Nov. 2, 2017: Dr. Bruce Lanphear discusses the impact of toxins on the developing brain

by Michelle Saport  |   

Little Things Matter: The Impact of Toxins on the Developing Brain Thursday, Nov. 2, 4-5 p.m. Allied Health Sciences Building, Room 106 (and via webinar)

Bruce Lanphear, M.D., M.P.H., will discuss his research concerning children's environmental health and measures that might be taken to prevent exposures linked with learning and developmental disabilities. Faculty, students and health professionals are all welcome to attend this free presentation.

Dr. Lanphear is a clinician scientist at the Child & Family Research Institute, BC Children's Hospital, and a professor in the faculty of health sciences at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, British Columbia. He has extensive experience conducting community-based trials, including lead poisoning prevention, epidemiology of asthma, prevention of exposure to tobacco smoke and measurement of lead and allergens in housing. He is currently principal investigator for a study examining fetal and early childhood exposures to prevalent environmental neurotoxins, including lead, pesticides, mercury, alcohol, PCBs and environmental tobacco smoke. A component of the study is the investigation of the contribution of residential hazards and residential injuries to children's health. This project recently received funding to follow the original birth cohort, until the children are five years of age. This will allow follow-up for determining the efficacy of lead hazard controls on children's blood lead levels and their risk for learning and behavioral problems.

Register here. For more information, contact Pat Sammartino at (907) 786-6589 or

Thank you to the Alaska Community Action on Toxics for sponsoring Dr. Lanphear's presentation.

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