UNH Speakers Bureau
Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals in Humans and Wildlife
Endocrinology is the study of hormones. Hormones are the chemical signals that control all processes within an organism—at the cellular level (ex. gene), tissue (ex. Brain, thyroid) or organismal (ex. growth, development, behavior). Research shows that hundreds of different chemicals, particularly manmade, contribute to the malfunction in the performance of a body’s endocrine systems. Endocrine Disruptors are defined as any chemical that can exert its effect by mimicking or interfering with the actions of hormones that can produce adverse effects in humans and wildlife http://www.epa.gov/endocr This presentation will cover some of the common chemicals and the adverse impacts they are having on both humans and wildlife.