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The seminar will deal with the problems arising from the increasing numbers of environmental pollutants that can interfere with brain development.
The principal concern is that unborn children are exposed to mixtures of pollutants in the mother’s body from conception onwards. Many of these substances act by interfering with the action of thyroid hormone. Thyroid hormone is essential for brain development in the unborn, newborn and developing infant. Consequences could occur at the level of the health and potential of individual children but also at the population level with major socio-economic implications.
Prof. Barbara Demeneix, Director: Département Regulations and Development.
Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle, Paris - inaugural recipient of the EU Centre's International Visiting Fellowship award.
Since 1990, Barbara Demeneix has held a professorship in the Comparative Physiology Laboratory, a CNRS mixed research unit within the Natural History Museum in Paris, a higher education and research institution. She was appointed head of the research unit in 1995 and Department head in 2000.