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Assessing Maternal and Fetal Exposure to Chemicals

EPA Grant Number: R834678C001
Subproject: this is subproject number 001 , established and managed by the Center Director under grant R834678
(EPA does not fund or establish subprojects; EPA awards and manages the overall grant for this center).

Center: Children's Environmental Health and Disease Prevention Research Center: Formative Center - University of California, San Francisco
Center Director: Woodruff, Tracey J.
Title: Assessing Maternal and Fetal Exposure to Chemicals
Investigators: Woodruff, Tracey J.
Institution: University of California - San Francisco
EPA Project Officer: Louie, Nica
Project Period: May 1, 2010 through April 30, 2013
RFA: Children's Environmental Health and Disease Prevention Research Centers: Formative Centers (with NIEHS) (2009)
Research Category: Children's Health

Description:

Objective:

The ubiquitous exposure to environmental contaminants in the US population, combined with the accumulating evidence of immediate and latent harm caused by in utero exposures, increases the need to better understand exposure to chemicals during key stages of development. For most environmental chemicals, studies that examine exposure prior to birth are scarce. Meanwhile, questions about the degree to which chemicals cross the placenta, accumulate in the fetus and are metabolized remain unanswered. There is a critical need for studies that are designed specifically to answer these questions. In this project we will gather data on chemical exposures during pregnancy, when certain aspects of development are particularly vulnerable to disruption. We will also explore the feasibility and accuracy of using maternal biological monitoring results to predict in utero exposure.

Expected Results:

This data will fill key gaps in our understanding of exposure before birth and capacity to detoxify Bisphenol A (BPA) and could inform and strengthen future studies of the effects of BPA and other environmental chemicals on development.

Supplemental Keywords:

risk assessment, metabolism, bioavailability, ethnic groups, endocrine disruptors, sensitive populations, decision making, measurement methods, RFA, Health, Scientific Discipline, INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION, Biochemistry, Children's Health, Environmental Policy, Biology, prenatal exposure, biological response, chemical mixtures, children's vulnerablity, assessment of exposure, children's environmental health


Main Center Abstract and Reports:
R834678    Children's Environmental Health and Disease Prevention Research Center: Formative Center - University of California, San Francisco

Subprojects under this Center: (EPA does not fund or establish subprojects; EPA awards and manages the overall grant for this center).
R834678C001 Assessing Maternal and Fetal Exposure to Chemicals
R834678C002 Assessing the Effects of BPA Exposure on Early Human Development
R834678C003 (Pilot Study): Predictors of Maternal Exposure to BPA During Pregnancy

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