The Great Lakes Center for Children’s Environmental Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health will be hosting its second annual reproductive environmental health conference, Chemicals, Pollution, and Pregnancy. The purpose of the conference is to educate healthcare providers about the latest, most promising research developments and clinical advancements for environmental exposures as they relate to reproductive environmental health. The learning objectives for the conference are to:
1.) Explain the concept of endocrine disruption.
2.) List 3 adverse reproductive health outcomes associated with chemical contaminants.
3.) Counsel women on avoiding reproductive health toxins.
4.) Explain the source and extent of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) drinking water contamination, focusing on the primary sources for the general public, but also how specific populations can be exposed to high levels in sources such as drinking water.
5.) Summarize the known health effects associated with exposure to PFAS compounds so that physicians are aware of symptoms that could be associated with that exposure and be a resource for answering questions from their patients.
6.) Present the currently available guidance for physicians about the evaluation of PFAS exposure.
The keynote speaker will be Dr. Marya Zlatnik, a professor of obstetrics, gynecology, & reproductive sciences at the University of California, San Francisco, and a maternal fetal medicine specialist, with clinical expertise in ultrasound and the diagnosis of fetal anomalies.
The event will take place on September 18, 2019 in Chicago. Registration is free and CME credits are pending.