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- The Final Institute November 20, 2014
- Food and Water Safety September 22, 2014
- Childhood Cancer June 24, 2014
- The Costs of Disease April 18, 2014
- Male Infertility February 26, 2014
- Flame Retardants December 13, 2013
- Risk Assessment and Chemicals November 19, 2013
- Preemption of State Chemical Reform October 18, 2013
- Fracking Revisited August 5, 2013
- Federal Chemical Policy Reform June 28, 2013
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How does the environment influence brain development? What are the exposures of greatest concern? What is the latest science and how can we translate that science into protective public health policy?
April 9, 2012
The process of brain development defines us as human beings. However, its complexity (the creation and differentiation of over 80 billion neurons in the adult brain) and duration (beginning at conception and lasting decades) make us vulnerable to the effects of environmental factors. With the proliferation of industrial chemicals in the environment has come an increasing awareness of the sometimes-subtle impact that environmental factors have on the human brain. How to understand, quantify, and prevent such neurodevelopmental damage is the subject of this month’s Environmental Health Policy Institute.
Perspectives on Estimating the Population Burden of Children’s Exposures to Environmental Chemicals
David C. Bellinger, MD
Toxins and the Brain
David O. Carpenter, MD
Environmental Influences on Neurodevelopment: An Overview
I. Leslie Rubin, MD
Harvey Wiley's Contemporary Vision
Bernard Weiss, PhD
The views expressed in these essays are those of their respective authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of Physicians for Social Responsibility.