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INNOVATIVE TOOLS AND METHODS FOR ASSESSING CHILDREN'S POTENTIAL CHEMICAL EXPOSURE
TULVE, N. S., KACEE DEENER, C. SAINT, E. A. COHEN-HUBAL, L. J. MELNYK, L. S. SHELDON, AND D. STOUT. INNOVATIVE TOOLS AND METHODS FOR ASSESSING CHILDREN'S POTENTIAL CHEMICAL EXPOSURE. Presented at EPA Science Forum 2006, Washington, DC, May 16 - 18, 2006.
The overall goal of this research program is to identify those chemicals, pathways, and activities that represent the highest potential exposures to children and to determine the factors that influence these exposures. The following objectives will address this goal:
Revise and refine the existing research plan for children's exposure measurements research.
Collect measurement data on children's exposures.
Provide analytical support to children's pesticide exposure research.
Develop analytical methods for pesticides in duplicate diet food samples.
Develop and apply analytical methods for other chemicals including but not limited to brominated diphenyl ethers, phthalates, perfluorinated chemicals.
Evaluate the impact of chiral chemistry on the risk to children and exposure assessment.
Provide support to the National Children's Study.
Perform data analyses to fill critical data gaps.
Conduct analyses of dietary samples and refine the dietary model for the dietary exposure algorithm.
Children's exposures to environmental contaminants are different than adults, due in part to differences in physiologic functions. Research on children's exposure to environmental contaminants is currently being performed within EPA, academia, industry, and other research organizations.