What is Developmental Toxicology?


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DESCRIPTION: Lead, mercury, PBCs, and pesticides are just a few of the environmental toxins that concern developmental toxicologists. What are the theoretical risks of prenatal exposure? Get the current data on developmental toxicity, and weigh practical considerations for clinicians/educators. Learn about the this emerging field and how you can protect kids from these common toxins:
• Lead
• Mercury
• PCBs, Dibenzofurans, Dibenzodioxins
• Pesticides
• Endocrine disruptors

Guest expert: Randy Phelps, M.D., Ph.D. is a developmental and behavioral pediatrician and assistant professor of pediatrics at the Child Development and Rehabilitation Center, Oregon Health and Sciences University (OHSU). Dr. Phelps is a guest lecturer in an educational series sponsored by the University Center for Excellence on Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) at the UO College of Education.

The UCEDD units and activities include instructional and research faculty of the College of Education; the Oregon Health and Sciences Child Development and Rehabilitation Center on the UO College of Education campus offers an interdisciplinary clinical practicum setting where medical diagnoses, referral, and/or treatment are provided for children in Western Oregon. The UCEDD at the University of Oregon serves populations at risk through partnerships with a wide range of federal, state government, school district and other institutions to promote research, development, evaluation, and technical assistance addressing developmental disability.