Health and Environmental Effects Research
New York Academy of Sciences Invites TAD Scientist To Be Fetal Programming Symposium Panelist
The New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS) and the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Center have invited the NHEERL Toxicity Assessment Division (TAD) Director John Rogers to be a panelist at a symposium that will explore the genetic, epigenetic, and environmental factors responsible for pre-term birth and fetal programming in utero. Titled, “Fetal Programming and Environmental Exposures: Implications for Prenatal Care and Pre-term Birth,” the conference will take place on June 11 and 12, 2012, at the NYAS Conference Center in New York. There, Dr. Rogers will share his thoughts on how the scientific community can better predict, assess, and lower the risk of environmental and genetic factors that predispose organisms to adverse developmental outcomes and pre-term birth.
A biologist and embryologist by training, Dr. Rogers has focused much of his research on environmentally induced birth defects. He has conducted many studies on the effects of chemicals on fetal development and has found evidence that the offspring of mice exposed to certain compounds are more susceptible to elevated blood pressure and increased body fat mass as adults. Dr. Rogers has published his findings in Birth Defects Research, Reproductive Toxicology, and Toxicological Sciences, among many others.
Fetal programming refers to the concept that conditions in the womb may play as big a role as do genes in how peoples’ bodies function throughout their lifetimes. It is being increasingly recognized that, during prenatal development, environmental and pharmaceutical exposures can influence adversely fetal metabolic programming and, thus, play a role in pre-term birth, as well as in later susceptibility to health disorders, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and cardiovascular disease.