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Obesity, Diabetes and Learning Disabilities -- from Chemicals? The Need for Chemical Reform

September 20, 2013
Washington, District of Columbia

The American public faces epidemic levels of challenging and even life-threatening diseases including obesity, diabetes and cognitive disability. Scientific evidence suggests that chemicals in our environment contribute to many of them.  Please join us for a discussion by leading scientists and health professionals who will examine the scientific evidence for chemical exposures contributing to chronic illness, learning disabilities, and even the multigenerational effects of genetic damage. The panel will also discuss how legislative reform can reduce exposure to harmful chemicals.

*Honorary Sponsor:  Senator Tom Udall (NM)

Friday, September 20th, 2013
Noon – 1:00 p.m.
Senate Dirksen Office Building, room G-11 

A light lunch will be provided*

Panelists Include:

  • Bruce Blumberg, PhD is a professor of Developmental & Cell Biology, Pharmaceutical Sciences and Biomedical Engineering at the University of California, Irvine. His cutting-edge laboratory research examines the role of environmental endocrine-disrupting chemicals on the development of obesity and diabetes.
  • Laura Anderko, PhD RN holds the Robert and Kathleen Scanlon Endowed Chair in Values Based Health Care at Georgetown University School of Nursing & Health Studies. She is a noted scholar and educator in the fields of epidemiology, environmental health and child development.
  • Lynn R. Goldman, M.D., M.S., M.P.H. is the Dean of the School of Public Health and Health Services, George Washington University, and Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health.  She has conducted research on the interaction of numerous environmental influences, including chemicals, on children’s health.
  • Catherine Thomasson, MD is executive director of Physicians for Social Responsibility and is an internal medicine physician who has worked in teaching roles and as a clinician for the past 30 years.

Please RSVP or request more information by contacting Barbara Gottlieb (202) 587-5225 or bgottlieb@psr.org. Co-sponsored by Physicians for Social Responsibility and American Nurses Association.

*This is a widely attended event.

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