Join the Great Lakes Green Chemistry Network and Elise Miller, Director, Collaboration on Health and the Environment for this free webinar 3 p.m. Wednesday,
For decades, science has suggested that chemical contaminants can profoundly impact neurodevelopment starting with fetal development. In fact, the more researchers have focused on known neurotoxicants, such as lead, mercury and PCBs, concerns about how these chemicals might contribute to learning and developmental disabilities have only deepened.
In addition, the growing field of epigenetics now points to the non-genetic heritability over generations of certain health concerns, including neurodevelopmental problems that were initially triggered by exposures to certain contaminants.
As founder and executive director of the Institute of Children’s Environmental Health, Elise Miller started to engage national learning and developmental disabilities groups, such as the Learning Disabilities Association, the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and the Autism Society, in 2002. The intention was to educate these constituencies about the emerging environmental health science so that they could become a strong health-sector voice for chemical policy reform.
What became known as the Collaborative on Health and the Environment’s (CHE’s) Learning and Developmental Disabilities Initiative then helped these organizations catalyze their own environmental health initiatives.
Now as director of the CHE, Elise will discuss the current science on links between chemical contaminants and neurodevelopment and how safer alternatives and green chemistry could reduce exposures that put children at risk for learning and developmental disabilities.