Research Conference

12th Annual Women's Health Research Conference

"Environmental Exposures and Hormones: Implications for Health"

Thank you to everyone who attended the Powell Center's 12th Annual Women's Health Research Conference, and to our guest speakers for helping to make this year's event a success!

Monday, April 4, 2016
1:00 pm - 4:30 pm, followed by a reception and poster session, 4:30 - 6:00 pm
Coffman Theater, Coffman Memorial Union
University of Minnesota Twin Cities

 Conference Learning Objectives: 

  • Describe the impact of environmental (or industrial) chemical agents (known as endocrine disruptors) that mimic or alter hormone (endocrine) action on human health.
  • Identify opportunities for interdisciplinary research related to environmental exposures to endocrine disruptors or during chronic conditions that impact human health via endocrine disruption.
  • Expand knowledge on the interface between environmental factors that modify hormone action and normal endocrine (hormone-driven) pathways relevant to all aspects of human health.
  • Discover new strategies, treatments, and/or protocols aimed at improving health and reducing risks to health associated with exposure to endocrine disruptors or during conditions that alter hormones (i.e. obesity, diabe
    tes, or menopause).

About the Conference:

Endocrine disruptors are industrial chemicals that, when inadvertently consumed by humans, can interfere with the actions of natural hormones in the body (known as the endocrine (or hormone) system). Any tissue or process in the body controlled by hormones can be derailed by “endocrine disruptors” such as bisphenol-A (BPA), a nearly ubiquitous chemical commonly found in plastic bottles and food containers. Recently The Endocrine Society released a statement on Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals (EDCs) specifically listing obesity, diabetes, female reproduction, male reproduction, hormone-sensitive cancers in females, prostate cancer in males, thyroid, and neurodevelopment and neuroendocrine systems as being significantly effected by exposure to EDCs. 

This conference will explore the effects of environmental exposure to EDCs as well as specific chronic conditions (obesity, diabetes, menopause, exercise) of altered hormone action and their impact on human health. Our special guests include Drs. Cheryl Walker (Texas A&M) and Shuk-Mei Ho (University of Cincinnati) whose research is focused on the impact of EDCs on reproduction and cancer. We are also pleased to present a panel discussion featuring local University of Minnesota experts in mature women’s health/hormone replacement (Dr. June Lavalleur), diabetes and obesity (Dr. Shalamar Sibley), and women's health and smoking cessation (Dr. Sharon Allen).

Dr. Shuk-Mei Ho of the University of Cincinnati

This conference is co-sponsored by:

Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota , The University of Minnesota Department of Medicine, and The University of Minnesota Center for Leadership Education in Maternal & Child Public Health