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Children’s Environmental Health Research Center at Illinois

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Dr. Andrea Aguiar is one of the investigators in the
Children’s Environmental Health Research Center at Illinois, which is researching the impact of bisphenol A (BPA), phthalates, and other endocrine disruptors on child development.

Your support can help advance this multifaceted program seeking answers to important health questions.

  • How does exposure to bisphenol A (BPA), phthalates and other chemicals found in plastics and personal care products affect neurological and reproductive development and function?
  • Does obesity or a diet high in saturated fats interact with exposures to these chemicals to increase risk?
  • Do oxidative stress or inflammation play a role in mediating the effects of these chemicals?

Researchers are exploring these questions broadly, studying both human and animal populations during two critical developmental windows: the prenatal period and the adolescent/pubertal period.

An important component of this work is to communicate research findings to parents, childcare providers, healthcare providers, and policy makers to ensure that children receive the benefits of the latest research findings.

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