 trillion pounds of industrial chemicals – which includes chemicals ranging from plasticizers to flame retardants to solvents. Dr. Woodruff will talk about the how and what of chemical exposures that contribute to people’s chemical exposome, and why exposures during developmental periods such as pregnancy and early childhood can alter biological programming, which can increase the risk of child and adult disease. She will also discuss new analytic chemistry methods to more comprehensively identify chemical pollutant exposures. Finally, she will present strategies and solutions to improving use of science in decision making to prevent harmful exposures.

Biography: Tracey Woodruff is a recognized expert on environmental pollution exposures during pregnancy and effects on prenatal and child health as well as on her innovations in translating and communicating scientific findings for clinical and policy audiences. Her research include evaluating prenatal exposures to environmental chemicals and related adverse pregnancy outcomes, and characterizing developmental risks. She has authored numerous scientific publications and book chapters, and has been quoted widely in the press, including USAToday, the San Francisco Chronicle, and WebMD. She was previously at the US EPA, where she was a senior scientist and policy advisor in the Office of Policy, and author of numerous government documents. She is an Associate Editor of Environmental Health Perspectives. She was appointed by the governor of California in 2012 to the Science Advisory Board of the Developmental and Reproductive Toxicant (DART) Identification Committee.

For information on joining the webinar, please contact Kristin Hicks at k.hicks@northeastern.edu.