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Environmental Endocrine Disruptors (GRS)
Gordon Research Seminar

Evaluating Effects of EDCs in the Era of Genes, Genetics, and Genomics: How Will Molecular Data Inform and Transform Our Understanding of Endocrine Disruption in Clinical, Conservation, and Evolutionary Biology?


June 18-19, 2016


Grand Summit Hotel at Sunday River
Newry, ME


Ann M. Petersen

Meeting Description

The Gordon Research Seminar on Environmental Endocrine Disruptors is a unique forum for graduate students, post-docs, and other scientists with comparable levels of experience and education to present and exchange new data and cutting edge ideas.

The focus of this meeting is the role of emerging and novel tools in the study of mechanisms and pathologies associated with exposure to endocrine disruptors in humans and wildlife. From pollinator loss to prenatal EDC exposure in humans, widespread availability of molecular and computational tools are become necessary and invaluable to discovering mechanisms underlying pathologies associated to exposure to EDCs. How are emerging tools going to transform our understanding of modes of action of EEDs? How are different fields deploying these tools in unique and powerful ways? Crucially, how can the novel use of molecular and "omics" tools in the fields of conservation, evolutionary, and clinical biology be integrated to further our understanding of the widespread pattern of disruption caused by some environmental EEDs? We will evaluate molecular and computational data as a conservation tool in endocrine disruption in health and disease in wildlife and novel and cutting-edge use of molecular data in clinical and translational biology. Our goal is to exchange ideas among scientists in training, in order to inspire and guide our research as we emerge as independent cutting-edge leaders in our scientific community.

Related Meeting

This GRS was held in conjunction with the "Environmental Endocrine Disruptors" Gordon Research Conference (GRC). Refer to the associated GRC program page for more information.


Final Meeting Program

2:00 pm - 5:00 pmArrival and Check-in
3:30 pm - 3:45 pmIntroductory Comments by GRC Site Staff / Welcome by the GRS Conference Chair
3:45 pm - 4:30 pmKeynote Session: Using Genomic Tools to Investigate EED Chemicals in Human and Animal Health
Discussion Leader: Ann Petersen (Oregon State University, USA)
3:45 pm - 4:20 pmJohn Postlethwait (University of Oregon, USA)
"Using Genomic Tools to Investigate EED Chemicals in Human and Animal Health"
4:20 pm - 4:30 pmDiscussion
4:30 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmMolecular Data as a Conservation Tool in Endocrine Disruption in Health and Disease in Wildlife and Threatened Species
Discussion Leader: Alan Vajda (University of Colorado Denver, USA)
7:30 pm - 7:50 pmDavid Bertolatus (University of Colorado Denver, USA)
"Transcriptome Profiling in Fathead Minnow Following Exposure to Complex Chemical Mixtures Associated with Different Landuse Classes"
7:50 pm - 8:00 pmDiscussion
8:00 pm - 8:20 pmThomas Galligan (Medical University of South Carolina, USA)
"Examining Steroid Hormone Homeostasis in Bottlenose Dolphins Exposed to Dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT)"
8:20 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 8:50 pmAlison Gardell (University of Alaska Anchorage, USA)
"Elucidating the Mechanism of Action for Perchlorate-Induced Endocrine Disrupting Effects in Threespine Stickleback"
8:50 pm - 9:00 pmDiscussion
9:00 pm - 9:20 pmAbby Wenzel (Medical University of South Carolina / National Institute of Standards and Technology, USA)
"Racial Differences in Phthalate Exposure Among a Population of Pregnant Women from South Carolina"
9:20 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 11:00 amNovel and Cutting-Edge Use of Molecular Data in Clinical and Translational Biology
Discussion Leader: Scott Belcher (North Carolina State University, USA)
9:00 am - 9:20 amSheryl Arambula (North Carolina State University, USA)
"Impact of Prenatal BPA Exposure on Sex-Specific Neonatal Rat Hypothalamic and Hippocampal Gene Expression"
9:20 am - 9:30 amDiscussion
9:30 am - 9:50 amDaniel Ruiz (University of Chicago, USA)
"Developmental Misprogramming of Growth and Metabolism by Perinatal Exposure to the Fungicide Tolylfluanid in Female Mice"
9:50 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:20 amKatie Pelch (National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, NIH, USA)
"Systematic Literature Review of Bisphenol A (BPA) Analogues and Analysis of High Throughput Screening Data"
10:20 am - 10:30 amDiscussion
10:30 am - 10:50 amMichael Reilly (University of Texas at Austin, USA)
"The Effects of Prenatal PCB Exposure on the Sociality of Adult Rats"
10:50 am - 11:00 amDiscussion
11:00 am - 12:30 pmPoster Session

Coffee will be served in the poster area from 11:00 am - 11:30 am
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmMentorship Component: Panel Discussion
A panel discussion by NIH and academic senior scientists.
Discussion Leader: Frank von Hippel (Northern Arizona University, USA)
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmPanel Discussion
"Getting Funding for Your Research at Every Stage of Your Career"
  • Scott Belcher (North Carolina State University, USA)
  • Christopher Kassotis (Duke University, USA)
  • Heather Patisaul (North Carolina State University, USA)
  • John Postlethwait (University of Oregon, USA)
  • Thaddeus Schug (National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, NIH, USA)
2:30 pm - 3:00 pmEvaluation Period
Fill in GRS Evaluation Forms
3:00 pmSeminar Concludes

Funding for this conference was made possible (in part) by 1 R13 ES 026865 - 01 from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention by trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.
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