Impacts of Endocrine Disruptor Chemicals

on Human Health and the

Aquatic Environment

Frances Solomon, PhD

Teleconference Description

Organic chemicals are discharged to water, air, and soil from various human activities, and have the ability to biomagnify in food webs and persist in fatty tissues of organisms. Many of these chemicals are found in everyday household products and have toxic effects from the molecular to the organism to the ecosystem level, including endocrine disruption. Endocrine disruption effects are fascinating, alarming, and far-reaching. This webinar will be an overview of persistent organic pollutants that are endocrine disruptor chemicals (EDCs). These chemicals of emerging concern include pesticides, polychlorinated biphenyls, polybrominated diphenyl ethers, bisphenol-A, phthalates, and perfluorinated compounds. The webinar will begin with a description of the sources, properties, and mechanism of action of EDCs, and exposure pathways. We will then focus on the impacts of specific EDCs and mixtures of EDCs, primarily on humans, with some examples drawn from the aquatic environment, e.g., impacts on brain development, reproductive health, carbohydrate metabolism, and body weight, and links between EDCs and certain types of cancer in humans. The webinar will conclude with a discussion of regulatory reform and individual actions that can be taken to reduce exposure to EDCs.

Speaker Biography

Dr. Frances Solomon is an environmental biologist with a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Rochester (Rochester, New York), and a master’s degree in environmental health and Ph.D. in fisheries/aquatic ecology from the University of Washington (Seattle, Washington). She has over 25 years of experience in environmental agencies, focusing on the biological impacts of toxic water pollutants, pollution prevention and control, and cleanup of contaminated sites.

Dr. Solomon is passionate about bringing her work experience and knowledge to the classroom. She teaches short courses and gives lectures for health care professionals, environmental professionals, and the general public in Washington State, Alaska, and Canada on impacts of metals and persistent organic pollutants, including endocrine disruptor chemicals (EDCs), on aquatic ecosystems and human health. In fall 2010, she gave lectures about EDCs to faculty and students at Hokkaido University and Keio University in Japan. She also teaches “Environmental Pollution” at Western Washington University, Huxley College of the Environment on the Peninsulas. She has taught environmental biology courses at University of Washington Tacoma, The Evergreen State College Tacoma, University of British Columbia, and Northwest University in Xi’an, China.

Dr. Solomon conducts research for the Washington Toxics Coalition ( on sources of toxic chemicals to Puget Sound and their impacts on the aquatic environment and human health. She is Vice-President of the Pacific Northwest chapter of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (, and will be chapter President in 2011. Outside of professional and mentoring activities, she is an enthusiastic hiker, bicyclist, and international traveler.

Call Details

WHEN: Tuesday January 11th, 2011

TIME: 2-3pm Eastern Time

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Moderator: Laura Abulafia, MHS

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