Alaska Collaborative on Health and the Environment

Perfluorinated compounds (PFCs) in the Arctic Environment: Sources, Transport, and Health Concerns for Fish, Wildlife, and People, recorded 4/24/13.

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Perfluorinated compounds (PFCs) in the Arctic Environment: Sources, Transport, and Health Concerns for Fish, Wildlife, and People was recorded on April 24th, 2013 and hosted by ACAT’s Alaska Collaborative on Health and the Environment (CHE-AK). Listen to the call recording and watch the presentation slides (see below) for a discussion on perfluorinated compounds (PFCs) which are synthetic chemicals widely used to make materials stain resistant, including fabrics and metals. PFCs are persistent organic pollutants that remain in the environment for long periods of time and accumulate in the bodies of fish, wildlife, and people. Exposure to PFCs has been linked to adverse health effects, including reproductive and developmental effects, endocrine disruption and certain cancers. Join Dr. Craig Butt, post-doctoral research fellow in the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University for a discussion of the biological fate of PFCs in the arctic where he looked at PFCs in ringed seals and seabirds in the Canadian Arctic and  Carol Kwiatkowski, PhD, Executive Director and Senior Research Associate at The Endocrine Disruption Exchange who will discuss the Critical Windows of Development online tool showing when low-dose exposure to PFCs during fetal development can result in altered health outcomes.

Presenters:

Dr. Craig Butt

Dr. Craig Butt

Dr. Craig Butt, post-doctoral research fellow in the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University.  Dr. Butt investigates how classes of chemicals used as flame retardants and stain repellents enter the body, impact body systems and break down in people and wildlife. His current research uses mass spectrometry and novel in vitro techniques to investigate the potential for brominated flame retardants to disrupt the thyroid hormone system in humans. He completed his PhD in Environmental Chemistry at the University of Toronto. For his U of T doctorate, he investigated the fate of fluorinated stain repellents in arctic wildlife and fish. Dr. Craig Butt’s presentation slides: Perfluorinated Compounds (PFCs) in the Arctic Environment: Sources, Transport and Health Concerns for Fish, Wildlife and People.

 

Carol Kwiatkowski, PhD,Executive Director and Senior Research Associate at The Endocrine Disruption Exchange (TEDX), a US based NGO dedicated to compiling and disseminating the scientific evidence on health and environmental problems caused by low level exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals. Dr. Kwiatkowski created the Critical Windows of Development website tool, a timeline of how the human body develops in the womb, paired with animal research showing when low-dose exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals during development results in altered health outcomes. Dr. Kwiatkowski’s training in behavioral science began at the College of William and Mary where she received her BA, followed by a PhD from the University of Denver. Dr. Kwiatkowski’s presentation slides: TEDX Critical Windows of Development –  A website tool for viewing scientific research on endocrine disrupting chemicals.

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