Endocrine Disruptors and The Developing Brain

Endocrine Disruptors and The Developing Brain

Andrea C. Gore, Sarah M. Dickerson
ISBN: 9781615040872 | PDF ISBN: 9781615040889
Copyright © 2012 | 114 Pages | Publication Date: 03/01/2012

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Exposure to environmental chemicals with the potential to alter endocrine system function, known as endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs), may be contributing to an overall decline in wildlife populations and the reproductive health of humans.

Owing to its role in regulation of endocrine function as well as its responsiveness to hormones, the developing brain is an especially vulnerable target for many classes of EDCs.

This book will address the evidence for EDC action on the developing brain, and is the first book wholly dedicated to understanding the links between EDCs and the developing brain.

Table of Contents

What Are Environmental Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals (EDCs)?
EDC Exposures
EDCs and Development
EDCs and the Developing Brain
EDCs and Neuroendocrine Systems
Epigenetic Effects of EDCs
EDCs, the Brain, and the Future
Author Biographies

About the Author(s)

Andrea C. Gore, University of Texas at Austin
Dr. Andrea Gore is the Gustavus and Louise Pfeiffer Professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology at the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Gore was educated at Princeton University (BA-Biology), University of Wisconsin-Madison (PhD-Neuroscience), and Mount Sinai School of Medicine (Postdoctoral Fellow-Molecular Neuroendocrinology). Dr. Gore's NIH-funded research focuses on how the nervous system controls reproductive hormones and how the body's hormones in turn feed back to the brain to regulate neurobiological functions. Ongoing studies are investigating the links between estrogen and the aging brain during menopause. In addition, Dr. Gore's lab has been studying how environmental contaminants may perturb the body's hormonal systems and affect neurobiological development and aging. Outside of the laboratory, Dr. Gore is involved in scientific and community organizations, particularly related to mentorship, career development, and dissemination of scientific knowledge. She has received a number of citations for her work, including the Faculty Council 2001 Award for Academic Excellence (Mount Sinai School of Medicine), the University of Texas Cooperative's 2008 Research Excellent Award for Best Research Paper, and election as Fellow to the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Sarah M. Dickerson, University of Texas at Austin
Dr. Sarah Dickerson is currently a Post Doctorate Research Associate at Advancing Green Chemistry. Dr. Dickerson was educated at Sam Houston State University (BS-Biology) and the University of Texas at Austin (PhD-Toxicology). Her research interests include the impact of endocrine disrupting chemicals on development of brain regions that control reproduction. She has received national recognition for her graduate research, including a Young Investigator Award from Women in Endocrinology, an Endocrine Scholars Award from The Endocrine Society, and a Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation.

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