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Environmental Endocrine Disruptors
June 3-8, 2012
Mount Snow Resort
West Dover, VT

Related Meeting Information
The Environmental Endocrine Disruptors Gordon Research Conference was held in conjunction with the Environmental Endocrine Disruptors Gordon Research Seminar. Please refer to the Environmental Endocrine Disruptors GRS web page for more information.

2012 is the 50th anniversary of the publication of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring, the book that called attention to the devastation caused by what are now referred to as Environmental Endocrine Disruptors (EEDs). The 2012 GRC on EEDs will be held June 3-8, 2012 at the Mount Snow Resort, VT. The unifying goal for the 2012 conference is to link basic research, clinical investigation, epidemiological studies, and public health research to the real world environment. Session Topics are: EEDs, Society and Public Policy; Women’s Health and EEDs; Men’s Health and EEDs;.Gene-Environment Interactions, Epigenetics, and EEDs; Thyroid and Immune System Disruptors; Neuroendocrine Disruptors; Resolving Controversies in Endocrine Disruption; Evolution in a Contaminated Environment; and EEDs and Ecosystems: In Honor of Rachel Carson. The scientific presentations, discussions and poster sessions at this conference are designed to expand our understanding of the mechanisms by which endocrine disruptors may contribute to disease processes, including effects of developmental exposures on human health, epidemiological studies, outcomes for wildlife and ecosystems, and underlying mechanisms of action of endocrine disruptors. The collegial and cooperative atmosphere that has traditionally characterized the GRC on EEDs will provide the perfect setting for intellectual development and collegial discussions to further basic and biomedical research in this field. This year, a Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) will be held the day prior to the GRC, and we encourage applicants at the trainee level to apply to both meetings. The 2012 GRC will be a unique forum for learning about interdisciplinary, cutting-edge research on EEDs, and to see just how far we have come in the 50 years since Silent Spring.

Note: The Chairs have created a flyer to advertise the meeting, which can be downloaded by clicking here (PDF Format, right-click and "Save As" to download).


Contributors

SUNDAY
2:00 pm - 9:00 pmArrival and Check-in (Office Closed 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm)
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 7:40 pmWelcome / Introductory Comments by GRC Site Staff
7:40 pm - 9:30 pmKeynote: Endocrine Disruptors, Society, and Public Policy
Discussion Leader: Andrea Gore (University of Texas at Austin)
7:40 pm - 8:20 pmKeynote Speaker: Paul Anastas (Yale University)
"Green chemistry and endocrine disruptors"
8:20 pm - 8:35 pmDiscussion
8:35 pm - 9:15 pmKeynote Speaker: Pete Myers (CEO, Environmental Health Sciences)
"What Rachel Carson Started"
9:15 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
MONDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmWomen's Health and Environmental Endocrine Disruptors
Discussion Leader: Ana Soto (Tufts University)
9:00 am - 9:40 amSuzanne Fenton (NIEHS)
"Endocrine disruptors, breast development, and breast milk"
9:40 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 amGroup Photo / Coffee Break
10:30 am - 11:10 amEvanthia Diamanti-Kandarakis (University of Athens)
"Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and bisphenol A (BPA): Experimental and clinical data"
11:10 am - 11:30 amDiscussion
11:30 am - 12:10 pmBarbara Cohn (Center for Research on Women's and Children's Health)
"Transgenerational endocrine disruptors in women - an epidemiological perspective"
12:10 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmMen's Health and Environmental Endocrine Disruptors
Discussion Leaders: Zengrong Sun (Tianjin Medical University) and Martine Culty (McGill University)
7:30 pm - 8:10 pmShanna Swan (Mount Sinai School of Medicine)
"Links between maternal endocrine disruptors and male reproductive development"
8:10 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 9:10 pmNiels Jorgensen (Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen, Denmark)
"Human Semen quality in the new millenium - a matter of concern"
9:10 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
TUESDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmGene-Environment Interactions, Epigenetics, and EEDs
Discussion Leader: Jerrold Heindel (NIEHS)
9:00 am - 9:40 amCheryl Walker (Texas A&M Health Sciences Center)
"Developmental exposures to endocrine disruptors and epigenetic programming of reproductive cancer"
9:40 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 amCoffee Break
10:30 am - 11:10 amDana Dolinoy (University of Michigan)
"Epigenetics and environmental exposures"
11:10 am - 11:30 amDiscussion
11:30 am - 12:10 pmBarbara Hales (McGill University)
"The impact of male germ cell toxicant exposures on chromatin remodeling in the pre-implantation embryo"
12:10 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmThyroid and Immune System Disruptors
Discussion Leader: R.Thomas Zoeller (University of Massachusetts-Amherst)
7:30 pm - 8:10 pmBarbara Demeneix (CNRS UMR, Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris)
"Thyroid disruption: lessons learned from tadpoles and mice"
8:10 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 9:10 pmRodney Dietert (Cornell University)
"Environmental endocrine disruption and immune dysfunction"
9:10 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
WEDNESDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmNeuroendocrine Disruptors
Discussion Leader: Emilie Rissman (University of Virginia)
9:00 am - 9:40 amGian Carlo Panzica (University of Turin)
"Endocrine disruption of the hypothalamic control of energy balance"
9:40 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 amCoffee Break
10:30 am - 11:10 amHeather Patisaul (North Carolina State University)
"Developmental exposures to endocrine disruptors: Effects on hypothalamus and behavior"
11:10 am - 11:30 amDiscussion
11:30 am - 12:10 pmVance Trudeau (University of Ottawa)
"Pharmaceuticals as neuroendocrine disruptors"
12:10 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmResolving Controversies in Endocrine Disruption
Discussion Leader: Fred vom Saal (University Missouri)
7:30 pm - 8:10 pmJoe Braun (Harvard University)
"BPA and children's health"
8:10 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 9:10 pmDaniel Zalko (INRA, Toulouse, France)
"BPA and metabolomics"
9:10 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
THURSDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
8:30 am - 9:00 amBusiness Meeting
Nominations for the next Vice Chair; Fill out Conference Evaluation Forms; Discuss future Site & Scheduling preferences; Election of the next Vice Chair
9:00 am - 12:30 pmEvolution in a Contaminated Environment
Discussion Leader: Brandon Moore (Louisiana Tech University)
9:00 am - 9:40 amCharles Tyler (University of Exeter)
"New systems for understanding the wider health impacts of EEDs and their mixtures in fish"
9:40 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 amCoffee Break
10:30 am - 11:10 amDavid Crews (University of Texas at Austin)
"Developmental and transgenerational EEDs - Adaptation to the contaminated world"
11:10 am - 11:30 amDiscussion
11:30 am - 12:10 pmAndrew Whitehead (University of California - Davis)
"How to repeatedly evolve extreme pollution tolerance in a vertebrate model"
12:10 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmEndocrine Disruptors and Ecosystems: In Honor of Rachel Carson
Discussion Leader: Susan Jobling (Brunel University)
7:30 pm - 8:10 pmThea Edwards (Louisiana Tech University)
"Endocrine disruption of plants and ecosystems"
8:10 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 9:10 pm Louis Guillette (University South Carolina)
"EDCs and the Developing Ovary"
9:10 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
FRIDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 amDeparture

This publication was developed under the Assistance Agreement No. X3-83513101-0 awarded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. It has not been formally reviewed by EPA. The views expressed in this document are solely those of GRC and EPA does not endorse any products or commercial services mentioned in this publication.

Funding for this conference was made possible (in part) by 1R13ES021654-01 from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention by trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.

 
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