Environmental Agents and Reproductive Health


Principal Investigator:
Russ Hauser

Department of Environmental Health, Department of Epidemiology

Dates of Research:
November 26, 2008 — February 28, 2009


An important but understudied area in environmental health is the potential human health impact of modern chemical exposure. Among the 80,000 chemicals of modern life, a subset is hormonally active and may adversely affect reproductive health, specifically fertility, as well as pregnancy and birth outcomes. The objective of this study is to determine the clinical and public health impact of two classes of these chemicals on male and female reproductive function. The researchers will study mothers and their 3-6 month old infants to determine if prenatal exposure to these chemicals alters perinatal outcomes.