Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals and Women's Reproductive Health

Left side: standing black pregnant woman. Right side: colorful rendering of a chemical compound

Thursday, June 2, 2022
11:00 a.m. (Pacific Time)




Check out this video to watch the Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals and Women's Reproductive Health.

Applying an Environmental Justice Framework to Epidemiologic Studies

A Speaker Series:
Toxicology and Societies
The Impacts of Chemicals in Our Lives

Brought to you by:
WWU Institute of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
WWU Alumni Association

Please join us for the next speaker in our series on Toxicology and Societies: The Impacts of Chemicals in our Lives.

In this talk, Dr. James-Todd will present epidemiologic studies evaluating the evidence of environmental endocrine disrupting chemicals on women's reproductive health outcomes. She will provide an environmental justice framework to the epidemiologic evidence, highlighting the critical role of exposure assessment and understanding of health disparities across a number of environmental exposures and adverse reproductive health outcomes. Examples will include personal care products, phthalates, gestational diabetes, and acculturation measures. In addition, she will pose the importance of asking solution-oriented research questions for reduction of environmental health disparities and the improvement of health equity.

This seminar series aims to help you better appreciate, understand, and evaluate the many ways that manufactured chemicals (more than 300,000) interact with all humans on Earth.

More information about the speaker series is available here. All past Toxicology and Societies recordings are available here.

Dr. Tamarra James-Todd

Dr. Tamarra James-Todd


Dr. Tamarra James-Todd is an environmental reproductive epidemiologist researching the role of environmental chemicals on women’s cardiometabolic health across the reproductive lifecourse. She directs the Environmental Reproductive Justice (ERJ) Lab, which seeks to investigate and improve adverse environmental exposure and reproductive health disparities. Her work particularly focuses on the importance of pregnancy as a sensitive window of environmental chemical exposures. Dr. James-Todd is the Principal Investigator of two NIEHS funded R01 grants, focusing on endocrine disrupting chemicals and adverse maternal health outcomes during pregnancy, postpartum and mid-life in the ERGO study and Project Viva. Learn more about Dr. James-Todd.

Ruth Sofield

Ruth Sofield


Ruth Sofield is a Professor of environmental toxicology and chemistry in the Huxley College of the Environment. She received her Ph.D. and M.S. in Environmental Science and Engineering at the Colorado School of Mines. Ruth’s research group focuses on the effects of water and air pollution. Their current projects include the aquatic toxicity of microplastic and tire wear particles, and the use of moss as a biomonitoring tool for particulate matter. Ruth is a member of the Puget Sound Partnership Science Panel and the President of the Pacific Northwest Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry.

Tracy Collier

Tracy Collier


Tracy Collier received his Ph.D. in Fisheries Sciences from the University of Washington. He has worked for over 45 years as a toxicologist, with more than 35 of those years spent at NOAA’s Northwest Fisheries Science Center, where he served as the director of a science division that employed up to 100 people, covering several disciplines, including environmental toxicology, analytical chemistry, harmful algal blooms, and watershed processes. He has over 175 scientific publications, and currently is an affiliate faculty at Western.

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