As part of our everyday lives we are exposed to a wide variety of chemicals derived from consumer products, such as foam, electronic equipment and plastics that enter our food and drinking water. Even low doses of substances that disrupt the body’s own hormones can exert important biological effects during critical windows of susceptibility.

In the past decade governments across the world have regulated the production, uses and importation of specific environmental chemicals that have been shown to disrupt hormone actions. However, there is often little information on the degree to which we are exposed to these replacements or on their health impacts.

Our research focuses on determining the extent to which we are exposed to these chemicals and on testing their effects on the male and/or female reproductive systems.

Our goal is to transform the knowledge that is acquired during our research into international policy objectives and legal standards.


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Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals: Towards Responsible Replacements

(An International Multidisciplinary Team Grant Research Project)

Exposures to endocrine disrupting chemicals are suspected of contributing to the declines in human fertility reported from the developed world.

Read more about our CIHR research project on EDCs

Impact of the Organophosphate Ester Flame Retardants found in the Canadian Environment on the Reproductive System

Organophosphate esters are everywhere but are they safe?

Read more about our CIHR research project on OPEs

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